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review & giveaway: doodle stitching embroidery & beyond

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond


I'm very excited to be sharing Aimee Ray's latest book with you today! Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond is Aimee's third embroidery book, and it does not disappoint. This time around, she brings her delightful style to some different types of embroidery, which makes this the perfect resource to expand your stitching knowledge!

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond
Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond
Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

Embroidery & Beyond is broken up into chapters that focus on methods of embroidery like cross-stitch and decorative stitches, red work and crewel, cutwork and stumpwork and more. In addition to showing how these techniques are done, she shares a bit of background of each, creating a connection between the traditions of the past and our new future of embroidery.

Of course, what makes these stitching styles come to life are the projects, and there are over 20 to choose from!

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond
Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond
Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

That Babushka is probably my favorite thing in the entire book! It's so very Aimee Ray...and so very adorable!

I'm keeping this review short and sweet because this is simple. If you enjoy the basics of embroidery, you'll love learning more, and this is the book to do it with. It's a must have, and it's a bargain (even at full price).

Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond

Now, let's talk giveaway. First, if you head over to Lark Crafts, you can download a free project from the book. But don't go just yet! Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, PLUS the winner will receive the apron pictured above from the book!

Sign up below using Rafflecopter. Thank you Aimee and Lark Crafts for creating this amazing new book and for making this giveaway possible!

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118 comments:

  1. Mollie,

    Good Morning! Wow - a give away already this morning! I would like to learn more about stumpwork.

    Maureen

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  2. I love the look of Sashiko, but have never tried it.

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  3. I've been dying to try sashiko for awhile now. I just love how a simple running stitch can be so beautiful.

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  4. I really want to learn crewel work!

    ~Kristin

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  5. I already have the other two books and really would love to get my hands on this one too!
    I'm not sure which I want to tackle first, Crewel or Sashiko? I hope I can combine all the different stitches in one project! :)

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  6. Oooo, this book looks great. I would love to add it to my collection. So many stitches I need to lesrn still.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  7. I would like to improve my fill stitches or couched stitches.

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  8. There are so many techniques I want to learn.
    I would like to learn the one where a mirror is placed in the middle...

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    1. Oh yes! Aimee shows some really nice examples of Shisha in this!

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  9. Can I pick all of them? I really love redwork, and want mine to look like perfection.

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  10. Would love to win this awesome book!

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  11. this looks like so much fun!

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  12. Wow, it's so cute! I would love to learn sashiko.

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  13. I have still so much to learn...I must start with the basic ones.

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  14. I love that peacock design! I need to improve my skills on everything!

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  15. I would love to learn sashiko

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  16. I love Doodle Stitching! Such fun embellishments and very cool designs. I've never heard of sashiko. I'm intrigued. :)

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  17. I used to do a lot of embroidery but have been knitting and crocheting for a few years now. I'd love an excuse to try some of these techniques out.

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  18. What an awesome book. I really would love to learn any technique since my stitching is still fairly basic.

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  19. I am really just getting back into embroidery, so any technique tutorials are good for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I really just need to learn how to do basic embroidery first!

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  21. I would love to learn how to Crewel!

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  22. That looks like a very nice book! Sashiko and stumpwork are two things I'm interested in learning more about and this book looks like it have some good inspiration and instructions for those kinds of embroidery.

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  23. I'm definitely an embroidery lover. I would love to add this book to my collection! :)

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  24. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I want to learn more about Redwork.
    Thanks again,
    Vicki
    sunraesban@yahoo.com

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  25. I'd love this book! I'd like to try whitework and pulled thread stitches.

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  26. Love this! There are so many stitches I have to learn!

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  27. I think I'd like to do things beyond the basics I know--crewel, stumpwork, "tough stuff". :)

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  28. I would love to learn all of them, but I think I would most want to learn balckwork!

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  29. I would love to learn more about applique! I love Amy Ray! Her first two doodle stitching books were my first ever embroidery books!

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  30. I would love to learn crewel! thank you!

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  31. Anything other than cross stitch since I know how to do that well already.

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  32. Diane N.12:47 PM

    I would like to learn whatever technique is pictured in the shoulder bag with the peacock stitched on it. I think that might be crewel work, but it looks nicer than I remember crewel work looking in other photos.

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    1. Yes, that is crewel, and you're right, it's a very nice example of it at its best!

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  33. I was just thinking about sashiko patterns the other day... Thanks for the amazing!! giveaway!

    mary dot e dot warns at qcenter dot com

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  34. Courtney12:59 PM

    Crewel work has always fascinated me, if I were to pick a technique it would definitely be that one.

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  36. I am interested in learning sashiko, cross-stitch and blackwork.

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  37. I think that crewel work is completely beautiful, and would love to learn more about it.

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  38. Sashiko is intriguing--it looks like I'm not alone in wanting to try it out soon! :)

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  39. That pincushion is adorable! That would easily be my first project! SO CUTE.

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  40. I've been dying to try Sashiko!

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  41. the babushka won me too!

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  42. Sashiko looks like it would be very calming... or drive me crazy with it's perfectly spaced stitches! Either way, I'd definitely like to give it a try.

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  43. I'd like to learn to satin stitch more neatly. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  44. I definitely need a copy of this book in my library. :D

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  45. Gorgeous book! would love a new crewel work project!

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  46. I would LOVE to learn crewel!!

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  47. Anonymous5:55 PM

    I know the basic hand embroidery stitches but need to improve my Stem Stitch
    bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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    1. That's one that has always been difficult for me too, but I've been practicing and working out some tricks...I'll share them here on the blog soon!

