If you love folk embroidery (or would like to give it a try), this book is a must-have. No boring old hearts and flowers here. Instead you get traditional motifs arranged into colorful, clean-lined designs by Nancy Nicholson, a very talented British designer. The book itself is beautiful to look at, with photos of the projects that will have you reaching for thread and needle. The projects themselves are simple, yet classy: ornaments and framed pictures; bracelet and brooches; pillows and pincushions and bags. Ho-hum, you might be thinking; nothing new here. But the projects are not really the main point of the book.
Nicholson's aim is to expand your repertoire of stitches and motifs so you can ornament anything you choose with embroidered designs. And she succeeds brilliantly. In addition to the motifs and designs in the projects, there are several pages of motifs (that is, one or more stitches that create a little design, like a sun or a leaf). You can choose from all of these motifs the ones you want to use; and--even better--you can draw on Nicholson's ideas to create your own designs. If you love how-to books that teach you techniques instead of just giving you instructions for projects, you'll love this book.
For novice stitchers the book has one serious drawback (for which I ought to have deducted one star, but it's very possible the publisher, not the author, is responsible). The instructions for stitches are seriously limited, consisting of one diagram per stitch and no verbal instructions. I don't think any beginner could learn stitches from these diagrams alone.
However, if you also get yourself a copy of Marian Nichols's Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches, Including Crewel (Dover Embroidery, Needlepoint), the best resource for learning stitches, then you'll be all set to enjoy yourself with Nancy Nicholson's inspiring book.
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: David and Charles (1 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1446306291
- ISBN-13: 978-1446306291
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 431 g
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Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
66,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #109 in Embroidery (Books)