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Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner's Guide to Embroidery, Cross-Stitch, Needlepoint, Beadwork, Applique, and More Spiral-bound – October 24, 2011
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The explanations about the different threads, tools, and uses of each stitching type was very well written and I feel much more confident now about what kinds of projects I want to try and which ones to stray away from. The illustrations were excellent, much more helpful than photographs. There are also a lot of little tips that I felt were *actually* helpful, like running recombined threads through freshly beeswaxed lips in order to seal them together.
The included projects are both fun and functional, easy to follow, and some even offer "shortcuts" for those who do not need perfection (ie: skipping using waste canvas to ensure your stitches are straight and even - if that's not your thing.)
I would buy another book from this "Everything Workshop" series.
A few reasons for four stars instead of five is because I was interested in the cross stitching portion of the book and I feel I still have questions after reading "The Basics" (which is all the instructional portion of the book, after that its all projects.) Also, the included Practice Stitch Card only highlights a few (6) of the stitches and not even the complicated ones (though I would agree they are the most widely used freehand embroidery stitches) and is not pre-punched. Granted - most books likely don't even offer a practice card, but I felt it was a bit of a half hearted effort. I would have preferred a full page card that was pre-punched.
The spiral book format was excellent as well, easily staying open while I practiced stitches while looking at the page. This book really does walk the beginner though every step, from material to needles, thread, and then what to do with them once you have them. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn the basics and have a really solid foundation in embroidery