Clare Albans. Due out 30th Aug 2020 from Pen & Sword on their White Owl imprint, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.
I enjoyed this book. The pictures are all very clear and colorful,
the projects are well designed and appealing, and the text is upbeat and
encouraging. The introduction includes a discussion of tools, supplies, and basic techniques.
The bulk of the book is taken up by the 24 (by my count) projects. The
projects themselves are varied and attractive, from embroidered hoop-framed sayings, banners, an embroidered patchwork bag, and more. Most all of the projects could certainly be easily
adapted to other finishes. All of the templates are included. Each
tutorial contains an introduction, materials list (nothing too exotic or
difficult to source), and step by step photo tutorials from start to
finish. Tips and alternative finishes are included in the tutorials. The book also includes a supplies and links list (but no index).
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. I really love the breezy and sweet style, and the quirky comfortable
Beautiful projects. Four stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.