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The Art of Boutis by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts
on 22 January 2014
I first came across Boutis Embroidery when I enrolled on a 1 hour class at a Knitting & Stitching Show and it rather intrigued me. I bought a magazine that had some in, and that was a little different, because it used coloured threads under the white material which was really effective.
Then I stumbled across this book. The picture on the cover was enough for me to buy it - that bag!!!!! On receiving it, I found there were lots of projects on all sorts of things; for special occasions, items for women, items for the home.
The diagrams and instructions are nice and clear, and at the back are all the full size templates on a large sheet of very good quality heavy paper that you can take out and cut up. Would have been nicer if it had been in a pouch on the back cover, but that's my only niggle. Boutis is actually very, very simple, but because of the effects you get it looks really complicated. The complexity of the projects vary from nice and simple to really long, time consuming ones to keep you quiet on those long winter nights. Using just running stitch, and back stitch you can create some really impressive designs. A great book!
The great thing about boutis is, if you can't afford the very expensive white bastiste fabric you can use a good quality sheet instead and still get a great effect.