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This book surpassed my expectations, which rarely happens. Kudos to C&T and the author for putting together an excellent, comprehensive book on this topic. I have been doing embroidery of all kinds for several years and was delighted to see new (to me) stitches and combinations. The projects are beautiful and inspiring.
—Cindy Gorder, editor, Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects, 8/8/13
Embroidered & Embellished features over eighty stitches using thread, floss, ribbon and more, providing a strong step-by-step guide in full color and including written instructions that leave nothing to wonder. From a range of different flower designs to materials, cutting, and the specifics of locating and transferring designs, choosing stitches, and creating wall hangings and adding beads and embellishments, this is a strong recommendation for any needlework collection, offering techniques and approaches not seen under one cover. Needle workers and reference collections catering to them must have this solid pictorial reference!
The Needlecraft Shelf; 9/18/13
Embroidered & Embellished is a wonderful visual guide to 85 stitches that use thread, floss, ribbon, beads and more. Christen Brown divides the instruction into four sections: traditional embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, raised and textured embroidery, and bead embroidery. For each, she teaches you specific stitches with detailed, up-close photos, and then she includes two different projects that utilize the stitches. If you are new to embroidery, Christen offers a good discussion on the materials to use. I thought her Embroidering With Confidence chapter offered lots of good tips for the novice as well as a refresher for those who have not picked up an embroidery needle for a while.
—The Professional Quilter Magazine; 11/6/13
A fresh collection of 85 embroidery stitches, including traditional, silk ribbon, raised and textured, and bead embroidery. I found this book to be exceptionally beautiful and inspiring! Also available as an eBook.
—Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects; Winter 2013
Posted April 26, 2011
This is one of the best Crazy Quilt books I've ever seen. She goes way beyond basic seam embroidery to things I had never thought to try. I can get instructions for the embroidery stitches used to decorate the seams on a Crazy Quilt anywhere - the internet or any of a dozen books. Allie has an entire chapter on creating your own fabrics where she discusses various types of image transfer, stenciling, or even using Angelina. In her section on materials and tools, she covers all the basic types of thread and quite a few I'd never heard of.
She has Tip boxes scattered throughout the book that I found very helpful. Her section on building CQ blocks was also very interesting. In addition to the traditional methods I've read about elsewhere, she has some new ideas that I'm already trying out. The chapter on embellishments was so fun, especially the three-dimensional flowers.
And then, of course, the gallery. That alone would be worth buying the book. It is a collection of pictures of the most beautiful Crazy Quilts I've ever seen. I'm definitely inspired.
All in all, as a long time sane quilter and a fairly recent Crazy Quilter, I found this book to be invaluable. I highly recommend it.
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