Today I had a chance to sit down and look through it, and by the time I had finished touring its pages, I *knew* I had to share it with you!
For me, one of the main selling features of a crafting book is a variety of detailed step-by-step projects. Doodle Stitching did not disappoint!
Let me show you the cover. It's cute without being cheesy, and I love the woodland-themed embroidery on the piece that is shown. (When we eventually have kids, the nursery will be woodland-themed.)
|Love the way that the cover is designed. Just enough "cute" to make me want to look further.|
|The table of contents is so yummy! Materials and Tools, Projects, and even Patterns!|
|And look at the little embroidery at the bottom of the page. Folky, boho, and ultra cute!|
|The selling point for me: Projects with tons of details. Materials needed, stitches used (there is an entire section on JUST stitches!!), and step-by-step instructions. |
The next page shows actual patterns that you can copy and/or enlarge as you like.
|There are lots of little creative touches too, if you are looking to take your embroidery to the next level. Pictured above is a suggestion for doodling right onto fabric in order to start your embroidery design.|
|Here is another "take it further" suggestion - using a pattern from the book and adapting it for the project or to your individual taste. I like the freedom that these little hints suggest.|
She is also a great writer with so many ideas. She has done a wonderful job making embroidery accessible to the ultimate novice (me!), while offering project ideas and patterns for those who are already embroidery masters.
Oh - for the writing junkie, there is a list of numbers in a very cool font.
One major thing that is missing is a general alphabet to use. I love including writing in my art and doodles, and I think that there is a fairly large attraction to words and letters for many artists. A funky alphabet to embroider would have been a natural inclusion to this book.
Luckily I'm pretty handy on a computer, and I found these links of cool fonts for embroidery: