For a long time now I’ve been wanting to put together a guide for new and returning stitchers. I receive quite a few emails with questions about various techniques and I’ve noticed the same subjects seem to recur quite frequently. I was very lucky to be taught to embroider by my Mum and Grandma, but not everybody is as fortunate. So I’ve been working hard behind the scenes, and my new book will be available within the next week or so ….
It has sections on choosing your fabric and thread, tools, transferring your design and caring for your finished work, as well as a stitch directory to help the beginner with 16 of the most commonly used stitches. My friend Jacqui (of Flapdoodle Designs) has contributed some lovely little pictures for the stitch directory … here’s a quick peek at one of her illustrations – can you guess which stitch this is?
(I think Lionel might have been the model!)
“Simple Stitchery” will be published during the early part of April – and the best bit is that it will be completely free to download. I think it’s so much fun to share – and I do hope at least some readers might find it useful. It will also be available as a “proper” printed book on Amazon – but that version won’t be free I’m afraid. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready and where you can find it.
Have a lovely Easter weekend – and don’t eat too much chocolate! Rosie and Dan are visiting over Easter and I’m REALLY hoping she brings some of her amazing Creme Egg brownies with her!
Oh .. and Lionel is of course illustrating Blanket Stitch!