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Ready To Stitch
Lesley Taylor

Search Press
9 May 2014 / ISBN 9781844489107
How-To Books/Embroidery

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


If you have ever wanted to learn freestyle embroidery, looked at finished examples or stitch encyclopedias and thought it looked daunting, you need this book. In here you can find out what you need to start embroidering, diagrams of the stitches you really need to know, samples of finished work, ideas for projects and a variety of embroidery transfers.

This title is in the same new series as Ready To Stitch Flowers by Lesley Taylor (also reviewed on this site). The series does for embroidery what the Ready To Paint series did for painting; provide the beginner with all you need to know to start the hobby apart from thread, fabric and tools. You can find out how to transfer the transfers and there is even a pocket to store them at the back for re-use. Find out the basics such as what you need to buy (not much), how to use a hoop, finishing off etc. and feast your eyes on worked samples provided with DMC numbers. These are described as samplers and can be treated as such, for they show you what stitches you can use and how the finished item looks. There are also a few pictures of projects made using the transfers, these come without instructions and are just there to show you what can be done. Greetings cards, a Christmas stocking, bunting and clothing are a few things shown. There are thirty-two transfer sheets containing eighty-four designs, many of which are a border with matching motif. Choose from florals (lots of these), art nouveau, Christmas, fairies, fish, butterflies and more. They have all been previously featured in the Design Library or Design Source books, and now spring to new life. I hope this proves to be a long series that garners awards just like the Ready To Paint one; aimed at beginners but also suitable for embroiders looking for attractive transfers.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2014