Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection

On Monday I mentioned the embroidery books I've been reading lately, and today I'm reviewing a great one!


My strategy for books is to look on Amazon and see what's popular, then go to the library armed with that knowledge. Doodle Stitching was #1 when I searched by "embroidery" and I can see why. It was a great introduction to the topic (for me anyway!). There is just enough how-to information to give you an idea of what embroidery is all about, and then there are pages and pages of designs to inspire you further. I was seriously drooling over the adorable mermaids, strawberries, and woodland creatures.


You can put those designs to good use on the projects featured in the book, like napkins, gift tags, and pajama pants.


There are some complaints on Amazon about the difficulty of using the images on the included CD-ROM. I imagine (without any personal experience) that most people develop their own system for transferring designs and can work around those issues. I definitely came away from this book feeling like I could do any of the designs presented.

Sometime soon I hope to purchase a hoop and some basic flosses to give embroidery a try. Since most of my sewing projects are with stretchy knits, I may start with a stable woven bag or something easy just to get my feet wet. Last week when we were on vacation, I really needed a bigger purse to carry around my normal stuff, plus toys to amuse AB when we were at restaurants. Perhaps this tote with pretty peacock feathers?

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  1. My strategy for books is to look on Amazon and see what's popular, then go to the library armed with that knowledge. Doodle Stitching was #1 when I searched by "embroidery" and I can see why. It was a great introduction to the topic (for me anyway!). best sewing machines for beginners

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