If you are looking for a comprehensive embroidery resource, the Hand Embroidery Dictionary will fit that need. This is one of the best stitch directories I have seen.
I had over 170 stitches, and daily tutorials went from January 1 to the end of June. In the end, I had to stop because I was running out of stitches to demonstrate.
If only I had the Hand Embroidery Dictionary then! It has over 500 stitches. That is more than I found in any other book (and I looked around a lot).
This book is clearly laid out with lots of colour diagrams and pictures.
There are even stitch diagrams for left-handed options, which is not standard in embroidery books.
It is a great resource for beginners. It includes a lot of information about different fabrics and threads and tools and how to use them together.
No specific projects are included. This book is aimed at people who want to be creative with stitches and make their own projects. I call this “freestyle embroidery”. It’s like doodling on fabric.
If you need inspiration to get started, there are a lot of pictures of projects which will give you ideas. These stitches will also work well with the embroidery projects I have here.
Full disclosure, I received this book for free from C & T Publishing, but this is a book that I would purchase and this is an honest review.
C & T Publishing has generously offered to give a free copy of the e-book to one of my readers. To win the book, comment on this post telling me your favourite embroidery stitch or why you would like this book. Entry closes on September 29, 2021.
UPDATE: The give away is now closed. Congratulations to Cathy F. who won!
I will randomly choose a winner from the comments and contact the winner by email.
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Thanks to Christen Brown and C & T Publishing for this great resource. I’m sure I will refer to it often.
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