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Children's LiteratureDirections for general embroidery precede directions for some ten projects including a felt pincushion, stitched greeting card, star ornament, CD pouch, drawstring bag, fleece blanket edging, magnet project, and bracelet. While the introductory matter is denser than the project directions, you do not have to read it completely to get started and readers can take on the nine embroidery stitch directions as needed. "Getting Ready to Embroider" includes directions for transferring a pattern, how to use a hoop, and what floss is and how to use it. While directions assume some common craft tools such as a glue gun, sewing needles, or fabric and cord, stitches can be practiced on any sort of cloth project and mounted on greeting cards, the simplest of the projects. Ending pages include graphed motifs and borders and a cross-stitch alphabet and number chart. This would be a useful book for teen centers, clubs, handwork groups, or scouts projects as the work can be started with adult supervision and then carried on independently. Full-color illustrations make the projects look inviting, fun to do, and cool—an extra plus for the intended audience. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.