This is a great book from Anna Maria Horner and I think it is a really useful book for 2 reasons. 1. Whether you are a person who does needlepoint, counted cross stitch or free form embroidery - there will be a section in this book full of great projects and inspirational photos specific to your favorite type of needlework. The book also kind of widened my perspective on needlework. I typically swing between free form embroidery and counted cross stitch depending on my mood. This book got me interested in other types of needlework such as needlepoint and jewelry-making - which I think is useful for any embroiderer. Different skills and different mediums help to keep me out of a creative rut if you will.
2. This book has a modern and original aesthetic. I have to admit that I love alot of what Anna Maria Horner designs. I have yards and yards of fabrics and ribbon from her collections and even a throw rug from her home goods line. I find her use of color to be very inspirational. I can always count on her to give me fabrics that are fresh and beautiful, modern but always with a nod to tradition in the best sense. Never "trendy" or expected. The designs in this book are no exception. Since I work alot in cross stitch I especially appreciate the beautiful, modern cross stitch patterns in this book which I think are hard to find in the market place right now. But my favorite things in the book are the amazing free form embroidery pieces - to me those projects alone are worth the cost of the book. And then the jewlery pieces - love, love, love.
If I have any criticism of the book it is that the cross stitch charts are color coded rather than using symbols to identify which floss color should be used where. It is just my personal preference to have symbols on the charts since you can photocopy them and they can be read in black and white. My other tiny little nit-picky comment is that the floss colors are all in Anchor with no conversions to DMC. To me DMC is the go-to floss for color reference but since AMH has collections of floss sold by Anchor I understand her use of that brand in her book. If you are like me you have a bunch of conversion charts to translate floss colors from one brand to whatever brand you have in your stash or at your local store.
In summary - this is a great book for all types of stitchers. Very inspirational and well worth the price! Add it to your cart and check out people!
It is so refreshing to find a contemporary stitching book that uses bright colors. The only reason I did not give this book a five is because I am primarily a cross stitcher and several different techniques were used. Cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel and embroidery. A lovely book that is at the top of my "to do" pile.
I'm really fresh in all needleworks techniques and I love this book! It clearly shows all stitches (drawings are fantastic!) plus it gives gorgeous projects to follow. I love also that Mrs. Anna showed how to design patterns in Gimp. Well written and photographed.
I love Anna Maria's other book and her fabrics. I'm not sure that this needlework book is for me. That is not Anna Maria's fault, it's just not what I would probably choose. The colors in this book are great and it is full of eye candy. For me it is a fun coffee table or inspirational book, but, probably not a project book for me. Therefore, I cannot speak to how easy it was to use the patterns or complete the projects and such.
Such a beautiful book! I feel completely inspired with this book; she makes all forms of needlework seem so approachable and possible, even for beginners. The patterns are ones I will actually use. She includes notes and suggestions for each project, but also leaves plenty of room for interpretation and improvisation. I love her philosophy that not all handcrafts have to be practical, useful items...some things are just meant to be pretty to look at, period. Get this book, you won't regret it!
i thought this book was very inspirational. Anna Maria has a very easy way about her and her instuctions are spot on. I love the way the book is set in sections and each section is well set out. The photographs are lovely and I can highy recommend this book
First off, Anna Maria Horner is my favorite designer, bar none. I love all of her work, and am constantly inspired whenever I look at anything she's put her stamp on. My mom has done handwork my entire life, and I've dabbled in it here and there. When Anna Maria came out with this book, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I wasn't disappointed! Anna Maria does a marvelous job with her handwork. I love how she goes through options for designing your own cross stitch patterns with Gimp, and all of the explicit instructions for Crewel, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, and Needlepoint. I chose my first official cross stitch project from Anna's book (in fact, it's the one she's doing on the cover!). I am absolutely in love with the finished project... you can view it here: http://websta.me/p/679653339404262662_189121622. If you are a needlework and Anna Maria enthusiast, this book won't disappoint! ~Achaia
This is one of Anna Maria's nicest books outlining hand sewn needlework projects! There are a number a very cute projects for all levels of crewel and embroidery enthusiasts. I must say also that this book has parts written in a personal journal style where as a reader you get to look into the personal life and background of Anna Maria's life and how her family and her Mother have been instruments to her success as a textile artist. That obviously inspired Me! Great Book and a great addition to your personal craft/sewing/embroidery/crewel library.
I checked this book out from the library three times and I still couldn't finish all the projects I wanted to make in it. What an inspiring work! I'm thrilled to have it in my collection now. Can't recommend it enough.