Embroidery Stitch Dictionaries are handy books to have on your shelf, if you’re a die-hard embroidery fanatic. And even if you wouldn’t rank yourself quite as a complete fanatic, stitch dictionaries are wonderful reference tools to have on hand, especially when you want to expand your stitching horizons a bit. To me, the best stitch dictionaries on the market are published by Country Bumpkin in their A-Z Series of needlework books. Today, I want to show you one of their stitch dictionaries –
As the title suggests, this is the second A-Z book on embroidery stitches. The first one, A-Z of Embroidery Stitches, is excellent, too, but I especially like this second one because it delves into stitch combinations, variations, and so forth that are not as commonly seen as those stitches found in the first book.
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 features over 145 embroidery stitches, variations, and combinations, each shown in detail with step-by-step photos of the actual stitch in progress.
The book begins with a long index of the stitches included within!
Before the stitching instructions begin, in the front of the book you’ll find some excellent information for the embroiderer. For example, there are several pages devoted to needles used in embroidery, including what types are used for what, and a page of actual sized photos of the various types of needles. How many times have you wondered if you’re using the “right” needle for your work? Or which needle to choose before you start? This is a great resource that helps answer those questions!
There’s a good section on using an embroidery hoop, binding a hoop, and keeping your work clean – excellent information for beginners and beyond.
But the real “meat” of the book, of course, is in the instructions. The step-by-step photos of the various stitches are what make the book perfect for learning.
Besides regular surface embroidery stitches, you’ll find some ribbon embroidery techniques included throughout the book…
… and in this particular book, you’ll find lots of interesting composite stitches, filling stitches, and stitch variations.
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 has been on the market for a while – I’m not reviewing a “new” book here! – but since lately I’ve found myself returning to it over and over again for stitch ideas, I thought it would be a good one to review. Combined with the first A-Z of Embroidery Stitches, these two books make up a very thorough resource for embroidery stitch instruction.
If you’re looking for a good stitch dictionary that will allow you to add some variety to your stitches, you can’t go wrong with this book. You can find the book online through a number of resources: The publisher, Country Bumpkin, is currently running a 25% special on A-Z books, so readers in Australia might take advantage of that for pretty good prices. In the US, you’ll find a terrific deal on this book through Wooly Thread, where it is currently $15. (The A-Z books run between $29 – $33 in the US, so this is a good bit of saving!)
And, if you want the book and you’re feeling particularly lucky this week, keep an eye out on Needle ‘n Thread, because (yep, yep, you guessed it!) I’m going to give away one later this week!
Hope you’re having a swell Monday!