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To The Point Book Review: "Stitched Blooms" by Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 04:03
Stitched Blooms by Carina Envolsen-Harris is here!!! And no doubt most of you already know that because there has been a spat of book reviews showing up lately! I am linking to a few at the end of this post.
Truth be told, there isn't much to add, and I am pretty darn certain most of you are not interested in reading yet another review! So to spare you, I am going to get right to the heart of the matter - why this book should be in your crafty library!
Right from the minute you open the book, every page is unmistakably "Carina" - her talent, her style, her joie de vivre! If you are already a fan - order a copy! You can't help but love it!
And if you are not familiar with Carina but are new to embroidery and interested in learning - order a copy!!
Because this book is one of those books that comes along all too infrequently - a book that gives the reader the basic know-how and tools to stitch pretty things and then provides inspiration and guidance to move beyond the book projects and create lovely embroidered items that are unique and personal. Personally, I see this as the true and lasting value of Stitched Blooms.
The book is basically divided into three sections: stitchery basics (including color theory, making knots disappear, pattern transfer techniques and stitch glossary); projects (20 very easy projects); and motifs (300 motifs to be exact!).
Carina is a natural born teacher and covers the tools and techniques needed to begin stitching with her signature clarity and thoroughness; however, it is the motifs I personally appreciate the most - because I am not able to draw very well, but I can combine and mix and match Carina's flower, leaf and woodland designs and create my very own borders, stitcheries or garments! And all 300 motifs are provided on a CD at the back of the book so they can be further manipulated in the computer! Possibilities are endless!
How many of you who know me well guessed which project I would make first!!!
You are right! Dala! But just to prove the versatility of the projects in Stitched Blooms, I made an ornament size Dala using the pattern diagram right in the book. (And... I wasted no time once completed in hanging him on my Fiesta Tree.)
Ever since iHanna shared images of a Swedish Dala factory in which beautiful white Dalas stood shoulder to shoulder on factory shelves, I have been wanting to add a white Dala to my collection. And, now I have!
I had to alter the embroidery stitching somewhat to accommodate the small size and the rather heavy wool floss I used; but as is always the case - just as with a blog tutorial or an e-book - Carina's instructions and guidance are perfect.
I have three more projects planned - all modifications of Carina's projects or using her motifs in a completely different way! I will be sure to share as they are completed!
And order your very own copy here!