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The Encyclopedia of Embroidery Techniques
Encyclopedia Series
Pauline Brown

Search Press
27 September 2016/ ISBN 9781782214755
How-To Books/Embroidery

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


This is an encyclopedia of embroidery techniques, aimed at the embroiderer who wants to learn a wide range of methods for use in modern work. As the book states, whereas once most embroidery used just one technique, these days a lot of work features mixed styles and, of course, some of this is done by machine. Like most craft encyclopedias, this book is not aimed at the beginner, but more for the more experienced person who wants to widen their repertoire. A newcomer to embroidery would also get plenty out of this book, however as it starts off by showing what you need to get and what is out there. In here there is more of an emphasis on taking a look at the variety of fabrics, threads, tools, etc., rather than insisting that you want them all. The author even mentions the few basic items you will need, so anybody new to the subject won’t feel they have to buy the store. The rest of the book is mostly about the various styles, each one being given a short section showing methods of working the stitches, something about the method plus some finished examples. Topics covered include surface embroidery, needlepoint, counted thread, metal thread, machine, appliqué, quilting and a mix of other techniques such as beadwork, stumpwork and needlelace. Anybody wanting to go deeper into each subject will have plenty of choice from the impressive Search Press back catalog, but each section does give enough information to do something. A piece of work with the simpler methods, or a brief overview for the more complex ones, so you can see if this method is for you and for the project you are planning. Finally, to whet your appetite, there is a gallery section entitled Themes which shows how modern embroiders have interpreted various subjects and made use of a wide range of methods. Each picture briefly explains the methods used and each section (landscapes, abstracts, plants, people and animals, plus decorating garments and objects) describes possible approaches and suitable methods. Overall, this is a very useful encyclopedia, which has certainly got me wanting to add a few new embroidery methods to my repertoire.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016