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on 1 September 2009
I was fortunate to be able to 'try before I buy' this book as my library had a copy. Not all stitches are covered - I looked for instructions on long and short stitch and could find none, even though the stitch is referred to and used in the book. (This is an area I need more information on and is hard to come by). The stitches described seemed OK but I wanted a book with interesting projects to make and this book does not provide that. Most of the projects are mediocre or distinctly unappealing. The other thing I noticed was that in the pictures the quality of stitching was rather poor - as if done very hurriedly in order to get the photo's done on time. I am finding it very difficult to find satisfactory surface embroidery books - there are not many new ones on the market and they tend to be very basic. I am very much a learner, but I do have aspirations.
Unfortunately, embroidery has not had the same kind of renaissance as cross stitch has and there is not much inspirational material to be found anywhere, (apart from a few notable exceptions this is true on-line too). Books showing the whys and wherefores of stitches are obviously necessary but I would like some decent material to practice on before I start having a go at my own designs. I need something pretty to look at too! I don't think there are that many skilled people out there and those there are are not getting books published. I am having to rely on the older books and often there are no pictures and no reviews so it can be a bit of a gamble. Front covers can also be deceiving sometimes as they can be the only attractive design in the book. This book has one saving grace as far as I am concerned - there WAS a pretty decent design of a robin which I thought my skill level could aspire to. I was going to gamble on this one - I am very glad I now won't be. Overall not great. I shall keep looking.