First Time Embroidery and Cross-Stitch

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide – Learn By Doing * Step-by-Step Basics + Projects

by Linda Wyszynski

Publisher’s Description:

Learning how to embroider and cross stitch has never been simpler! Like having a personal instructor at your side, this beginner’s guide teaches everything you need to know about a variety of hand stitching techniques.

This beginner’s guide, by embroidery professional Linda Wyszynski, uses easy-to-follow, photo-illustrated instruction to teach you the basics of classic embroidery, crewel, and cross-stitch techniques. In no time, you can use these methods to create beautiful, personalized designs.

After a review of equipment and supplies, fabrics, threads, patterns, and stitching basics, jump right in with these step-by-step projects:

  • Creative embroidery – Embroidered Jacket Collar and Embellished Pillow Case
  • Crewel – Paisleys and Pearls Pillow and Touch of Gold Fedora Hat
  • Cross-Stitch – Violet Blossoms Candle Band and Springtime Journal

There’s a first time for everything. Enjoy the journey and achieve success with First Time Embroidery and Cross-Stitch.

Each book in the First Time series distills how-to guidance and advice from an expert on a specific topic into targeted step-by-step instruction geared toward the absolute beginner.

First time embroidery table of contents and photo of embroidered work
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Reader review:

It’s nice to see embroidery and other fiber crafts enjoying a renaissance of sorts. In times past, people would learn these skills as a matter of necessity, handed down from generation to generation in the family. That’s no longer true, so crafters must turn to other sources of instruction. The internet (youtube, ravelry, et.al.) and social media are a good sources of instruction, but for not -strictly-visual learners like me, books are still vital. I learn better if I have a book sitting in front of me and if I don’t feel like I constantly have to pause the video to figure out what I’m doing.

These first time learner guides are formatted attractively and logically. The photography is stellar across the series and this one is no exception. The concepts, tools and terminology are shown simply and understandably.

About 30% of the page content is used in the introductory and starting chapters. The author covers tools, supplies including fabric, scissors, needles, fibers and more, charts diagrams and patterns, transferring patterns, stabilizers, and a basic introduction to fabric preparation and surface embroidery.

The next three chapters cover surface embroidery, crewel, and cross stitch. All of the stitching chapters have project tutorials. The stitch diagrams are clear and well photographed. It would definitely be possible to learn to do the stitches with the instructions in the book. It’s helpful to have a stitcher friend to consult, of course, but it’s not absolutely necessary, and a total beginner could do the projects in these chapters without any other resources. The projects themselves are attractive. They include embroidery embellishments on clothing, soft furnishings (pillows), a cross stitched candle band and an embellished journal cover.

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