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Stitch Along: 10 Stitchers, 30 Projects, 100 Embroidery Motifs (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. August 2014

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Lark Books-Stitch Along. A Fresh, Fun Foray Into The World Of Embroidery! This Book Contains Ideas From Ten Designers, Each Sharing Three Projects, Along With Ten Beautiful And Whimsical Embroidery Motifs To Use In Your Own Work. With An Illustrated Stitch Library And A Step-By-Step Primer Explaining Embroidery From Floss To Finish. Author: Jenny Doh. Softcover, 128 Pages. Published Year: 2014. Isbn 978-1-4547-0786-8. Imported.


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HASH(0x9855e6b4) von 5 Sternen Don't Bother! 18. August 2014
Von S. Fine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Stitch Along Review

Disappointing! The artists featured in this book are talented and creative. Unfortunately, the selected projects and motifs - with a few exceptions - are not their most inspiring ideas. Many seem like they would be in the "freebies" section of a blog. This is, of course, my subjective opinion but the biggest problem with the book is technical and therefore not subjective.

The instructions are terrible! A beginner embroiderer would be lost trying to follow the stitch diagrams. I would challenge anyone to try to make a decent French knot or a bullion using the method described. As I will describe, some of the stitches needed for projects simply aren't included.

The book is filled with errors and missing content. The most frustrating part of the book for me was trying to make sense of the one project that I really liked, Sami Teasdale's "Blackbird Sewing Kit". The embroidery, a faux stamped envelope with a black bird on it, is a combination of Cross-stitch and Blackwork counted stitch techniques. As far as I could read, the term "Blackwork" is not even mentioned in the book, much less described. Despite directions to, "embroider... according to the stitch guide," there is no stitch guide! Instead there is small stitch grid with the pattern in color, with lines connecting from each differing element to margin notes. On other patterns these margin notes would tell the stitcher which stitch to use; in this pattern, the notes tell you which color to use (which is quite redundant as the design is in color!). They tell you that the stitches you will use are, "Holbein stitch ([aka] Threaded running stitch), Cross stitch (full, three-quarters, and variations, see page 20), [and] Straight stitch ([aka] Running stitch and Seed stitch)." Well, page 20, "Cross Stitch Basics" doesn't cover the Blackwork-type variations used in the pattern and barely explains the "Basics" of cross-stitch, despite a full page of text and poor diagrams. The design certainly appears to include Backstitching around the bird and stamp (Backstich is the most common stitch to outline Cross-stitch elements, but it is not listed for this project). Hopefully, Lark Books or Jenny Doh will publish an errata that includes the stitch guide for this pattern, but so far I can't find one.

My second favorite project is Megan Eckman's "African Wild Dog Pillow". To be more precise, I like the extra motifs for the pillow that are included in the back of the book. Unfortunately, those motifs are reproduced at a much smaller size (I would guess ¼ but the book fails to say) and in color. These are very detailed designs, so one would have to scan them, enlarge (which would degrade the resolution, print them in color or greyscale and transfer them. It would be much easier to transfer these and all of the designs in the book if there were black versions, as color and greyscale are harder to see and trace and you need black and white to do toner (laser printer) transfers. A link to PDF versions in black and white would have been nice, and you would still need the book for the color references.

This is an inexpensive book (MSRP $16.95 but only $10.93 on Amazon) and it shows. At least one of the projects looks like it was done during a last minute all-nighter. There are other errors and confusing instructions that I haven't mentioned, and I would bet there are some I missed (for instance, I didn't read many of the sewing instructions as I was most interested in the hand embroidery designs). Jenny Doh has done a lot of these compilation books, and there are some I really like, such as "Stamp It!", which was terrific.

The best thing I can say for this book is that it introduces the reader to some good designers, most or all of whom have blogs for further inspiration and designs. Then again, there are great embroidery blogs, Pinterest boards, and other sites that are free, as well as magazines that are comparably priced or cheaper, all of which will point crafters to talented artists. Descriptions of this book tell you which artists are included. Google them!

I would hate for this to be anyone's introduction to the art of embroidery. The book would confuse and frustrate any beginner and might turn him or her away from trying embroidery again. Save your money and spend it on materials, highly recommended books, or patterns direct from the artists instead.
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HASH(0x9855df48) von 5 Sternen Good embroidery book 10. Januar 2015
Von Jessica - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I do a lot of needlework and am familiar with most of these techniques. I like it so many types of stitching are included here and I really like a lot of the projects. The stitch diagrams are not all to be desired as pastel drawings vs. color photos going step by step aren't very clear. So beginners would need to consult other more basic stitch guides.

The Look Inside feather above is extremely good: if you have any doubts about what's inside this book, you can satisfy all curiosity! You can determine if you like the set-up of projects and the display of stitches. If you're a raw beginner...well...I've been stitching all my life so I can't tell, but you'll be able to gauge if this is a good first book for you. But if you have at least a passing familiarity with needlework, you will definitely be able to make use of this book if for nothing else than to be inspired to stitch something you're keen on. Or to try to learn something new. Most stitchers are pretty flexible...if they can't make it according to the directions, they make it their way instead. I think most of the direction are mostly good and an intermediate stitcher could make any project he or she wanted.

The designs are fresh and not the run-of-the-mill stuff we see over and over and over. I like this book.
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HASH(0x9855dde0) von 5 Sternen Five Stars 6. Februar 2015
Von Phyllis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Item was as described and on time. Thanks!
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HASH(0x98307600) von 5 Sternen Stitching 29. Mai 2014
Von Ada Chenault - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I look forward to using this and learning new ways to embelish clothing for my grandaughter and others also , easy to follow instructions .Thanks
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