Monday, May 16, 2016

501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs Review & Giveaway

501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs: Irresistible Stitchables to Brighten Up Your Life Paperback by Boutique-Sha (Author) – released February 9, 2016 by Tuttle Publishing. The sweet designs in this book tempted me to try the art of hand embroidery. Following the instructions in Part 5   Embroidery Techniques I got out a needle, some embroidery thread and a little burlap pouch to practice on. I tried a few of the embroidery stitches on Page 47 the Backstitch, Outline stitch, Running stitch and Satin stitch. Some of my first stitches are photographed below. Next I'll be choosing a design, transferring it onto fabric and stitching! I'll need an embroidery hoop and a method for transferring the designs, either a dressmakers pencil or carbon paper. Instructions give floss color and stitch for each design. Already I'm looking at everything around me, from apparel to home decor, to see what I can add a decorative embroidery accent to. Want to add a simple charm and homemade aesthetic to your favorite items? Get your copy below!


Part One  Little Scandinavian Sketches 
A Scandinavian Cityscape
Cute Cups
A Cosy Room
A Tidy Kitchen
A Visit to the Flea Market
Scandinavian Forest Designs
Adorable items from Eastern Europe

Part Two  Sweet Little Sketches
The Music's Playing
I Love Fruit!
Sweet Things for Girls
Stripes and Polka Dots
Japanese Celebrations
Birds & Flowers
Tasty Tea Time
Lace Patterns

Part Three  Cross Stitch Motifs
Scandinavian Style Cross Stitch
A Cross Stitch Alphabet
Cross Stitch Dogs and Cats
Continuous Cross Stitch Patterns

Part Four  Let's Embroider
Stylish Pouches
Sewing Items
Signature Stitching on Camisoles
Travel Companions
Apple Motif Tea Cozy and Teapot Mat
Dishcloth and Apron
Pot Holder for a Budding Chef
Napkins for Adults and Kids
Butterfly Shaped Pot Holders
Holders Basket Cloth

Part Five  Embroidery Techniques
Transferring Designs
Using No. 25 Embroidery Thread
Threading the Needle
Starting to Embroider
Finishing Off
Removing the Design
Embroidering a Line
Embroidering to Conceal a Surface
How to Embroider
Cross Stitch
When Using Fabric Other Than That Meant for Cross Stitch

Diagrams and Instructions

Some of my first stitches.

Backstitch, Split stitch, Outline stitch and Running stitch.

501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs is available worldwide at Tuttle Publishing. Check out their unique catalog, rooted in Asian culture, language and history at Tuttle Publishing.

TUTTLE Publishing has generously offered to giveaway a copy of 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs. One winner will be selected at random. Good luck! Canadian and USA addresses. Until May 30, 2016.


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  2. I have a great stash of fabric for this book that's available for pre-order called Fabrigami: The Origami Art of Folding Cloth to Create Decorative and Useful Objects. This is on my wish list.

  3. I would like to own the "Let's Learn Mandarin Chinese" book.

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  7. I would like to receive The Sand Labyrinth Kit.

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  11. I would also love The Colors of Aisa coloring book.

  12. I'd like Let's Learn Mandarin Chinese Kit

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  14. I would like the My Japanese Table

  15. I think the Zen Gardens book would be one i would really like!

  16. I love love books- any crafting book and the Chinese cook book looked wonderful

  17. I would love any book, shut this embroidery one is right up my alley! Maybe Zen gardens... I'm really into Zen right now too....

  18. I like the Easy Chinese Recipes.

  19. A book for which I'd select would be used at special events and fundraisers whereas I have the goal to design an after-work / after-school program... it would be designed to tutor that of subjects of all sorts,help with research and that of relation to computers (internet, use software, the repairs etc.) but need that of funds for the electronics, software, desks, chairs etc.

    In my case of preference the book would be the one titled: "Holiday Paper Crafts from Japan"

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  21. Patchwork Quilted Bags looks very interesting to me. I love to embroider too! Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!

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