I have never done much work in the field of embroidery, but I do remember being 10 and collecting a pile of embroidery floss to make friendship bracelets for all of my grade school friends. Those pretty strings of colour, still make my heart flutter, so it’s no secret that I first fell in love with Jenny Hart‘s work which has opened the door to the embroidery world for me.
Flipping through the book, Leanne’s writing is simple and easy to follow. Her book is divided into nicely presented sections ranging from interviews, the history of embroidery, projects and tools and techniques. There’s nothing snobbish or high brow about it either. Whether you have been embroidering for years or just a beginner, Leanne has you covered; teaching you all the basic skills that you can build on.
One of my favourite interviews in the book is with Aubrey Longley-Cook, a mixed media artist that combines the art of embroidery and animation creating images that look like moving objects. Titled, a Manbroiderer, he writes a blog called Spool Spectrum, whose tagline is “Give us this day our daily thread, and lead us knot into temptation”. I also have to give mention to friends Siobhan Long from magpie and cake and Rebekah Nathan from bliss in a teacup who both have projects featured in the book. Oh, and what a surprise when I discovered a pincushion handmade by yours truly on page 112 – hooray!
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