Cheryl has just published a new book called Embroidery Basics – and as you may expect from the title, this book can serve as a great introduction to embroidery -inside you’ll find a nice assortment of projects to tempt an embroiderer of just about any skill level…
Her Supplies and Tools chapter features a mouthwatering assortment of DMC Embroidery Threads, and introduces newbies to important considerations like stitch gauge (yes, that’s not just for knitting!)
One of my favorite tips in this section is this one- how to cut perfectly sized lengths of thread using Pearl Cotton hanks:
Cheryl’s book also features a 30 page guide to Embroidery stitches – her clear illustrations will likely inspire you to try your hand at something new. And there are plenty of projects – 17 in all, a mixture of “surface thread” (or freehand embroidery) and “counted thread” projects. Each project indicates the skill level required, contains clear directions, materials list with color guides, and real-size patterns (so no running back and forth to the copier!)
The patterns are a fun assortment of different styles that can suit a variety of tastes. My faves are the Chain Stitch Blossom Pillow (above), Alphabet Sampler, Freestyle Embroidered Purse, Owl Pincushion, Owl Tablet Cover, and the rather gorgeous Italian Cross Stitch Sampler. I can see myself using the letters and borders for a nice monogram or a silly, snarky cross stitch project.
I was so excited about the Chain Stitch pillow project that I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
I loved how easily you could stitch this up with just 5 shades of DMC Embroidery Floss. I chose DMC 943, 913, 782, 891, and 353.
And now for the giveaway – Cheryl has offered us 2 copies to give away to our readers! To win, leave a comment on this post and tell us your 5 favorite DMC shades. Here’s a complete list of DMC shades, if you need help choosing!
Comments will be closed next Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM EST – 2 random winners will be chosen and announced soon after!