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Butterflies, Bees & Bugs
Over 50 Reusable Motifs to Iron On And Embroidery
Transfer and Stitch Series
Sally McCollin

Search Press
30 October 2017/ ISBN 9781782213239
How-To Books/Embroidery

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


There are over fifty iron-on transfers in here depicting a wealth of insects in a variety of styles, from naturalistic to simplistic, cute, folk art, steampunk, art deco, modern and more there is a bug for every occasion.

This book is in three sections, making it easy to get the most out of the transfers. To start with. you can find out what materials and tools you need, learn some essential freestyle embroidery stitches and prepare your hoop. Then each motif is brought to life in the “sampler” section showing one way it can look, complete with a key to DMC floss and instructions. See what the images look like when stitched onto a variety of items in a short photographic chapter, and then there are the transfers themselves. Note that apart from the sampler, there are no actual projects as such, merely ideas on what to embellish. This is enough, for the great thing about transfers is that they are just outlines, and as with a coloring book just looking at them tends to get the creative juices flowing.

Many books on freestyle embroidery mostly use the traditional 6-ply cotton floss, which is very versatile as it comes in so many colors. But this book takes it to the next level by putting DMC’s newer ranges through their paces, and this really brings the images to new and vibrant life. The transfers themselves are on the large side, in keeping with the author’s use of them mostly to decorate clothing. Stylized butterflies, beetles with fancy carapaces, marching ants, patterned caterpillars and more fill the thirty-two transfer sheets, complete with information on how to use them. The outlines are black, making them most suitable for use on white or pale cotton material, but there are also instructions on how to use them on darker fabrics. This is an imaginative, user-friendly and useful addition to Search Press’ Transfer and Stitch series, a modern take on the traditional book of embroidery transfers.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017