This omnibus edition features material from eight of Search Press's "Beginner's Guide" series of embroidery books, providing stitchers with basic information on a variety of techniques. Each section includes a brief introduction to supplies and techniques, followed by simple projects suitable for beginners. There are few books published on most of these techniques, which include blackwork, goldwork, Hardanger, and Mountmellick, but these traditional forms do have modern appeal. VERDICT Though there's not a lot of depth, the wide variety of coverage, including some lesser-known embroidery styles, makes this a good value for library collections.
Patricia Bage is a professional crafter and the owner of Patricia-Ann Designs; her patterns are available worldwide. Pat Trott is a professional embroiderer whose work has been featured in "Needlework Magazine" and "New Stitches Magazine." Clare Hanham is the owner of Vine Embroidery and runs embroidery classes in her studio and for other embroidery shops and guilds. Ruth Chamberlin studied at the School of Embroidery, London, and has embroidered vestments for the Archbishop of Cantebury. Jill Carter runs her own successful embroidery school and is a regular contributor to major exhibitions and needlecraft magazines. Lesley Wilkins is a blackwork expert whose designs have appeared in "Needlecraft""Magazine" and "Needlework""Magazine." Kay Dennis has written articles for a leading needlecraft magazine and has lectured and demonstrated widely. Jane Rainbow is a professional embroiderer who has produced her own crewel embroidery video and runs workshops for students.