Stitched Blooms Review and Giveaway - Winner posted!
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Lark Books offered to send me a copy of Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris to review for them and I jumped at the opportunity. I have followed Carina on Twitter for years now and have always enjoyed her enthusiasm for stitching and embroidery. In fact, I sort of live vicariously through her and a handful of other folks who get around to stitching a lot more than I do! I love every thing about embroidery: I love the process, the endless design possibilities, the portability of projects. I really love the finished product. If any of these things set your heart to pitter-patter, then I think you will definitely appreciate this book.
As you can see from the table of contents, this book is really well rounded. Are you a seasoned stitcher? Fantastic! You can jump right into any one of the twenty varied projects or use any combination of the 300 motifs featured in the book to create your own project. On the other hand, are you a complete embroidery noob? Rest easy, dear friend, Carina has compiled a brief, but information packed primer that includes things like color theory, foundation prep and care, types of thread and how to manage them. Once you've read through those pages and the stitch glossary, picking up one of the quicker projects (I would suggest the Pincushion Petit Fours) should be a breeze for the beginner.
Carina also includes an overview on embroidery tools and working with motifs. The section on embroidery tools taught me, a thirty year veteran, a new tip (it's on page 20)!
The bright colors, Carina's sweet florals and all the scallops seriously make my day. Have a crafty friend who's under the weather? Or maybe you could use a pick-me-up? This book and $10 worth of embroidery supplies would brighten anyone's day.
Be sure to check out this blog post on Lark Books' needlearts blog for a free download and a list of the blogs participating in the blog tour: Stitched Blooms blog tour kickoff.
Today is going to be someone's lucky day! Lark Books is giving away one copy of Stitched Blooms right here on my blog. To enter please leave a comment and tell us what your favorite thing to stich is. A winner will be drawn this Friday, September 27th at 8pm CST. Best of luck!