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Book Review: Heirloom Embroidery

By Sandy Amazeen Nov 6, 2008, 4:46 GMT

Book Review: Heirloom Embroidery

These 25 exquisite hand-embroidery projects are the perfect antidote to today’s throwaway culture: they’re meant to last and to remind us how generations before us lived—appreciating, preserving, and passing down their lovingly-stitched handiwork to families and friends. Anyone would treasure this lovely array of unique textiles, which include soft furnishings, home accessories, and gifts. They’re arranged in five appealing thematic categories, all inspired by traditional designs: “Bugs and Botanicals,” “Celebrations,” ...more

This collection harkens back to a simpler age when women lovingly embroidered everyday items such as tablecloths and bed linens which were then proudly used by friends and family. The 25 projects are divided into five chapters include Hearts, Country Garden, Botanicals and Bugs, Seaside, and Celebrations. Most of the designs such as the Heart Blanket or Daisy Bag are simple enough for the beginning needleworker to accomplish with ease. More advanced embroiders will enjoy the Dragonfly Picture or Lily Cushion, both worked predominantly in chain stitch.

The stitch glossary located at the back of the book clearly demonstrates the stitches used and outlines the basics tools and tricks required. Each pattern is photographed in full color with close-ups allowing readers to get a good visual on what the piece should look like. The materials and equipment sidebars are in blue and any special techniques like putting together a laundry bag are demonstrated with step-by-step instructions. Although the pattern templates are included, most will require enlarging before use.

The majority of patterns presented in this collection are fairly simplistic and appear geared to the beginning embroiderer or those needing something quick and easy. The sachets, tea cozies, napkins, cushions, aprons and runners would make charming gifts with minimal effort or expense and provide a nice introduction to a timeless craft.



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