Unique Scandinavian-style stitch design to add originality to your home and clothing. 39 contemporary embroidery projects will get your creativity flowing to make beautiful gifts or beautify your surroundings. This book discusses Scandinavian stitch styles. The projects are stitch for the home, which includes tea towels, apron, pot holders, cushions, tea cosy, tableware, pillowcases, pictures, bags, notebook covers and more. When your home looks as pretty as can be, you can start embroidering your clothes. Ideas include a hoodie, leggings, t-shirt, underwear and children's makes. I love the stitching and the ideas, however, all the photographs are at the front of the book and all the instructions are at the back of the book. I dislike that fragmentation. At the back you will find a section on materials and equipment to complete the projects plus how to transfer designs. There is also an embroidery tutorial. There are no charts for the designs, they are simply line drawings and even though I am an experienced embroiderer, I find this not the easiest method. Follow the instructions to transfer the design, and all should work like magic.
This a gorgeous book with lovely projects and basic explanation of the techniques. My only watchout is that for complete beginners it is a tiny bit difficult to understand what techniques are used in every design as it is not super detailed in that sense. And as opposed to many magazines, it does not give the specific colour references for the floss.
So far I have only stitched several small flowers on napkins, as inspired by this book. They turned out beautifully, and the diagrams were clear and helpful. The larger projects are beautiful, but time consuming. Other reviewers have commented on their being no direct patterns, and this is true, but I personally find the inspiration useful and will be making a bigger embroidery project in the future.