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.
If you cannot find a good range of sugarcraft materials locally
for a list of suppliers.