Stitched Blooms blog tour sent me a book to facilitate an honest review.
Embroidery is an art that I have great admiration. Growing up I remember sitting on the couch, watching pillow cases be embroidered. I laugh now because the person doing the embroidery work was my grandpa–and he was stinkin’ amazing at it! I remember watching the needle weave in and out of the cotton pillow case, leaving behind a trail of colorful embroidery floss that colored pictures of birds and cats.
Next month–gosh! just a week away–there’s a new book, Stitched Blooms, that will be released. It’s cover reminded me of the amazing moments on that couch as my grandpa tried to teach me to “draw with a needle and thread”. Inside, there are a whopping 300 floral motifs to embroider. We are talking floral borders and corners, folk art flowers, nature’s blooms, leaves and more. It beautiful color combinations and Scandinavian folk design that make this a must have book for beginner or experienced embroiderer.
This book isn’t just about the motifs. Readers will discover 20 great projects from easy sewing to embellishing store bought items. It’s inspiration or step-by-step depending on your mood and project creativity.
The book tackles everything needed to start stitching. There’s information and tips about hoops, scissors and how to transfer a pattern. A detailed overview discusses the different types of knots and how to start your embroidery. There is also a stitch glossary that includes basic stitches as well as more advance stitches. I love the content that talks about color and exploring the use of color in making a project our own. I love that the author talks about “color comfort zone” because I find myself here…I am drawn to certain colors and need to branch out and get a bit more variety.
In addition tot he book, Stitched Blooms, also includes a CD with the project templates and motifs featured in the book. Simply import motifs into an image manipulating program, change their size, flip them, combine them and make them your own unique expression. It makes the possibilities limitless and creating fun and personal right from the beginning.
Imagine a skirt embroidered with pomegranate flowers; pincushions featuring sweet little blooms; a trio of pretty, flowery luminary bags boasting pom-pom fringe and more. From big and bold to sweet and small, Stitched Blooms has it all.
Stitched Blooms is a great book for the beginner embroider to anyone who just wants to add something new to their talent. It’s like sitting next to Grandpa learning to embroidery!