I have another great book to share with you this week. Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner's Guide to Embroidery, Cross-Stitch, Needlepoint, Beadwork, Applique, and More
Diana Rupp, founder of Make Workshop in NYC, demonstrates how simple items can be made into something fabulous by just adding a few stitches. I've tinkered with embroidery and cross-stitching and it's so refreshing to find a tutorial book with pizazz and attitude but still with clear instructions that's great for beginners. Lots of photo references and diagrams too if you're a visual person like myself. I need to SEE what is being instructed. :)
The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 is the Basics that introduces you to the embroidery technique from freehand and applique to needlework, smocking, openwork, beadwork, cross-stitch and more. Part 2 are the Projects. It has instructions that will put what you learned in Part 1 to use. Plenty of cool projects like Light-as-a-Feather Doorstop, Needlework Necklace, Kimono Baby Booties and a Peony Jewelry Box. Also included are 48 Transfer Patterns to use (awesome!).
What's neat about this book is that none of the projects seems like it would be too hard to do. Once you get the hang of it, maybe develop some callouses on those fingers, you'll be going crazy embroidering everyting, like your skirt!