Saturday, April 11, 2015

Reviews of The Needlepoint Book, 2015 Edition UPDATED A LOT

The advance copies of Jo I. Christensen's updated version of The Needlepoint Book are starting to arrive at selected shops' and lucky bloggers' doors.  Here is what Sue has to say.

Needle in a Haystack in California got an advanced copy also.

Randi of The World in Stitches has been writing down thoughts on Facebook as she reads through her advance copy.  If you have an account, check this out.

As other folks write about the book, I'll update this article.  (No, I haven't been sent an advanced copy although it is very flattering that folks think I might be important enough to get one.)


Janet Perry also got a review copy and here are her preliminary thoughts.

Here is Janet's expanded review.

Sheena does a compact but thorough review of what you'll find between the covers of the book.

Kathy at the Unbroken Thread talks at length about the "Choosing Stitches" chapter in the book.

Liz Morrow of LizArt loves hers!

Gay Ann Rogers added a mini review to her home page.  Since she changes her website a lot, this is likely to disappear soon so make sure you check it out quickly. loves the eBook and hard copy for different reasons.

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Stumpwork Embroidery (A Book Review)

Mary Corbet is back with a new book review, this time of Kay and Michael Dennis' new book, Stumpwork Embroidery. Kay Dennis and her husband have been publishing books on stumpwork for quite a while now and this big book is a sort of compilation of all their others.  (So if you own other books by this talented pair, you probably can skip this one unless you are a Major Fan of their work.)

Here is their website.  You can buy their books here or just gaze at the wonderful stumpwork embroidery.  Don't miss the Amazon Adventure jungle piece!  If you happen to be in England, you can sign up for classes, too.

If you are thinking of getting a stumpwork book and don't know which one, here is Mary's review of Jane Nichols' Stumpwork Embroidery.  You can see how her style is more formal than the Dennis couple's.  I own several of Jane Nichols' books and they are fabulous but I think Kay Dennis does better people. Jane is more interested in insects and flowers.

Jane's Butterflies and Moths book will blow your socks off! (second link)

I guess Jane Nichols' work is more reminiscent of 17th Century stumpwork while Kay Dennis' designs are more modern in feel.  It's up to you which book you pick for stumpwork but anything by either author will be a great addition to your library.

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Need a Carrot Nose?

Linda posted on Facebook that this Etsy shop will make custom carrot buttons for folks who need a specific size for their snowman (or snowmen) canvases.  You will have to talk to the Etsy shop owner at UniquelyYoursCrafts and explain precisely what you want.  Read the explanation under the photo of these little craft carrots for details.

Thanks for the tip, Linda!

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