Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Obsessions: Or, I Desire Sharper Needles

embroidery book
Because I do not have hobbies enough: here you see some recent additions to the canary library re: crafty happiness.
I did my "research" and picked out two well-reviewed guides. The top one you see here is by Aimee Ray, titled "Doodle-Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners."

Being an impatient being I immediately plunked myself down on the couch after this book's arrival and whipped out the ol' embroidery floss and sewing basket. In a few easy-to-follow steps I began stitching like a crazy woman, and completed a cutesy bookmark in an evening (subsequently gifted to the mère for Card-and-Chocolate Day on the 14th).
embroidery book

The second book pictured here is slightly different, and I can't wait to use it! It's "Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To" by Jenny Hart. Included are even more stitch step-by-step instructions, as well as a significant compendium of reusable iron-on transfers to follow for your own embroidery experimentations! I'm particularly enamoured by the wee pies and other foods that I'm sure will make their way on to a very unfortunate apron very soon.

cross stitch book
And certainly, it never hurts to add some cursin' fun to your otherwise outwardly conventional & conservative crafting. "Subversive Cross Stitch: 35 designs for your surly side" has some rather hilariously juxtaposed sentiments. You can check out some of the designs featured in the book here, along with some other, rather delightful, additions.


A Homely Heroine said...

Ooh, I have sublime stitching, and the iron-on transfers work like a dream. I've been playing around with the letters recently. The doodle stitching books looks to amazon...

Emily said...

I love love love hand embroidery! Be careful you don't come across a shop with hand-dyed embroidery thread, I've racked up quite a stash, I'm afraid. (Although the advantage is that it takes up less space than yarn!)

LittleCanoe said...

I have the Doodle Stitching book and I love it! I've only made the pincushion, but it's been a great help when it comes to learning stitches. I'm the same way, though, as if I don't have enough projects going. I just want to do EVERYTHING! Is that so much to ask?

Cristina Salgueiro said...

I just tagged you for a picture game. Please go to my blog so you can see the rules.
Thank you.

Ellen said...

The Doodle-Stitching book looks really fun! I did a little embroidery a few years back, I might have to pull out my supplies and pick it up again sometime.

Hilary said...

I want to learn embroidery so badly! When I have successfully learned to live on 2 hours of sleep per night, and after I have mastered quilting, I am definitely going to check out these books that you have recommended. Or can I please just quit my job and craft all day?!

I hope you show some of your embroidered projects...especially if you do any of the ones from that hilarious subversive book!