My gift for you – Simple Stitchery: A Little Embroidery Primer

by Helen on April 12, 2013

My new book is done!  I’m so excited!

Inside you’ll discover some help and advice on topics ranging from the right thread and fabric, hooping up, caring for your work and transferring your design.  You’ll also discover a stitch glossary with diagrams, pictures from Jacqui, and clear instructions to help you master some of the most commonly found embroidery stitches.  

Please share it as much as you want – that’s if you like it enough to want to share – I do hope you will.  I’m also planning on making it available as a “proper” book through Amazon – sadly that can’t be free – and I’ll let you know when it’s available.

You can read it online above – or just CLICK HERE to download the pdf file- it’s absolutely free with love from me to you.


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Maddy Flynn April 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thank you for your book, it is very sweet and generous of you to make it free
kind regards Maddy


Nora April 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thank you for sharing. This is a wonderful and beautiful book. I will enjoy it.


Shelley April 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Thank you for such a wonderful book. You really did a lovely job. I received it with your newsletter and can’t thank you enough. I tend to use the same old stitches (back/stem/chain/daisy) so now I have a handy guide when I feel like adding a little more depth to my stitchery.


Linda B April 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you for the perfectly charming Embroidery Primer. It’s such a kind and generous gift. I’m delighted that you’re happy to have me share with like minded friends!
X Linda


manuela April 13, 2013 at 12:18 am

thank you for sharing this book, it’s great


Shawn J April 13, 2013 at 1:12 am

Hi Helen,
Thank you so much for the free ebook, it is very informative. I am sure I will be looking through it often. Thanks again.
I just love your blog and all your designs!! :)


Amanda April 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’m going to download this onto my iPad so that it can be at hand whenever I might need it. I’m really looking forward to browsing through it. Thank you so much Helen, it’s so very generous of you.


Julie April 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

Thank you
Julie xxxxxx


Valerie April 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

What a charming book! Thank you so much! Looking forward to purchasing the published version!


Stephanie April 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Thank you so much for this book. I have often wanted to do embroidery but didn’t know where to start. Now I know, and I can’t wait to get started on it! I am also in love with the rabbit coming up in next months newsletter! Have a wonderful weekend, Stephanie x


Michele April 14, 2013 at 12:29 am

Thanks so much!


tracey April 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

I have just stumbled upon your site and love your work. Thankyou so much for the embroidery book and all the beautiful inspiration.


Celia Haddon April 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thank you so much Helen, for this lovely book. I’ve downloaded it onto my Ipad, as I have with all your other books, the magazine and your beautiful designs. I just love looking through them, deciding what to make. Your website really brightens up my day!


Claire Gibbs April 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Thank you ‘sew’ much for this lovely gift!


Silvia April 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

Thank you!! It’s very useful! :)


Mosaic Magpie April 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thank you for sharing your precious book with us! I loved all the illustrations and the helpful tips/hints at the end of the book.


chris April 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

what a lovely little book! and I can’t help noticing that the little girl on the cover is left handed! So am I, and as a child I learned to embroider by watching my mother and reversing everything. Your illustrations are charming.
what a great gift.


Sangeetha April 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Thank you for sharing the book. Very generous of you.


Cookie 17 April 30, 2013 at 2:54 am

Thank you it was so nice & kind you share you book.You all way’s do good thing’s on here.


Alexandra Abarca April 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thanks so much.

Costa Rica


Natalie May 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thank you so much for this really generous gift!


Fine Craft Guild May 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Thank you for your generosity.


Ann Tibbles May 21, 2013 at 8:57 am

What a delightful book :):) Handy for all.
Thank you for sharing.
From land down under


Jean Robson July 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Just came across your FREE pdf for your book. Thank you for sharing x


chio ruiz October 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm



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