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Posted February 20, 2010
Too many embroidery books feature designs that are so "sweet" they make your teeth hurt. But most of this book's designs are quite elegant, and even the ones that are more precious aren't so cute that they make you feel a little ill.
I like the organization by color, but the colors offered are only suggestions: you could easily work a design in blue that was listed as "green," and vice versa. Similarly, although all the designs are monochromatic in the tradition of blackwork, redwork, etc., there are a fair number of designs that could be done in more than one color to good effect.
The book has dozens of photographed project ideas, but does not offer detailed instructions for making them. It's meant to be more a source of inspiration than an instruction manual. If you want step-by-step instructions for making particular items, this is not the book for you. But if you're looking for something to help spur creative thinking and enjoy seeing sophisticated designs beautifully photographed, I highly recommend this one.
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Posted March 25, 2010
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