Hand embroidery

Book Review - Elegant Embroidery

Another beautiful embroidery book from Reiko Mori.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

Elegant Embroidery is full of elegant embroidery designs, as the name implies. These designs use simple embroidery stitches and include projects such as totes, boxes and more. While complete instructions are included for all of the projects in the book, I could certainly see other possibilities for these designs.

The embroidery designs in this book are exquisite, detailed, and oh so appealing!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

The book is divided into different sections, grouping similar designs in each section, such as Black Collection, Marine, and Flower. Some of the designs in the book include ballet slippers, a gorgeous evening gown, and even a vintage sewing machine!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

 Elegant Embroidery also includes a comprehensive section on embroidery stitches with tips for doing hand embroidery. Full instructions on how to make each of the projects in the book, with diagrams, are also included.

For a closer look at Elegant Embroidery, click on the image below.

 Get your own copy of Elegant Embroidery here.

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Book Review - Floral Motifs to Embroider

If you love floral embroidery designs, you will love this book by Reiko Mori. There are dozens of beautiful designs in this book that look complex – and will take a bit of time to complete – but they all use standard embroidery stitches.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

The appeal of these designs is that they are created with a combination of small floral motifs, which, when all stitched close together, create the final, larger designs.

There are unusual designs in this book that I haven’t seen in other embroidery books, some that would be perfect for a bride and her attendants. Complete instructions and information about hand embroidery are included in Floral Motifs to Embroider.

Although I haven’t heard of heirloom embroidery (like heirloom quilts), I could certainly see how these designs could be used to create heirloom projects. In addition to the designs, complete instructions on projects using these embroidery motifs are included in Floral Motifs to Embroider.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

 I found these designs appealing as they are more intricate than I’m used to seeing in embroidery books and I loved how various small floral motifs were used to create the larger designs. In addition, the designs in the book are ones that you don’t usually see, such as the Japanese traditions designs, the alphabet birds and the tea cups – my favourites!

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

 To get a closer look at Floral Motifs to Embroider, click on the image below to watch the video.

If you want to create unusual, intricate embroidery designs, you’ll need to check out those in Floral Motifs to Embroider.

Get your copy of Floral Motifs to Embroider here.

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Book Review: Lunch-Hour Embroidery

I've discovered another hand embroidery book that I wanted to share with you.

Lunch-Hour Embroidery by Adrienne Smitke is an A to Z of delightful designs.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

This book really is an A to Z as it has all of the letters of the alphabet in it along with whimsical designs.

Lunch-Hour Embroidery uses simple embroidery stitches to create the various designs in the book. This makes it easy for even those who are just starting out in hand embroidery to make any of the designs. The designs are perfect for both adults and children's projects and are simple enough to stitch up quickly - in a lunch hour perhaps ;)

The book is laid out with the designs shown stitched out on one side of the page and the template on the opposite page. I really like that the templates are at 100% (I really don't like having to enlarge a design to create it!). This gives you a very good idea of what the embroidery will look like once you stitch it out.

 
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Image courtesy of Martingale

 

The letters in Lunch-Hour Embroidery are shown in both upper and lower case which allows you to use them to create words, if you want to do so. For example, you could stitch "Fox" and then embroider the fox design underneath it on a onesie or on a pillow or on... lots of fun project possibilities with Lunch-Hour Embroidery!

There are no projects in the book, however you could use these designs on just about anything from a small item embroidered on a child's t-shirt to an heirloom-worthy hand embroidered quilt. I actually like the fact that there aren't any projects in this book because it doesn't limit my ideas for what I can do with these embroideries. 

For a closer look at Lunch-Hour Embroidery, click on the image below to watch a video on my YouTube channel that give you more detail.

Feel like doing some lunch-hour embroidery yourself? Get your own copy of Lunch-Hour Embroidery by clicking here.

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Telecast Thursday - Book Review: Stitches to Savor by Sue Spargo

Hi and welcome to this week's edition of Telecast Thursday. Today I'm sharing a book review of Stitches to Savor by Sue Spargo.

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

Some of the embroideries of Sue Spargo are shared in this book filled with beautiful photos of her amazing work. This isn't a book of embroidery techniques, but it is a book to inspire you to create your own embroidered masterpieces.

 
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Photo courtesy of www.martingale-pub.com

 

You can watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.

I loved browsing through the lovely works in this book and felt inspired to keep creating my own embroidery pieces. I hope that it inspires you to create some of your own embroidered projects too.

 
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Photo courtesy of ww.martingale-pub.com

 

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Learn Hand Embroidery with Me

Can you believe that we're already at the end of November? Christmas is creeping up quickly and I've been working on some gift ideas for this year (okay, I'm actually just thinking about them, but I've almost decided on what I'm going to make).

I like to create quilted or embroidered items as gifts, either technique works for me as long as it is something I can make quickly - because I'm always down to the wire with my gifts. Hey, it's the way I am and has become a bit of a tradition and who wants to break a tradition?! Okay, my hubby would definitely like me to break this tradition, but that's another story :)

 
You can create lovely gifts with just a few hand embroidery stitches that you'll learn in Hand Embroidery Essentials on Curious.com.

You can create lovely gifts with just a few hand embroidery stitches that you'll learn in Hand Embroidery Essentials on Curious.com.

 

Thinking about embroidered items made me realize that I haven't told you about my latest on-line course at Curious.com. When you enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials you'll learn everything you need to know about hand embroidery: tools, fabric, stitches. I've even included my Flourishing Heart pattern in this course and you can work along with me to create your own Flourishing Heart pincushion. It makes the perfect gift either as a pincushion or as an ornament. Create several, add some potpourri to them and they make lovely sachets or basket stuffers.

To learn more about what's included in the course, watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.

Enrol in Hand Embroidery Essentials and create at least one gift in lots of time for Christmas. Unless you'd like to start a new tradition like mine...

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