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Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches Paperback – September 1, 1998
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- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Paperback : 298 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1570761183
- ISBN-13 : 978-1570761188
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 0.54 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Trafalgar Square Books; New Edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: : English
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The first 120 pages are hand embroidery stitches, then it moves on to needlepoint/bargello/canvas stitches, and then a small amount of insertion, pulled fabric stitches.
The book is in full color on nice paper. The stitches are shown in a photo and then there is an illustration/diagram on how to stitch it.
My problem with the book is that there is only one diagram per stitch, despite how many steps may or may not be in that stitch. This makes following the more complicated stitches nearly impossible. For me, 50% of the stitches I've tried I have not been able to learn from just that one diagram and have had to resort to googling to learn. I'd find stitches that took seven steps/photo's online to teach you, would, in this book, have just that single diagram. There is also a few sentences that explain how you're suppose to work the stitch. Look at my photo and you'll see that the only written directions are the last paragraph and you get just that one illustration despite all the steps needed for that stitch.
My next problem with the book is how it's organized. The embroidery stitches are organized by how (supposedly) someone would use them. For instance, one chapter is Outline Stitches while another is Border Stitches. For example, someone has decided that chain stitch is for outlines while broad chain stitch is for borders. So these two very similar stitches are found in two different chapters. If, for instance, I know a chain stitch would work on what I"m doing, but am unsure which chain stitch variation to use, I have to literally flip through almost every single page of this book to see all the chain stitch variations.
Even the index is not organized in a way that I find helpful. You can't look up "chain stitch" and then see all the variations listed under it. The index is alphabetical by stitch name, so chain stitch is in C, while Broad Chain Stitch is under B.
Because there's so many stitches in the book, it gives me lots of new stitches to try and for those that are too complicated for me to figure out in one diagram, I at least have a stitch name that I can google and learn.
Top reviews from other countries
I am now highly delighted I ordered the printed version as well. That should be readable, one trusts.
Large and beautiful photos of traditional and historical pieces as heads of chapters.
Clear illustrated explanations in colour of many, many techniques.
Leafing through it makes you want to take a needle and start.
No projects but good examples of what can be embroidery.
this is a book for dreaming.
I’m a beginner so finding some of the stitches daunting but there are loads to get to grips with. And it’s giving me something to aim for.
It just shows all the stitches, not design ideas. It shows a photo of the finished stitch, a drawing and a description. And has a useful section about different types of fabric and thread (and then suggests fabric type for each stitch)