Peace, Love & Embroidery


Textile Art Book Reviews

At Mr X Stitch we love to review textile art and embroidery books for you. There are so many great books to discover, packed with needlework inspiration and textile techniques, so we dive into each book to find out what’s good, what’s bad and let you know why you should pick it up.

Here’s what we think of Peace, Love & Embroidery by Pocorute Pocochiru published by Zakka Workshop.

Introduction

Retro, quirky and colourful, this collection of designs totally hits the fashion trend embroidery market. With 250 motifs, there is plenty to discover and choose from. Within this book, you will fine cakes, dogs…even the odd mushroom! Choose your theme and look it up!

About The Author

Embroidery was not this authors first love. She began her art journey via studying oil painting at college. Later in life after having kids, she began to make and embellish things for them. This took her into embroidery and in 2014 she launched her own brand of embellished accessories, namely brooches and other bits and bobs. So there is hope for us all, even if we are not experienced in textile art….we can begin anytime.

Who Is This Book Aimed At?

It definitely have a young vibe, yet it could totally become a favourite for anyone who loves the whole pop art, Japanese cute look. The stitches used are simple, so its not difficult to learn.

Content

So here we go…the front cover….

Very eye catching and attractive – it has the Japanese vibe, mixed with a bit of the vintage retro style:

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Designs – Simple structures with detailed embroidery, creating realistic imagery in the form of animals, vegetation, junk food and Japanese treats, flowers, crafts, retro styles, Halloween and Christmas. We love the pet portraits.

Tools and Materials – A comprehensive guide on embroidery supplies is offered in order to follow instruction – embroidery floss, needles, transfer tools, fabric hoops and scissors. Each is marked with a letter to make this a very easy process.

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TOOLS

Stitch guide – Five basic stitches are used in creating designs, with chain stitch used to fill the background and others to add surface detail ( back, straight and satin stitch and French knots). Each stitch is described in detail with diagrams. Great for beginners or a seasoned embroiderer who would like to perfect their stitch.

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STITCH GUIDE

A ‘How to’ guide with info and tips on transferring designs, using a hoop, preparing the floss, working the stitches, transferring products and methods, creating patches and badges.

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HOW TO GUIDE

What makes the book special?

We loved the guide diagrams – A detailed follow guide explaining how to read the diagrams with motif number, stitch name, number of strands and colour number.

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GUIDE DIAGRAM

Photography

So many cute images!

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PET PORTRAIT

Anything Wrong With The Book?

At 88 pages long and with its softback cover, this isn’t your arduous embroidery book; however its fun and great to attract even those who are not usually embroidery inclined.

Conclusion

You can follow Pocorute via her blog ポコルテポコチルの刺繍にっき (goo.ne.jp) . I hope you are inspired to create your own designs, using the free motifs offered as a guide. This book evokes memories of my embroidery club at school, creating intricate textiles of mars bars and Christmas baubles. My own work is more abstract now but I do admire the dedication in capturing the essence of a subject small scale, using textile motifs to decorate clothing and soft furnishings.

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DECORATIVE MOTIF

Want to have a go yourself? Try this one out now, available to purchase through this link.

Christine Cunningham

Creating art from recycled materials using traditional methods (applique, patchwork, quilting) with a modern exploration into fabric manipulation and padded structure. Unusual materials include hair, plastic, rubber, metal, disintegrating fabrics and found objects. I source my treasures from carboot sales, charity shops and freecycle. Original poetry captures the essence of an experience, an emotional layering to which the viewer can relate on a personal level. I have two bodies of work. The Natural Collection explores abstract flower design and the seasons, religion, visions of India and Buddhism, childhood nostalgia and the seaside. The Womanhood Collection explores natural states of being including breast cancer, sexuality, the ageing process, anatomy, love, fragility and independence. I was inspired by my own experiences of breast cancer, both the physical brutality and fragility of living in the aftermath.

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