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.
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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