Saturday, 6 February 2010

Book Review: Doodle-Stitching by Aimee Ray

Full Title: Doodle-Stitching. Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners
Author: Aimee Ray
ISBN: 978-1-60059-061-0
Pages: 128
Language: English
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Content: Embroider Your World - Embroidery Essentials - Materials and Tools: getting started - stitch library - sewing essentials - Projects - Patterns - Acknowledgements - About the Author - Notes About Suppliers - Index

In the book
This book, as many other craft publication, is divided into two main parts: the general introduction to doodle-stitching and project directory.
In the first part, Aimee Ray provides a rather short but still competent and easily understandable description of the art of stitching.
Just in case you are a total beginner (just like me), she starts with basic information about materials, tools and tips and tricks you need to start with this craft. The main part of this section, however, consists of the Stitch Library, where embroidery stitches are taught.
Second part of the book contains 29 embroidery projects. From difficult quilts and sawing projects to simple pins and ornaments, everyone will find something for themselves no matter their proficiency level. Aimee starts each project with enummerating what materials and stiches are needed, to complete the work and moves on to point-by-point instructions. Each project is also accompanied by beautiful, colorful images and helpful diagrams.

Strong points:
- 29 projects
- clear descriptions
- many, many beautiful pictures
- great graphic design

Weak points:
- Stitch Library could contain more interesting stiches

Can you live without this book? Yes, you can. Can you doodle-stitch without this book? Absolutely! Do you want to?
No, no,, no. Aimee Ray's book is one of the very special publications that speak to your creative side. The beautiful images and fantastic designs in the book are sure to inspire you to try doodle-stitching on your own. Absolutely recommended.

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