Sandra Arthur, self-published, Lexington, KY, 2021
Have you been longing to do something different with your needlepoint? Do you wish that you knew moreways to incorporate depth and dimension to your stitching? Are you looking for cool ways to stitch flowers?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. Although there are several techniques that will work for beginning stitchers (for example covering cotton swab tips), the book is mostly written for intermediate and advanced stitchers. This should not come as a surprise if you look at the Table of Contents. About 40 different topics are covered.
Basic needlepoint topics are covered with chapters. You’ll learn about compensation in a very clear two-page article. There are several different ways to begin and end threads,along with explanations of when to use them.` Another chapter gives instructions for making twisted cording. These will b of great helpto any stitcher.
If you are wanting to venture into dimensional stitching, thre are additional chapters that will let you create raised ffects without tears or hard stitches. Some, like padding over cording, only need the right padding and then stitching over it. Others, like button flowers, will give you exciting new ways to stitch that are easy to accomplish.
Where this book really shines is covering what I think of as advanced techniques. Not too many of us feel comfortable attaching a bead by making a bezel or attaching leather to our needlepoint. In the book Sandra provides clear instructions and illustrations of many, many techniques. I was so excited by this! I have done about half the techniques shown, but I rarely use them, largely because I don’t feel confident without a guide next to me. Now I can confidently venture todo them.
The topics are covered with text, stich diagrams, and illustrations. her explanations are vry clear and the small pictures of places where she has used the technique are very helpful.
I have a sampler planned of many different techniques for stitching flowers. This will be a big part of that project.