I can’t imagine a day without crafting. I love to knit, crochet, embroider and cross stitch. With the holiday season here, I’m going full speed trying to create heartfelt gifts for my friends and family. Although I’ve been collecting ample crocheting and knitting books, I haven’t seen too many embroidery books that have crossed my path until recently. I also found a book on Paper Quilling which intrigued me. I’ve also been fascinated with this art and thought I’d check it out.
There are so many different versions of embroidery. Being from a German family, some of my relatives used to create pictures with beautiful folk art embroidery stitches. I used to be mesmerized with the images and wished I could duplicate the stitches. One of my new books features Chinese Embroidery.
It’s no surprise that the Chinese culture would have fine needle crafts like embroidery, as they cherish their artists. Chinese Embroidery is divided into six sections, starting with the history of Chinese embroidery. Their embroidery almost looks 3 dimensional, with their unique stitches. The next chapter shares tools, tips and techniques so your applications are flawless. The rest of the book goes into creating amazing needlework with a plethora of stitches. You’ll be guided with full-color images that share each step of making a specific stitch. There are twenty different embroidery projects to try out that include various flowers, leaves, birds, dragons and so much. This is an ideal book for those seeking to learn or broaden their embroidery skills.
501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs
501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs offers you simple motifs that can be used to embellish and add a special touch to just about anything. They are freestyle designs so they might not have perfect edges or straight lines, but are just as charming. The book has five parts, Little Scandinavian Sketches, Sweet Little Sketches, Cross Stitch Motifs, Let’s Embroider and Embroidery Techniques. If you’re not familiar with this decorative craft, the detailed full image steps will guide you along the way. You’ll learn how to transfer a design, lots of different stitches, lace patterns, and cross stitch patterns.
Paper Quilling Chinese Style
Paper Quilling Chinese Style will guide you on creating works of art using strips of paper in tons of different colors. Because this artform is so delicate and detailed, there are lots of instructions. The book starts off with teaching you what materials and tools you’ll need, plus you’ll learn ten basic techniques. All the steps are shown in full color so you can comprehend the different forms and folding techniques. Once you’ve practiced these, you can move into your introductory lesson is chapter three where you’ll learn to make a rabbit, orchids and a deer to name a few. The section is more advanced and goes into more detailed patterns. It’s a beautiful book for those eager to learn paper quilling.
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