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This review is from: Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects (Hardcover)
This is an exquisite book for all lovers of embroidery, crafts, samplers, stitchery and generally artistic stuff that you can make with thread and material. It is a large hardback, perfectly laid out with beautiful photography depicting the many craft projects you can undertake against stunning backgrounds which make you wish you lived in a Grand Designs house and had an award-winning interior designer at your beck and call (if you didn't already).
The book begins with introductory information about stitches, basics, equipment you will need and so on. Then it moves into projects with step by step instructions all carefully and succinctly illustrated. You can learn how to embroider pictures, clothes, book covers, cushion covers, stitch with ribbons, make your own duvet covers, make a dress, children's clothes, dolls from scratch...there is appliqué, how to dye material, cross-stitch, make a linen bag, decorate your home made bag...the list is endless. In fact I will spend many happy hours browsing this book before I even get on to making anything.
There is also a very useful CD included from which you can print your own patterns. Excellent. Don't be put off that this is an American book by an infamous author; it does not detract from the marvellous content of this book.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 23:48:32 GMT
Peacock Shoes says:
"Embroidery porn", I love it!! ha ha xx
Posted on 25 May 2011 10:59:35 BDT
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Kelly A19 says:
Think this review is wildly over-rating the book! Only Martha Stewart herself could think her own book that good - and it isn't! In addition, the fact that it's American does make a difference, as these sort of books generally do. Products detailed are not all available in the UK. I am also confused by the comments about the photos, which are poor & uninspiring compared to other, more practically-sized books.
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