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Embroidery for Everyone

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I bought a kit recently to try my hand at embroidery and on the front it even said it was beginner friendly. Opern up the package to realize there are no instructions at all! Don't know how you can be beginner friendly without having any insturctions. Luckily this embroidery book is beginner friendly. It has beautiful patterns with terrific instructions to go with it.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review,
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Embroidery for Everyone
Easy to Learn Techniques with 50 Patterns!
by Kelly Fletcher

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Embroidery and a needlepoint are a craft that can be easily accessible to many. The detailing can make a unique addition to new and old items - to clothing or decorative items. This makes for a nice guide and example of options available to embroider as well as a how to. This will make an excellent addition to any public or home library. 5/5
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Informative, instructive and enjoyable. Beautiful designs and easy to follow instructions. A wealth of information and inspiration. Will be using this for years to come!
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A longer review to come soon! This was an enjoyable book and I quite liked it.. Thanks for the chance to try it.
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I have never embroidered before but this book makes it look easy. The patterns are cute but simple for someone doing this for the first time. I'm excited to give it a try.
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Brilliantly laid out guide for newcomers to embroidery or people looking for new ideas. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for letting me access an advance copy of this book in exchange for my feedback.
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Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. There are some really nice patterns for beginners in it, and the instructions are very clear. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
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This review is being written from the perspective of an experienced embroider, who is coming back to the craft after a two decade hiatus. 

The book begins with a brief but thorough overview of embroidery, including stitches, materials, transferring patterns and hoops. 

Projects start with the simplest and become progressively more complex. I'd suggest a beginner work them in order for that reason. 

DMC thread is called for, however you could easily substitute your own colors for any of the designs. The color palette is limited for each project, between three and nine colors, 

Each project includes a finished piece, written instructions and a drawn diagram of stitches used, all on the same page. They were mostly single motifs (like a fox) or a small collection of motifs (like three snowflakes). Borders, monograms and more complex designs were towards the end. 

Personally I found about 80% of the projects ones I would enjoy doing, a good percentage. 

Templates are included, however they are not full sized and will need to be enlarged.
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Embroidery for Everyone: Easy to Learn Techniques with 50 Patterns! by Kelly Fletcher guides readers through an array of stitching techniques and decoration ideas. The patterns offer a wide variety of subjects to choose from like cute animal patterns, Boho chic borders and motifs, winter snowflakes and snowmen, Thanksgiving turkey, and springtime bunnies and flowers. You will learn to embellish clothing, create beautiful needlecraft art with nature and folk images, and make handmade heirloom seasonal decorations.

Embroidery for Everyone offers readers exactly what the title promises. There is a well done stitch guide, basic instructions and information, and more before readers are shown the first design. The designs are neat and clean, getting slightly harder and more complex as the book goes on but never getting too hard for beginners. As a crafter that is just getting back into needle work this year, after mostly working with tarn for the last decade, this book offers some good reminders and practice designs for me. The instructions are well written and I think the book works well as encouragement and instruction for those new to embroidery and for those looking to refresh or enhance their skill set.
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Embroidery for Everyone is a nice collection of beginner to intermediate friendly surface embroidery patterns and tutorials by Kelly Fletcher. Released 19th Oct 2021 by Quarto on their becker & mayer! imprint, it's 128 pages and is available in paperback format. 

The introductory chapters cover materials, fabric and thread choices, needles, scissors, tensioning devices (hoops) etc etc. as well as stitch diagrams with color photographs showing needle positions and the steps to form each stitch. The step-by-step photos are annotated and accompanied by explanatory text.  They're clear and easy to follow.

It should be noted that this book is about surface embroidery, not cross stitch.  It's lovely to see tutorials and and upswing in interest for the other fibrearts; it seems like only cross-stitch had any following for a long long time and it's nice to see surface embroidery enjoying a renaissance.

