Embroidery stitches can be learned easily from books. A needle and floss, some fabric, and a good book, and you’re all set. Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches is another good reference to have in your library. The book has plenty of full-color instructions and plenty of good ideas on how to use the stitches you’ve learned.
This particular edition of the book (“revised”) has over 400 stitch diagrams in full color, with detailed instructions for each stitch. It includes an introduction that takes you through the basics to get you started. After the introduction, you’ll find fourteen sections of stitch-types, from simple outlining to pulled fabric.
The books is pleasing to look at – the colors are great – and it’s easy enough to use while you’re stitching. The binding would be better if it were spiral, so it would lay flat. But it’s “floppy” enough that, with just a little encouragement, it stays put where you need it.
If you’re looking for a thorough stitch dictionary, you won’t go wrong with this one.
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