I know that this should be a picture of the book because this post is a book review, but I am so in love with the 'Pincushion Petit Fours' that I made that I just had to show you them first.
I can't bring myself to actually use them as pincushions... haphazardly sticking pins in without looking. I think I'll just let them sit around my sewing room looking pretty.
I am so, so happy that Lark asked me to review Stitched Blooms because it made me fall in love with embroidery again. When I was a little girl my mom taught me to embroider, but I never knew very many stitches or their names. Stitched Blooms contains enough instruction to get a beginner started or to refresh the memory of someone like me.
She covers Fabric and Thread, Tools, Techniques, and of course all of the stitches you need to make 20 projects and over 200 more included motifs.
The hardest part was choosing which project to stitch first. I love these little pom-pom luminaries.
And my daughter Cadie placed an order with me for this dala horse. :)
But of course you see I picked the pin cushions. I have such a weakness for pretty pin cushions. And look... I finally perfected my french knots!
What I love most about Stitched Blooms is that it doesn't contain only hand embroidery patterns... there are templates and instructions for 20 projects (plus the extra motifs). Some projects you get to sew and then embroider. Some you embroider onto purchased items. All of them are simply lovely. And there's a CD that contains full size motifs and templates ready to print. So much inspiration.
So run get Carina's book and create pretty blooms in the middle of winter with me!