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Thread Doodling
BY Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Search Press
6 July 2020/ US 4 August 2020 / ISBN 9781782218012
How-To Books / Needlework

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Grab a hoop, needle and floss and pick one of these twenty designs for instant mindful stitching. This book is all about “stitching in the moment” and getting lost in the fun and relaxing art of freestyle hand embroidery. There are designs to stitch just as they are, and for more confident embroiderers there are others to be customized.

You don’t need to be an experienced embroiderer to tackle any of these projects, although there is plenty here for any level to enjoy. You only need the basics to start, namely fabric, hoop, and suitable needles and floss, although even here you can stitch the designs in any type of thread. Instructions and staged photographs are given for preparing a hoop, working with waste canvas and starting/finishing your thread, as well as quite a number of stitches. Each of the twenty designs is featured on a two spread with large photographs of the finished work, color diagrams, lists of stitches and numbers for DMC floss. There is a short piece on what inspired the design, a nice touch to get your own creative juices flowing, plus suggestions for customization. The last project shows you how to take it further with a freeform piece; the inset photographs show how to build it up from scratch. This would be even better if they were just a little larger, but there are written instructions, too. The rest of the book contains the transfers, each of which can be used up to ten times and is printed on a perforated page. As well as the twenty designs, there are other smaller motifs and some borders, plus a few blackwork patterns. At the beginning of the book is a page with ideas for using your designs including clothing, accessories and household items. Fun, colorful and contemporary, this is fresstyle embroidery for the modern embroiderer.

If you cannot find a good range of embroidery and needlecraft materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2020