The bulk of the book contains the patterns for the projects in sequential order.  The pattern keys contain the flosses by DMC 6 strand floss number. Conversion charts for other brands of floss are not provided in the book, but conversion charts are readily accessible online for readers who prefer another brand of floss, or silk instead of cotton. 

The pattern charts are in full color with color keys in a footer bar under the pattern shown with a simplified color line drawing showing the stitch type. The charts also contain color designations for each floss used in the pattern. The patterns are simple and lend themselves well to further embellishment or can used as they are. Full size templates are included in the back of the book for all of the projects.

This would make a nice gift, perhaps bundled with some stitching supplies, for a friend who wants to learn to stitch. It would also make a nice selection for public or school library acquisition, or as a good inspiration source for the home studio.

Four stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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Embroidery has always been fascinating. It seems like such an intricate art that was something I would never be able to attempt. Fortunately, books like Embroidery for Everyone help give you the confidence to give it a go yourself.

If you have never encountered embroidery, do not worry as exactly what you need to get started. Not only that, you are taught the different types of embroidery stitch that you will be using over the projects provided in this book.

A plethora of easy to follow patterns are included, with enough variety provided that there should be plenty that you enjoy. Each pattern includes a list of the colour threads that are needed on the DMC colour, what stitches are used to create the pattern, and a template for you to either trace or use an iron-on transfer onto your fabric.

If you are interested in giving embroidery a try, Embroidery for Everyone would be a great place to start.
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Embroidery for Everyone is a beginner friendly book with easy instructions guide with emplates to start you on your embroidery journey.
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I thought this would be the ideal book for a beginner. The patterns were very easy to follow and quite simple. Overall the book would be the perfect book for anyone beginning their journey into embroidery.
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What a good discovery ! Loved how simple and well explain this book is ! It is easy to follow, nice to look at, and have really cute design and patterns. Perfect for beginners I will say ! I am looking forward to try some of them. The pattern seems well explain and easy to read and follow. 
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC, and looking forward to recommend it !
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I liked the way the type of stitches and how to do them are displayed. The patterns are easy to follow and basic enough if you want to customize the.
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Good for beginners, easy to understand and simple designs not something insta& catchy high designs but simple & easy designs, a few tricks to how to do embroidery without committing many mistakes 

A nice read for beginners
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Although not all of these designs are to my taste, this is a good resource for beginners to embroidery and I think my 9 year old would love stitching these designs. I did very much like the borders and would definitely stitch some of those as pillowcase embroideries. I also liked the snowflakes design and thought the introductory stitches section was extremely clear! I can also imagine doing the later project in the book (37 the diamond, and the folk birds and flowers) in crewelwork.
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An amazing book with excellent tips for beginners, just waiting my vacation to try some of the projects out!
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Embroidery for Everyone by Kelly Fletcher
Easy to Learn Techniques with 50 Patterns

Simple, effective, charming, embellished designs that can be used on garments, linens, for handkerchiefs, dishtowels or on any fabric you might want to personalize. 

What I liked: 
* It is beautifully illustrated
* The reminder was given of using handwork as a time for self for mindfulness, meditation, listening to audio books, etc.
* The directions are explicit and easy to follow
* The threads required are mentioned by number 
* The stitch guide is better than many 
* The patterns are diverse
* It made me think of historical novels with monograms and also the monogram calligraphy course I just took…might be able to create my own designs and embroider them though hankies are not common any longer
* I could see some of the patterns on personalized wedding, birtyday, or baby gifts 
* The transfer patters were precise and would be easy to trace onto fabric
* Some of my favorite designs were: dandelion, dragonfly, flowers, mushrooms, pumpkin, snowlflakes, borders, larger diamond, folk designs, circular motifs, neckline and monograms

What I didn’t like: 
* Can’t think of anything

Did I enjoy this book? Yes

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto – becker & mayer for the ARC – This is my honest review

5 Stars
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Absolutely perfect for beginners. Loved how simple and straightforward the designs were. It’s a great beginner project that I’m excited to work on
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