Creative Embroidery and Beyond: Inspiration, Tips, Techniques, and Projects from Three Professional Artists

Walter Foster. Jun. 2023. 144p. ISBN 9780760383070. pap. $24.99. CRAFTS
This portfolio of 18 small, basic embroidery projects is by self-taught textile artists Billingham, Sophie Timms, and Theresa Wensing. It includes useful sections on basic stitches and tools and also shows readers how to transfer designs and create their own patterns. The project directions are sometimes ambidextrous but often lapse into right-handed-only instructions without telling left-handers how to adjust. The illustrations guide readers to stitch from left to right, which is difficult for left-handed people as well. It would’ve also been nice to include a resource section so that readers could easily locate some of the less common supplies, such as Cover-A-Stitch patches, required for a few of the projects.
VERDICT A quick-start intro guide to the craft of embroidery. Best suited for right-handed beginners who want to dive right into projects. Left-handed readers and those who have already mastered the basics but are interested in improving their skills are advised to look elsewhere.
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