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  48. Looks like an interesting book. I think I'd find it hard to pick just one new technique though, so many of them appeal!

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  49. I really would like to learn and become proficient with the lazy daisy stitch - french knots also give me trouble.

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  50. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Hello there~

    I'm a total noob at stitching but I love it so. Those little mushrooms got me... I want to stitch them everywhere!

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  51. I'd love to learn how to do smocking. Be especially blessed.

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  52. I want to learn crewel embroidery.

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  53. I love embroidery! These books and Wild Olive together!!! The perfect giveaway! I would be in heaven to win! I still haven't mastered the french knot, which is pretty sad. Though reading through other comments there are techniques I've never heard of. Guess I need to get more in the game.

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    1. Have you tried a Colonial knot? It's easier for many, and I like the look of it!

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  54. Anonymous6:54 PM

    This is so cute!

    Heidi W.

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  55. the basics... this book is awsome!

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  56. This is a very cute book! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  57. Lorraine7:30 PM

    I want to be able to do it all! What a great book.

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  58. I would like to learn cutwork. Thank you for the chance.

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  59. I'm itching to master Sashiko!

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  60. I took a five level, three year course on hand embroidery. We covered most of the techniques in hand embroidery. I do enjoy Sashiko as it is very relaxing. This looks like a very nice book.

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  61. I would like to learn and use more fill stitches.

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  62. Anonymous8:35 PM

    I am interested in picking up crewel again. It's been years! Jill Jones
    jilljones1atfrontiernetdotnet

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  63. I've been embroidering for over 40 years (and I'm only 50!) and I've done most techniques. I would like to try goldwork with real metal threads sometime.

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  64. I would just like to learn more stitches, since I only know a few.

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  65. So sweet! I love the projects you've shown, particularly the babushka & the little pincushion. I would so love a copy of this book :)

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  66. I think the cross stitch again!

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  67. I am new to embroidery and love it. I want to try everything and master it all!
    maggiecolorado@gmail.com

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  68. That is such a lovely book from what you've shared!
    Since cross stitch is the only technique I'm particularly familiar with, I am interested in learning more about all the techniques in the book!

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  69. Jennie10:11 PM

    I'm just getting back into embroidery after doing some as a kid. I'm looking to pick up everything, so all of the tutorials will be helpful!

    jennie50000(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  70. Yay a new book!

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  71. I would love to learn to embroider that fantastic peacock or those adorable mushrooms. What a neat-looking book. And, what a cute apron!

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  72. I don't know what it's called, but I want to make the lanterns hanging from the branches.

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    1. Those are done with stumpwork, which I'm excited to try for the first time!

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  73. I think the one I like the look of here is the stumpwork

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  74. The daisy stitch! :)

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  75. I want to learn cross stitch.

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  76. I would love to win this book and extend my embroidery skills

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  77. i'm a newbie, so anything beside the basic stitch would be fun to learn!

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  78. I am still in the learning process for embroidery and boy am I loving it. I definitely want to learn sashiko!

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  79. Anonymous7:32 AM

    I would love to learn cross stitch
    Dyannaholster@yahoo.com

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  80. I've just started getting the hang of cross-stitch, so I'd love to learn any of these embroidery techniques! Crewel is interesting me lots!

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  81. I definitely need to expand my knowledge of all the different stitches - how fun and beautiful does this book look?!

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  82. I love it!!! I want to try this embroidery techniques!!!! I look amazing!!! Love you job!

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  83. I am a beginner with embroidery techniques, so I need to improve on everything!

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  84. What cute designs! I guess since I've never really stitched before I'd have to learn cross stitching first.

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  85. I think it would be fun to cross stitch!

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  86. I would like to try Sashiko.

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  87. No to be unoriginal but Sashiko for sure!

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  88. I'm just getting into embroidery, this would be an awesome resource :)

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  89. I've never tried Sashiko and I'm not sure what crewel is, so I guess I'll have to learn about both!

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  91. Looks like a fun book! I am not really sure what sashiko is but it would probably be fun to give it a try!

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  92. i just started embroidery and so far i love it! looking to learn lots more!

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  93. i am not terribly advanced and still have a lot to learn but i just love the look of cutwork and would love to know how to do that.

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  94. Anonymous11:16 AM

    I would love to learn more about embroidery.

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  95. I've been embroidering since I had the chicken pox at 6. After 40 years, I think I'm ready to branch out a little!

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  96. hannah4:04 PM

    I stick to simple at the moment but I would love to branch out into More of a 3D or textured look, especially with filling stitches.

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  97. this book looks amazing! i would love to receive it...and the apron! :)

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  98. I love the look of crewel but I'm not so sure I have the skill/patience for those beautiful satin stitches. I think a small crazy quilt will be my next 'learn as you go' project.

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  99. Love to have this added to my collection!

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  100. I'd love to try my hand at crewel

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  101. I've just started embroidery and I absolutely love it! Your site is awesome!

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  102. I'd like to learn crewel embroidery next. I think I've tried about all the others!

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  104. I think it would be using fabric in my embroidery

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  105. The only type of embroidery I've every done is cross stitch. I'd like to branch out a bit and try some other techniques!

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  106. I am really in love with Sashiko, but I haven't done it yet!

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  107. Oh sheesh....ANY technique would be great since I am all thumbs lol.

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  108. I just can't choose only one kind of stitch to learn... May I choose all of them? <3

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  109. Anonymous10:50 PM

    I'd love to learn about felt applique! :D

    Nancy S.

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