Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

Review: Doodle Stitching - Embroidery & Beyond
Lark Crafts sent me a copy of the book to review, but my opinion of the book is not influenced by that fact.

If you're interested in embroidery, you're almost certain to have come across the work or Aimee Ray over the past few years. She has a whimsical style that is all her own! Aimee has written two very popular embroidery books (Amazon UK affiliate link) and now she's written a third one: Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond.

This one is a bit different in that it focuses less on a big selection of motifs to stitch and more on expanding your stitchy repertoire. Aimee explores cross stitch, crewel and redwork. And more exotic techniques like sashiko embroidery and shisha mirror work. And more!

Review: Doodle Stitching - Embroidery & Beyond

The book isn't an in-depth compendium, but it's a very nice introduction to some new techniques. Some sections maybe could have had a bit more information, but I guess it depends on what you're looking for. And I can tell you this: when you're writing a book, compromises are always made. ;-)

If you look at this book as inspiration, it does a really great job! It's so easy to get stuck in a stitchy rut, so it's nice to try something new from time to time. And Aimee makes it sound very achievable. And fun!

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond
A few examples of projects in the book. 

As I mentioned, the book has less motifs than Aimee's other books - but since you'll be so busy trying all these fun new techniques, that is actually not a bad thing. And you can always combine your new skillz with some of your favourite motifs from Aimee's other books. :-)

Review: Doodle Stitching - Embroidery & Beyond
I have it on good authority that this is one of Aimee's favourite projects in the book: a crewel family tree. Too cute, right?

If you like Aimee's previous books, I think you will like this book as well! Especially if you're ready to dip your toes into deeper stitchy waters. Or, you know, if you're a fan of her work in general! :-)

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond is available now from all the usual book buying places.

Come back on Monday for a giveaway of the book!

xo, Carina
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