There are TONS of needlework books on the market. I know I have my favorites, and I also know I have a library of some almost-200 books that deal with embroidery or needlework in some way. But recently, I was asked for a rather specific book recommendation, so I thought I’d ask readers to contribute their thoughts, experience, and preferences to help narrow down a book recommendation.
Here is the question: If you had to recommend a beginner’s embroidery book to someone who had only $15 and the book was for someone 15 years old or YOUNGER, what book would you recommend and why?
I have a friend whose company wants to promote “how to” books for different crafts and hobbies for youth. As far as embroidery goes, they want to start with a basic beginner’s book.
I hate to give “just any” recommendation! And so many books have so many angles I like, but not all books have all the angles I like to see in a beginner’s book.
For example, I love the A-Z on Embroidery Stitches (ok, we’ve exceeded the $15 range here, obviously). I like them for beginners because of the step-by-step photos. Same with the Embroiderer’s Handbook (Country Bumpkin as well). The latter is closer to the $15 range. But neither of those have projects in them. For beginners – and especially youth – it’s nice to have a pool of projects to choose from.
Then there are the Anchor books. The Freestyle Embroidery book has projects in it, but I don’t know if the “New” one has diagrams in it or photos. I just bought a copy of the new one to review, but it hasn’t arrived yet. The old one had diagrams only, but I like the way they provide a picture of a small motif completed with the stitch. I also like the variety of designs for stitching provided in the old book. But the diagrams are just your typical diagrams. Some kids just don’t get stitch diagrams.
Then there are the various “Beginner’s Guide To” books by Search Press, all of which are excellent in their own technique, but there isn’t one overall “Beginner’s Guide To Embroidery” by Search Press.
And then there are the individual, non-series type books out there on beginning embroidery…
So the question is: WHICH BOOK?
Any input? I’d love to hear what you would recommend!
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