Quite a disappointing little book and not up to the usual Yvette Stanton books. Although the history of the technique is interesting, there is very little in the way of designs or projects. Instructions are reasonably clear but diagrams a bit lack lustre in presentation. A very thin book in terms of content and presentation.
A whitework counted thread form of embroidery that has great appeal. Yvette Stanton is one of my favourite embroiderers and all her books are well worth buying. Why not explore this fantastic type of embroidery with Yvette's aid?
In this book, Yvette provides an introduction to Merezhka Poltavaska as it is known in the Ukraine. She then discusses the materials and equipment and how to prepare fabric for sewing. In chapters two and three, you learn the drawn counted thread method by making two samplers. The photographs and instructions are clear and guide you through the process. In chapter four you learn additional techniques and in chapter five you should now have mastered your way to producing the additional projects. Try your hand at a bookmark, bell pull, scissors case, miniature pillow, doily, table runner or handbag. All the projects are exquisite and work as testimony not only to Yvette Stanton's skill as a teacher, but as a designer too. I'm sure this book will be much appreciated by anyone interested in embroidery. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
I was fascinated by drawn thread embroidery and the geometry in Ukrainian style. This book provides a step by step tutorial with both a clear drawing AND a clear photo of every step in the process so you can't fail. In addition to the basic techniques it also shows you how to do the finishing including how to make a mitered corner. Afterwards you want to draw your own patterns because there are not many in this book, but many counted-thread embroidery motifs can be adapted to this technique. Highly recommended!