Book Review – Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long – Win a copy!

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long - cover


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Sophie Long is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework, an extremely talented embroiderer and has the dubious honour of being the person that taught me the waste knot technique for cross stitch. So I was pleased to see her new book, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, hit the stores. It’s a cracker.

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long - contents

Sophie’s talent in embroidery shines throughout the book, with clear illustrative examples of several stitch types, and inspirational designs for you to try.

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long

The book is well laid out, with big pictures and plenty of explanations of the different techniques. If you’ve ever wanted to dip into the finer side of embroidery, this book is a great tool.

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long - pg 44

As well as all the instruction there are interviews with an assortment of quality embroiderers, and it’s a real treat to see our good friends Urban Threads making an appearance.

Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long - Urban Threads interview

Mastering the Art of Embroidery is published by Jacqui Small Publishing and is available from all good retailers. MrXStitch readers can take advantage of the following discount code!

To order Mastering the Art of Embroidery (9781906417956) for £24.00 including p&p* (RRP: £30.00), telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS222. Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS222 and include your name and address details. *UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

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But wait! There’s more! You could win a copy of Mastering the Art of Embroidery!

In our last post we explored some of the apps that are available to help your stitching. All you have to do to win a copy of the book is leave a comment with your favourite app for us all to enjoy! If you can, try to make it something that we might not have heard of, as it’s always good to get new recommendations!

Competition closes at midnight GMT on 8th June, at which point (or possibly in the morning after) I’ll count the comments and use Random Number Generator to pick a winner. Good luck!


View Comments (37)
  • My favorite app, which at first blush may seem to have nothing to do with embroidery, is PocketCasts. It’s hands-down, the best podcatcher I’ve used. It’s a great Android app that syncs between devices and handles all of my podcast needs- including, wait for it, embroidery and design podcasts as well as the multitude of other podcasts I listen to while digitizing/stitching. Does that count?

  • I have to say I don’t have a favorite app because I just got my first smart phone a month ago – I’m looking into the ones in thread though, and to seeing what other people suggest too!

  • I don’t have a new one for you but I too like Judith Baker Montano’s Embroidery & Crazy Quilt Stitch Guide. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  • I’ve played around with StitchSketch. It’s fun to play around with. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book! I am from Canada an am not sure if it open internationally. Either way, great giveaway! Love your blog!

  • I really like easy stitch! I put it on my phone to teach some of my friends how to crochet but it is good for beginners in embroidery, crochet and knitting. I can crochet well myself but then when I try to explain it to someone else I find it a little harder, it’s just so ingrained in me, so I got this app to help out but its actually so great for embroidery. It has awesome tutorials, illustrations and even patterns!

  • The book looks great! I’m afraid I only have the apps everyone uses already. Games, IG, Twitter etc. I do like Shazam to find titles/artists of songs that I hear on the radio & using my phone to pay for parking. I also did download the Thread tracker on my iPad because of your post yesterday!

  • I hope this giveaway is international because I’d love, love, love a chance to win this book! It looks really interesting and the embroideries lovely. And you can never have too many embroidery/beadwork/jewellery-making books. They’re plain addictive, both teaching you new things and suppling you with eye candy. 😀

    Afraid I can’t really name an app as I don’t own a smartphone nor a tablet (being poor is boring 🙁 ) and so I really don’t know what’s out there.

  • This book looks sick. The best app ever conceived is Bebot. It’s a normal synth music app, except it has a robot wearing a tuxedo and a red bowtie, and when you touch the screen he sings and it’s adorable.

  • I must be one of the only people on the planet who does not have a digital device that I can use apps with – so I do not have an app for you, but this book looks lovely and so full of great ideas!

  • Not an app but a free download from Project Gutenberg is
    ‘Mrs Beeton’s Book of Needlework’ wonderful for browsing, would love Sophie’s book to compare the two.

  • Actually, the app I use most for my crafting is the Pinterest app – it’s great for finding inspiration & making ‘to-do’ lists with images…. and I use it to bookmark my favourite stockists & tutorial sites so I can access them really easily from my phone since while I’m out & about

  • I love to use my Wooly app which syncs with Ravelry for my knitting projects. I alos love the pinterest app for when I’m on the go and want to catch up on crafty goings on 🙂

  • I enjoy both machine & hand embroidery. My Gr’pa started hand embroidery when recovering from polio so we have some incredible pieces and a really cool legacy.

  • Easy stitch, because I need all the help I can get. I do better if I can see something done, rather than just having it explained. I’ve been wanting to try more hand embroidery!

  • The Judith Baker Stitch app. Sometimes I need to be reminded of stitches 😉

  • well i have to say its a tie Embroidery Stitch Tool, Vol. 1 has stitches i like just in case i get stuck or want something fancy but
    Floss Checklist by OpeWare is also up there having a inventory on my phone of all my threads beyond words!

  • I’m really looking forward to trying X-Stitch. Thanks for the post about these apps!!

  • The cross stitch fabric calculator is the one I use most as I prefer 16 ct., no matter what the pattern is worked on.

  • Just the cover intrigues me! Would love to explore her world of beautiful stitches!

  • I love embroidery…..great way to solve bleach spots, stains, and holes. I love to add butterflies and skulls.

  • X-Stitch is one of my favorites, I got it when it first came out and had a bunch of bugs, but now that it’s had an update or two it’s my go to on my iPad!

  • I have not any favourite apps, because I have not a phone with the right configurations. But I love to sew and I love to stitch. I came from Germany. Maybe there is a chance to take part? I’d definitely would love to read the book and to watch the wonderful pictures, for inspiration. ^^

  • I have a Nokia Lumia, so there aren’t too make stitching apps yet. There is one called stitcho’mania that I use for knitting that gives examples of different stitches and how to do them, its really good for a beginner like me.

  • Sadly my mobile phone is the sort that can’t even manage pictures or a colour screen, let alone apps, but I have to admit that the Stitcher’s Helper app would be my go-to app if I had one of those fancy iphone things (fancy phones. Not feasible for poor people! :D)

    It sounds like a really neat little bundle of useful tracking information and data.

  • Sadly, I don’t have any apps for stitchery, but I shall now look and see if there is anything on Blackberry

  • Not specifically needlework apps, but the 2 I use the most when stitching are the Kindle app for my phone, and itunes (is that an app?)

  • I’ve found thread tracker to be the most helpful. There have been so many times I’ve gotten to the thread isle and realized I forgot my list at home. It also helps with the “so many colors! I want all of them!” moments.

  • i don’t use mobile apps, the judith baker montano embroidery apps look extremely useful though! the best technological crafting aid i’ve found is it seems to produce patterns from photos better and more easily than any other pattern generator i’ve found, and i’ve used it for cross stitch, knitting, and beading charts.

  • Not an embroidery app, but I keep an Excel spreadsheet of DMC floss, with the number of skeins and bobbins on hand, in Dropbox. So when I’m shopping, I can make sure I don’t buy colours I already have

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