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A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas [Paperback]

Agnes Delage-Calvet , Anne Sohier-Fournel , Muriel Brunet , Francoise Ritz , Frederic Lucano
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Book Description

Oct. 20 2009
A Rainbow of Stitches is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one go-to reference. Begin by choosing a motif from this extensive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses. The "Get Stitching" section gives you the basics you need to get started, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs. Each of the following sections, which are arranged by color–fresh greens, pretty pinks, timeless blues, rich reds, and elegant white and taupe–presents ideas for embroidering motifs in single colors, showing how much can be achieved with just one color of embroidery floss on a plain background. Includes more than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.

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AGNÉS DELAGE-CALVET, ANNE SOHIER-FOURNEL, MURIEL BRUNET, and FRANÇOISE RITZ are lifelong needlearts enthusiasts and experienced teachers of embroidery and other fiber crafts.

FRÉDÉRIC LUCANO is a professional photographer specializing in fashion and home décor.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many photos instead of designs Feb. 10 2010
Because I do cross stitch but not embroidery, I was hesitant to buy this book sight unseen. Took a chance and was a bit disappointed, not in the designs themselves but in the number of pages given over to photos rather than designs. The book is more than 240 pages, broken down roughly as follows: Instructions 6 pages; Cross stitch patterns 66 pages; Embroidery patterns 58 pages; photos of completed projects, with one photo of one project per page,101 pages. I could have done with LOTS fewer photos, or perhaps 4 small project photos per page. Use the extra pages for more patterns, or cut down on the size of the book. I'm not a good judge of embroidery, but there seems to be a variety of designs. I will most likely try some embroidery, but the instructions for transferring patterns are very minimal, so I would probably need to find out more first from another source. Overall, while the patterns are interesting, I personally would not have bought this book if I had seen it in a bricks and mortar store.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Motifs but little instruction Jan. 25 2010
By Alison - Published on Amazon.com
First off - I think this is a great resource for the experienced crafter. I enjoyed it a lot and will use some of the motifs. However there are numerous pictures of household items - pillowcases, aprons, etc. - shown with cross stitched motifs. No discussion is present on how to do counted work on an uncounted fabric. No mention of stitching over linen and removing the threads, nor of using waste canvas. I think this would not be too helpful for the novice stitcher.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Jan. 27 2010
By MidwestMom - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book! I both embroider and cross stitch, and for me this book is like a dream come true. This book is both a cross stitch and embroidery book that is divided into sections based on a single color (green, pink, red, blue, white/taupe). Each section starts off with beautiful photos of project ideas, and is followed by motifs used in those projects as well as others. Each project is worked in a single color thread on a simple background, which makes for a very modern and fun effect. I would say that the ratio of cross stitch to embroidery motifs is fairly even. The motifs are very diverse, some are vintage looking, some are very modern and fun.

Some caveats about this book: the how-to section is very sparse, so if you are new to stitching I would suggest a more comprehensive book from which to learn; there are not any directions for any of the "projects" .. the photos are meant to serve as ideas for projects, rather than full directions. Lastly, the book is not spiral bound, which is something that I really feel all craft books should be.

I gotta say though...I own A LOT of craft books, and this is by far one of my favorites. It reminds me of the beautiful books that you can import from Japan with the high quality paper, and gorgeous photos...that is what this book is like. There really are very few designs in here that I don't like... I really like the majority of them...and there are A LOT.

Really an excellant book!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! Oct. 24 2009
By E. Dempsey - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I buy lots of sewing, knitting, and embroidery books and this is by far the best one I've bought in quite a while. The designs are unique and unusual, not the boring, outdated, typical geese, teddy bears, etc. that are usually found in embroidery/cross-stitch books. The designs are whimsical and delightful, I can't wait to get started on them. The photographs are beautiful throughout the book, there are full charts and ideas for stitching on all sorts of things. A very creative, inspiring book. Every page is a delight!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rainbow of Stitches Jan. 8 2010
By P. M. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nice book. I love the cross stitch patterns and embroidery motifs. The only thing I was unhappy about, is that most of the patterns need to be enlarged in order to use them.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stitchery Patterns + Ideas For Projects Jan. 25 2010
By Christina Lane - Published on Amazon.com
This book had so many wonderful stitchery patterns from embroidery to cross stitch. Each sections is full of so much inspiration for projects of your own. I would say this book is more for the advanced stitcher and sewist as the instructions are just kept to the basics and quickly covered - which I really appreciate as I want more pages dedicated to the meat of the book. The photos are beautifully done giving you lots of ideas on how you can incorporate your embroidery into projects. The projects shown are not given with instructions to make, but more as a jumping off point for you to add to existing items or to sew up yourself. If you like a craft book that is inspiration and a great piece of eye candy (as well as useful) then this is the book for you.
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