Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review!

I rarely do book reviews, but I found this little book by Aimee Ray called Doodle-Stitching and I just knew I had to recommend it if you like hand embroidery as much as I do! The sub title is "Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners".  If you've not tried embroidery, this is the starting point for you!



I do hand embroidery in the evenings when I am sitting in my easy chair catching the news or my favorite TV show.  I have a basket beside my chair with my latest project in it.  I also keep a plastic container with all my embroidery threads and my embroidery scissors handy on the end table.   It only takes a few minutes time to sew a cute little design when you are set and ready!

Samples by Aimee Ray from her blog 

The reason I like Aimee's book is that it is simple!  It shows you how to start, using your own doodling designs.  She has a neat stitch library and shows you the stitches in the plainest way that I have ever seen!  Some books can make their stitch descriptions and illustrations soooooo confusing, but not this book! She explains  the split stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch and many more! If you just knew these few, you would be well on your way to pretty embroidery!

Another reason I like and recommend this book is that it is contemporary and not stuffy!  It allows for current design--your design! If you are a doodler or like to design, you will love taking your images to the next level of creativity!

my own work available in my Etsy shop
The third reason that I recommend this book is that Aimee is a fellow Etsyian!!  Yay!  Be sure to visit Aimee's Etsy shop here.

Doodle-Stitching was published in 2007 by Lark Crafts, An imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. of New York.  I am sure you could obtain a copy on Amazon or another online site.

14 comments:

Pamela Bates said...

Amy's book looks wonderful. Will be sure to check out her shop. I recently found (or should I say, my mother found) some old embroidery works in progress from many many years ago. This post inspires me to get them out of the bag and have a go. Your bird is LOVELY!!

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh how fun, and what a great book! I haven't embroidered since I was a kid, and my grandmother taught me. So I'm not sure I could name the stitches, but I'd recognize them :)

JulieandMax said...

Aimee's book looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us :)

BeadedTail said...

The embroidery looks like fun! That book sounds like a great resource too! I like your bird!

Solhful said...

Oh, I love those designs! I haven't embroidered in years, but I remember how much I enjoyed it (my grandma taught me), and I would love to teach my daughter. I will definitely have to check out her shop. :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I did embroidery and cross stitch when I was younger...too much for my hands now but I love looking at what others do. Thanks for sharing this book!

Natasha Hoover said...

So cool! I am not really very good at free hand embroidery like that. I've done some counted stitch embroidery, but not cross stitch. This book looks really neat, but I feel like I might just make a mess instead of something beautiful. I will definitely be sharing this, though!

Angels and Everlastings said...

I'm not much for needle and thread work -- but the book looks interesting and I need to visit her shop.

Mechelle said...

I did crossstitch when I was a little girl. Aimee's work is beautiful.

Nancy said...

How neat! I often think I'd like to draw this way on fabric, but haven't been able to perfect my stitch. Maybe a book to get!

storybeader said...

I love textiles and have thought about doing some hand sewing, so getting a recommendation from you is a plus. Thanks... see when I can fit it in! {:-D

Memories for Life said...

What fun designs! I like how she's made embroidery so modern with the whimsical styles.

Duni said...

I've been eyeing this book over on Amazon - it's on my wishlist :) I didn't know she was on Etsy too.
How interesting!
Love your bird embroidery, you're a pro!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Aimee's work is lovely! Almost makes me want to embroider!
Your oriole is wonderful!