Have you noticed, there’s a general trend among crafty types that we can’t stick to just one craft? This was particularly true for me when I was a little girl. Every Christmas and birthday some new kit came along – candle making, glass painting, soap making, that clay stuff you cook in the oven, those little plastic beads you iron together… and of course the usual sewing, knitting, crochet. Most of the stuff’s long gone now, but every so often I feel the urge to pick one of those crafts up again. The last time this occurred, it was embroidery. And therefore I bought this book:
Let’s just get one thing straight – none of the projects in this book approach anything like the complexity of the design on the cover. Depending on what you’re looking for, that may reassure or disappoint you. It was the latter for me, but once I’d got over it I discovered quite a nice little book.
In fact, nice is the word for these projects, as in “oh, that’s quite nice” – nothing amazing, but consistently sweet. There’s a good introduction, with lots of pictures of the different stitch types involved (which I absolutely needed):
And then the projects. Maybe the reason I didn’t love this book is that most of the items are things I don’t particularly need or want – an eye mask, a headband, ID holder, lampshades, bookmarks, storage bags, and so on. But the designs are really cute, and you could easily use them on whatever you wanted.
I don’t have any projects to show from this book, but I was inspired by the napkin idea below – I embroidered a set of 6 for my brother and sister-in-law for their first married Christmas. Instead of the circles though, I used a monogram of their initials designed for their wedding. Wish I had a picture to show them off, because I was super proud of how swish they looked!
Nice projects, nicely written book – but I don’t think I have much more use for it. So… it’s up for grabs! Would you like it? Then leave a comment below to answer the following question:
Is there a particular craft you used to do, but gave up on? Would you ever have another go at it?
This giveaway will be open for the next week, and I’ll announce the winner (as determined by a random number generator, if there’s more than one reply) in next Wednesday’s book review.