The Modern Embroidery Handbook

White Owl. May 2024. 128p. ISBN 9781399041324. pap. $24.95. CRAFTS
Albans felt she was in a rut soon after the publication of her first book, Colorful Fun Embroidery, so she set a goal to learn a new stitch every week for a year and documented her progress on YouTube in what she called “The Happy Stitch Project.” This book is the result of that journey. Her work is divided into six chapters: “The Sampler,” “First Stitches,” “Borders and Edging,” “Decorative Stitches and Motifs,” “Textures and Knots,” and “Guides and Templates.” The book features more than 70 embroidery stitches and 20 projects, and it comes with easy-to-understand directions and close-up color photos that demonstrate stitching techniques. Readers will learn how to create their own design or copy another. Patterns are for decorating T-shirts and sneakers and for creating a frame, bookmarks, and other fun and customizable projects. Also included is a guide on how to finish the back of an embroidery hoop.
VERDICT This book’s easy-to-follow images are a big plus for readers to learn how to execute basic or more advanced embroidery stitches. For all levels.
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