Tuesday, November 13, 2012
All of the templates are in the back of the book, though several of them do need to be enlarged. I haven't actually tried out anything yet...it is a library book after all, and I'll probably buy it first if I decide to make anything. But I did read through several patterns from start to finish, and they seemed fairly straightforward.
I don't have any experience with embroidery patterns actually. Whenever I embroider anything, I usually just do it freehand or maybe draw on my fabric first and then embroider. Actually, I was very naive when I first began browsing on Etsy and thought everyone selling embroidered goods was also sewing freehand or even that they had drawn their own designs! I know now, of course, that a lot of people use transfer paper and trace designs or use that tear-away stabilizer. I was quite shocked when one lady selling embroidered goods who I follow on twitter made an off-hand joke about how she'd never been able to draw well. And I was confused at first, thinking, "How does she make anything if she can't draw?" Like I said, I was very naive!
There are Etsy sellers who do draw their own designs, of course, and they make gorgeous things. Anyway, drawing is definitely not a required skill for making fun embroidered gifts to give your family and friends, and this book is full of cute ideas. And if you don't care for embroidery but know someone who does, the book itself would be a perfect gift! :)
Have you guys come across any good books for crafty gifts? If you've done a book review, please link in the comments!