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Here’s what we think of The Art of Punch Needle Embroidery by Masie Suarez
Marie Suarez guides you through the delights of punch needle embroidery from equipment, to stitches, to full projects.
About the Author
Marie Suarez is a self taught embroiderer. She taught herself the techniques of embroidery while working as a nurse. She eventually took the jump to leave her job and stitch full time, and she has since gained the title of Master Embroiderer. She is one of Europe’s best selling writers on the subject of embroidery.
Who is this Book Aimed At?
The book is definitely aimed at all ranges of expertise. For the novice Marie begins by talking you through the equipment with detailed pages on fabrics and tools, then moves into a techniques section detailing the rules of punch needle and stitches. And if you already knew all of that the book is building with projects and patterns fo you to enjoy.
The projects in the book are split into three different skill levels, very easy, easy and intermediate. They range from a tote bag, to a fabulously fluffy sheep, to a sign which reads Merci, and a sewing inspired cheeky bird sitting on a spool. Each project details the materials needed, how to prepare for the embroidery and how to assemble the finished product. The preparation sections detail things like which punch needle to use, how to prepare the fabric and stitches to use. It even includes a pattern for making a goldfish sponge for the bathroom, how fun is that!
The photography is lovely in this book. There are close ups of completed projects and shots of completed projects hanging up. But above that, the photos in the sections to help you understand the craft in more detail are excellent. There are also diagrams to help in that respect. The materials section shows detailed shots of 10 different fabrics you can punch needle on. Excellent close up photos throughout.
What Makes this Book Special?
Marie Suarez is a legend in her field and she holds nothing back in this book. You feel you are being given lessons, advice and patterns from one of the best. It also includes full size templates for all the projects, so you don’t need a photocopier to enlarge things. That’s always annoying to find when you buy a new book and just want to get going. With this one you can just go for it!
Anything Wrong with the Book?
I find this book hard to fault. It details everything you need and provides great patterns and advice too. If you want to begin punch needle embroidery, it’s definitely worth a look.
As a full on cross stitcher I was mesmerised by people doing punch needle embroidery, it’s so fast in comparison to some other methods of sewing. I saw people producing the most amazing pictures in next to no time. So I found this book fascinating, a great insight into how it all works. So much so that I got my hands no some tools to give it a go myself and I’ve enjoyed it with the help of this book.