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Posted January 29, 2012
If you add basic embroidery, sashiko, beading, needlepoint and smocking with ties, belts, tennis shoes, photo albums and portraits you receive the contents of Diana’s book, “Embroidery Everything Workshop.” The content of her book doesn’t stop there. Take a look into the 251 pages, you will also find an array of creative projects suitable for everyone from young to young at heart.
As you open the book, you will notice an envelope with a tag stating, “Open here for 48 original iron-on transfer patterns.” Inside the packet, you will find line drawings for her many projects she has incorporated in the book. A giraffe, squirrel, family tree, butterfly, bear, frog and rabbit are just some of the examples you can embroider.
Diana’s book starts out with definitions for embroidery, crewel, sashiko, applique`, crazy quilting, smocking, needlepoint along with other needlework techniques. She then goes into general instructions on stitching materials such as fabric, needlepoint canvas and stabilizers. Other stitching needs such as threads, rotary cutter, markers, needles and other stitching essentials are explained.
The section “Start Stitching” will teach you how to create different embroidery, needlepoint and smocking stitches. I really enjoyed her “Practice Stitch Card” which you will find in between parts 1 and 2. This handy card can be removed from the book. After you poke holes in the card, you will learn how to create running, back, stem, detached chain, cross and French knot stitches. The card is made of heavy material which can be used over and over again. The card will make teaching young beginners a breeze.
Part 2 will take you into the projects. Here, you will find detailed instructions for an array of projects such as stitching a man’s tie and vest, necklace, folk art skirt, needlepoint belt, booties and mouse toy. A baby book with colors, squirrel, rabbit, fox and frog project looks fun to make as much as it will be to give to a special mother-to-be.
Diana teaches how to monogram hankies, signs and tea towels. Again, each would be a creative gift for a friend or loved one.
If you are interested in a simple stitching book which teaches the basics, this book is for you.
Posted January 18, 2012