Doodle Stitching, The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray
You know what’s awesome? Aimee Ray’s new book Doodle Stitching, the Motif Collection. When I first started my blog I reviewed Aimee’s original book, Doodle Stitching. What I love about this book is that her designs made you want to stitch. Her new book continues this tradition by giving you all kinds of projects and embroidery designs that will inspire you to create.
First of all, for you beginners, Doodle Stitching, the Motif Collection, starts by filling you in on tools, materials, pattern transfer methods and embroidery stitches. This book also covers basic applique and hand sewing techniques. All of this is to get you going on the projects.
Let me be honest, I do not make functional items, and I have trouble using a sewing machine. In reading over all the projects in Doodle Stitching I could tell that even with my skills I would have no trouble creating all of the projects in this book (and I could probably do it with little to no cussing, too). I particularly liked the projects where you embroider onto existing items, like the Sweet Baby Bodysuits, Farmer’s Market Tote Bag and the Hooped-Framed Embroidery Art. Those are my kind of projects.
My absolute favorite project is the Soft Sculpture Trio. The Soft Sculpture Trio is freakishly cute and has a detachable squirrel and bird. I mean, OH my God, detachable squirrel and bird! There is also a neat idea on making little tree leafs that I had never seen before, but frankly I can’t get over the detachable squirrel and bird.
What do embroiders really want? Artwork! Doodle Stitching has 400 embroidery designs in this book. They are grouped under headings like Baby, Farm Animals, and Woodland Animal. Since Aimee is a great artist these designs are really good. Her images are clean, simple and ever so cute. In the back of the book is a CD with all of Aimee’s designs so that you can load them onto your computer and arrange them as you like.
I just know in the next few months I’m going to be adding some Doodle Stitching inspired stitchery to my Stitched by Hand Flickr group!
Thanks to Aimee you could have a chance to win her new book, Doodle Stitching, the Motiff Collection! Leave a your name in the comment section of this post by Nov. 23 at 12:00 am. I will put everyones name into a hat and let my husband pull out a name of the winner. The name will be posted on November 24th, 2010. Good Luck!
Want to know more about Aimee Ray, aka Merwing, and her book? Check out these links:
Aimee’s Web site- http://www.dreamfollow.com/
Aimess’s books – http://www.dreamfollow.com/book.html
Aimee’s Blog – http://littledeartracks.blogspot.com/
Etsy store – www.littledear.etsy.com
Artfire Store – http://www.artfire.com/users/littledear
Fickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwing/