Expand your enjoyment of embroidery
by learning over 200 stitches. Whatever your preferred style
or fabric, there is a stitch for it, and this larger format
reissue of the 2003 original is an essential resource for
all levels of embroiderer. Although a total beginner might
be daunted by the sheer number of stitches, they could learn
all the basics (and more) from this useful book. As well as
the stitches, there are sections on all the essential topics
from what you need to start through to choosing fabrics, working
from charts, using a hoop and finishing off.
Turn to the back for a short section looking at various types
of embroidery, both freestyle and canvas. Each short description
contains photographs and diagrams to whet the appetite, plus
lists of stitches associated with the style and a brief history.
The bulk of the book is given to the stitches themselves,
which are divided into two sections (fabric and canvas) and
helpfully showcased at the front in a stitch selector. The
stitches are grouped in families, eg line, chain, blanket,
smocking, loops, pulled etc., which makes searching for a
stitch suitable for a particular effect or style easier.
Each stitch is shown photographed, and then how to work it
is shown in one or more colored diagrams. These are very clear
because they are drawn with the thread a contrasting color
to the background, which also contrasts with the white page.
They are also large enough to be easily seen, and backed up
with written instructions. At the base of the page the stitch’s
uses are given, plus any notes. There is an index at the back,
and a page showing more embroidery books by Search Press so
you can take your knowledge further. There are no patterns
or projects, but this is not that type of book; instead this
is one you will never finish working through, and it’s
suitable for every level of embroiderer. Highly recommended.
cannot find a good range of embroidery materials locally try
www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.
Reviews of other Craft titles by Betty
Encyclopaedia of Cross Stitch Techniques
of Knitting Techniques
Techniques For Crochet
Embroidery Stitch Bible