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Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown, published by C & T Publishing
Christen Brown’s Hand Embroidery Dictionary provides detailed instruction on how to make 500 different embroidery stitches. It is a fantastic resource for anyone who enjoys hand embroidery, as it provides easy access to new stitches, ranging from simple stitches to complex techniques. If you want to broaden your stitching skill set, this is a must-have book.
About the Author
Christen Brown began her own artistic journey in 1991, teaching and exhibiting her work. She is so enthusiastic about her practice and endeavours to share this with all who surround her.
Her website tells us: ‘I am an artist, a designer, a technician, a crafter, a writer and a poet. Every thing I do is because of the confidence that my husband and daughter show in me; and I know that it is their love for me that gives me the ability to bring my inspirations to life.’
Christen is the author of several books on hand embroidery and the Hand Embroidery Dictionary is further proof that she is an excellent teacher.
Who Is This Book Aimed At?
Those who are new to embroidery will find this super educational. Those who already have experience will find this a great refresher.
The contents includes images of the stitches to help you understand what you’re going to learn. Before you have even made a stitch, Christen supports you in creating the right base to work on…
As you would expect in a Stitch Dictionary, this book is packed with photographs that illustrate every aspect of making the stitch. Christen strives to make even the more complicated techniques simple to learn and while they may prove tricky to execute, she gives all the help she can.
The stitches are grouped into types – fly stitches, cross stitches – and within those types are variations that can be used to add more interest to your work.
As well as exploring stitches, the book gives ideas for different bases that can be used to work on.
From basic stitches, to sophisticated techniques, to embellishment, this dictionary has plenty of ideas, and the photography helps get those creative juices flowing!
What Makes The Book Special?
The Stitch Dictionary contains a wealth of information on stitch types, enough to get you started, but also throws in some new concepts, like embroidering around buttons…
Christen’s experience as a stitcher and a teacher permeates the book, and as well as featuring useful tools, she drops in tips and tricks to help you out.
She also includes a few finished examples so that you can appreciate the stitches in context!
Anything Wrong With The Book?
There are no obvious problems with this book, indeed as a tool for teaching a wide variety of stitches, it does a great job.
A Stitch Dictionary can be a much-loved book for a stitch enthusiast, and as well as showcasing the variety of stitches, it needs to explain how to accomplish them. Christen Brown’s experience as an artist and teacher shines through this book, fulfilling those goals and making it a trusted companion as you follow your creative path.
Hand Embroidery Dictionary is written by Christen Brown and published by C&T Publishing.
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