in print // beginner's guide to embroidery bookazine
I love hearing about people who are learning embroidery and I especially love when I can help beginners. Usually that starts with one of the resources that I've created online or in books/magazines. And recently I got to contribute a bit to a new bookazine on embroidery!
The Beginner's Guide to Embroidery is published by Immediate Media in the UK (the same folks who publish Mollie Makes), and covers all of the basics of embroidery and several different types of embroidery too. It really is a great resource for getting started or learning new techniques.
The book is divided into sections showing different types of stitches or techniques. There are tutorials and guides, plus projects that allow you to try out what you've learned and make something sweet.
The poppies above are one of my favorites and they show off fill stitches. Aren't they beautiful? And these ferns showcase border stitches.
Embellishing a fabric design and turning it into a strawberry pincushion? So fun and cute.
My contribution was helping with the section on transferring patterns. What you see here is what each set of tutorial pages looks like. Lots of photos and helpful descriptions. And they cover topics from the basics like materials and transferring to stitch types, counted stitches, and more.
And you'll love this. All of the traceable patterns and templates are at full size in the back of the bookazine!
This really does feel more like a book than a magazine, but if you're wondering what makes this a "bookazine" I would say things cause it to blend: The format and paper (it's soft cover) are more magazine, and there are a few page spreads that are exactly what you'd expect in a magazine. It's a nice combination!
And before I sign off on this post, here are a few more fun pages. Above are two examples of counted stitch projects. One is more like an old sampler and the other is blackwork, but done in tans and browns. There are also examples of counted cross stitch in the Beginner's Guide to Embroidery.
Many of the designs and projects have a more classic style to them, rather than the modern quirky motifs that I create and love to stitch. But I can picture using these traditional patterns and pairing them with fun fabrics or phrases to make them uniquely you.
I mean, how cute are these pups?
To order your copy of the Beginner's Guide to Embroidery visit Immediate Media's subscription page. Happy stitching!