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  • CD-ROM: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Rainbow Disks Ltd (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906314217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906314217
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'brilliant format . .really useful . . the video segments are perfect. The lesson itself is first rate; the six designs are beautiful and exceptionally clearly described. There are tracing images, colour charts, stitch direction charts and finished images for every design, as well as detailed stitching instructions for each. This is an excellent ebook'. - Popular Patchwork
--Popular Patchwork, July 2011

About the Author

Helen M Stevens is the bestselling author of 12 previous books, including The Embroiderer's Countryside (David & Charles). She is well-known internationally for her beautiful depictions of flowers and wildlife, which she was taught to love by her father, a 'true countryman'. Helen has exhibited widely, both in one woman exhibitions at a variety of venues and with the Society of Women Artists, initially at the Westminster Gallery and more recently the Mall Galleries in London. Other early venues included the Harrods Art Gallery, the Stanley Gibbons Gallery in the Strand,The Mary Rose exhibition, The British Museum 'Making of England', the Palace of Westminster and Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia.


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Helen's work is wonderful and here she shares her techniques with you and encourages you to embroider through images of her work and also videos which show the stitches and techniques in great detail. Helen states that embroidery is simply bringing the needle through the fabric yet her images of wildlife and flowers are works of art. The colour charts contain directional arrows so that you know how to work and there are finished images of the designs. Learn how to create the stitches you need to make beautiful images plus 3-dimensional stitchery, working on a dark background and everything you need to know. This is a great advance in embroidery technique books with the video instruction, it is much easier to follow and understand than any book I have read - somehow the brain and hands never get the written instructions - once you see it done, you see how easy it is. If you have ever wanted to embroider like this, but thought it too difficult, now is your time to take the stage. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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In this great e-book from Rainbow Disks Helen teaches a whole new approach to embroidery. She simplifies embroidery to such an extent that everyone will want to try.

Helen shows you that there is no need to know fancy stitches, or to follow complicated stitch guides, instead you work from a template (which you can print from the book) and a directional guide and use just `one simple stitch' to make all the stunning projects in this book.

The book includes useful integrated video clips showing Helen demonstrating the techniques used in the book. The benefit of it being an e-book is as well as video guides you can click on the integrated links in the text to take you straight to the relevant section of the book.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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This ebook truely aids anyone to learn how to embroider the 6 projects in the book. Helen M. Stevens has developed a method of embroidery which truely does involve only needing to make straight stitches, the magic to creating the 'pictures' being where and at what direction.

There are videos of Helen demonstrating the stitching, playable whenever you want and as many times as you want (a vast improvement on reading how to make a stitch no matter how good the writer or how many diagrams are provided).

Printable templates, colour guides and stitch directional diagrams for each of the 6 projects. It is the inovation of the directional diagrams, which are being introduced for the first time in this ebook, which solves the 'worry' for anyone when embroidering. It is the lie of the straight stitches that create the effects and Helen has by this ebook done everything she could to share her creative ability with us.

Each of the projects is taken from nature and makes a beautiful picture in its own right:-ponisetta, butterfly and clematis (as shown on cover), robin and sweet peas, fieldmouse (under wheat and poppy), damselfly and iris, and blackberries with travellers joy.
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I am a huge fan of Helen's work and I own many of her books. But this was an enormous disappointment. The ebook needs to be copied to the hard drive of your computer for it to run smoothly then although I could play the videos on my machine directly from the individual file, I found myself having to search the Internet for the correct version of Flash to make the videos work as embedded part of the ebook as intended. Even though I have the most up to date version of Adobe reader already installed and my machine is up to date and well maintained. Not worth the messing around, and this wasn't cheap, I would've expected it to arrive ready to use from the disk. It took me over an hour to get up and running (of sorts). There are good tutorials on you tube, I would recommend that you use them rather than waste your money on this amateurish attempt! Feel very let down with this purchase!
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I really found that this being a CD was a great advantage as it is so easy to watch different aspects of the stitch being worked. As the title says - one simple stitch so in one way not an awful lot to show but it has got me started again at trying to do silk shading (needlepainting) with much better results than I have had previously.
Having used it I now want to get some of her books for the inspiration from her beautiful designs.
A lovely, simple craft yet with infinite variety and lots to work towards with better understanding of colour etc - I really find it a relaxing type of embroidery. Loved this CD book - shame there aren't more crafts using this media to teach their skills.
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