As a child I remember watching my grandfather embroider towels and pillow cases. He made it look so easy and I remember sitting on the couch next to him trying to learn what he had mastered. His stitches, front and back, were impeccable. I have never acquired the talent, but am always open to trying again.
Diana Rupp, creator of the Sew Everything Workshops, has written “Embroider Everything Workshop“, a comprehensive guide for beginner or aspiring embroiderers. It might be the book that rekindles the memories with my grandpa and gives me a streak of skill. I recognize that I can purchase a machine that will embroider for me, in amazing time, but I want to learn the craft that I remember my grandfather with, the one where love was the process.
In Embroider Everything Workshop, Rupp takes the lead as though she already knows I have no prior experience. She guides me through smocking, counted cross-stitch and needlepoint as well as captures the beauty of freehand linear and chain-stitch based embroidery. While I am familiar with counted cross-stitch, the book offered great advice, tips and tricks to help me build upon my novice skill.
The book does excellent at explanation with plenty of easy to read diagrams of stitches and information relating to the various kinds of needles, threads and canvases. It even touches on the history of embroidery and textiles.
From here, the book leads into how-to projects that present practice for the skill. They are simple and designed so the beginner doesn’t lose interest while using the different embroidery techniques.
I love the lay flat hard cover over spiral bound pages so the book rests open while the reader’s hands are working. It is the perfect touch.
Embroider Everything Workshop includes an envelope with 48 iron-on transfers as patterns and a pull-out stitch practice card where Rupp encourages you to poke holes.
This is a great book regardless of where your skill rests. It is thorough, hands-on and inviting. It truly inspires anyone to create.
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