12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2011
This is one of the best reference books I have ever bought. Produced for the quilter and patchworker, it would be equally valuable for the embroiderer. I have several books containing embroidery stitches but even combined they are not as comprehensive as this book. There are over 250 pages of information in a very handy sized book (roughly A5 size). The introductory chapters provide a useful guide to tools, equipment, threads, fabric, hand and machine sewing techniques, quilt construction and types of quilting. The rest of the book contains the stitch collection for hand or machine sewing and embellishment. The variations on traditional hand sewn stitches is particularly impressive and a bonus for the quilter is that the very clear colour diagrams also show the reverse of the work. This book is excellent value for money and I cannot praise it enough; it's really given me a fresh impetus for my quilting.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This handy little book covers over 200 different stitches and designs for quilting. The start of the book covers essential equipment and techniques and then tells you about the different types of quilting (Sashiko, Trapunto, Italian...)
The rest of the book covers the different stitches; each stitch has a full page dedicated to it. There are photos of the front and rear of each stitch as well as diagrams and written instructions telling you how to create the stitch.
There is a useful stitch selector on pages 60-65 with a photo of each stitch and a page number underneath so you know where to look for the step to step instructions. This book is a useful reference guide for those looking to experiment with different stitches and good value for money.
This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2011
I have just received this book as a competition win in British Patchwork & Quilting magazine and am absolutely delighted. It is full of stitches that I would not have considered for my patchwork, even though I also love embroidery. It has lots of clear photographs and instructions and is also very colourful. Not only that, there are instructions for other things such as applique, different shape bindings and heaven knows what else. I have yet to discover it fully, but it is a delight to thumb through. A bargain at £9.99 even if I didn't have to buy it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book offers a lot for the quilter - all the methods, techniques and know-how you need plus detailed information on stitches. There are stitches for both the hand and machine quilter. I found the hand-sewn insertion stitches very interesting. There is also a section on quilting your patchwork. From basic running stitches to more complicated stitches, this handy book seems to have it all. The instructions and photographs are clear and easy to understand. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.