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More Beautiful Embroidered Blankets
Edited by Anna Scott

Inspirations (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
28 February 2019/ ISBN 9780980575354
How-To Books / Needlecraft

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Decorate your bedrooms with some beautiful blankets. From classic seasonal florals to toys for children and babies there is something to please experienced embroiderers who are up for a challenge.

This is the work of several people, brought together by the editor of Inspirations magazine. Anybody familiar with their stunning heirloom quality projects will place this as a book for the intermediate and advanced stitcher; beginners would be advised to get plenty of practice in before tackling anything in here. The patterns are not only for full sized blankets but for knee rugs and those of a size for cots and children’s beds. There are nine to choose from, and themes include summer flowers, hedgerow, exotic flowers on black fabric, old time circus, pram, teddy bears, Celtic hearts and blackberries. Each project in this large format book is illustrated with lush photographs of the finished work in situ plus closeup details, project stages and some drawn diagrams. Some of these are at the back under Construction, where you can find out how to make up the blankets and also learn some of the more basic stitches. As well as freestyle stitches there is work with appliqué, ribbon, beads and trapunto; instructions are given usually with photographs. Each project has lists of what you need plus stitches and methods, order of work and sections on preparation, embroidery and construction. I found it a help that the book is quite large so nothing is too small and the page sized photographs show what you are aiming to recreate in clear detail. At the back are all the patterns plus notes about each designer and an index divided into projects, construction topics, hints and stitches and techniques. This is also a very beautiful book with its quotations, gorgeously colorful photography and attractively laid out pages. I suddenly feel the need to make a blanket…one for the keeper shelf.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019