I was provided with a free e-copy of this text in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Pen & Sword via NetGalley
Floral Embroidery by Teagan Sturmer offers ten gorgeous embroidery projects designed to take you from a beginner through to a proficient embroiderer.
Floral Embroidery is a well structured guide, with stunning photos and a gorgeous, clean, layout.
I loved the introduction to Teagan and her grandmother’s who have been instrumental to her pursuing what she loves: ‘Whatever we do, we must create.’ is a very sweet quote!
Each sampler comes with a Shakespeare quote, so I guess this has to be my new favourite book on embroidery! It’s also left me hoping that one day we might receive a Shakespearian embroidery book from her.
We start with a stitch guide which is one of the best that I’ve seen, and would serve as the perfect introduction to the stitches if you’re a complete beginner. Instead of having to seek out YouTube tutorials, you should be able to get started using just this book.
The sampler shots are delicious, and I’d love each and every one to fill the walls of my house. The instructions that follow each sample are clear, and you’re assisted through the process with work in progress shots. The attention to detail in matching shots to steps is wonderful. It can sometimes be difficult to visualise written instructions, so the photos help to reassure you that you’re on track without being overwhelming. I also loves the ‘extras’ section which provides suggestions for further techniques that could be used to personalise the piece to your tastes.
This text also goes one step further than most guides and comes with pattern sheets to trace. I think that this is one of the best tools for beginners, as having something to follow allows you to understand how shape can impact an entire piece; if your line is slightly off, it can offset the whole design and be extremely frustrating.
My only criticism is that the finishing section felt far too vague, and would have benefited from the inclusion of additional photos to illustrate the steps.
I opted to recreate one of the earlier patterns included in the guide, ‘rosemary sprig arrangement’.
The instructions were, for the most part, straightforward. It definitely helped to have photos that matched up to particular step, but I think at times, the language could have been clearer.
There’s definitely some areas that came out better than others, but it’s been months since I last worked on a piece like this, so I don’t mind too much. I also just used floss that I had to hand, so my colours are a little off and the texture is slightly different to that presented in Floral Embroidery. Cheap thread is definitely better put to use for cross stitching!
Floral Embroidery is due to be published on July 30th 2020. You can pre-order a copy in the UK through most large retailers, however, I would recommend that you reach out to your local bookshop to see if they can order a copy in for you.