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Hi,I am Deepa from Bangalore,India.I juggle between content writing at Agile Labs and teaching computer science at Christ University. Embroidery is my passion and I can spend hours stitching. I  have blogging about my embroidery projects at This and that...my random thoughts for the past 7+ years. Do visit my little space in the blogosphere. Thanks!!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Three-Dimensional Embroidery Stitches by Pat Trott - a Book Review

Today I would like to show you a book I have in my possession.It is a pretty little book and has been making its mark in the world of embroidery since 2005. Here it is..


Like everyone else, I love a good cover - if the cover manages to grab my attention,then the book has to be checked out . Three Dimensional embroidery stitches has been published by Search Press and the author is Pat Trott.

I happened to find this in one of the Indian websites while looking around for embroidery books . The cost seemed to be reasonable (approx 500 Rs with discount) and so I ordered it online. The list price on the book says $17.95. Affordable, me thinks.

Let us see what's inside...

First and foremost - this is a small book - only about 64 pages. The pages are glossy and the photographs are all in color. I assume that the author and the publishers have tried to balance between the price and the quality of the contents.



Like in majority of embroidery books, Pat also starts off by giving a description of the materials needed for the projects in the books. She suggests a variety of threads to bring in texture and dimension to the embroidery. Additionally, she advocates usage of various elements for padding and fabric colors for depth.

Next comes the stitches. Seventeen stitches have been explained with step by step photographs.

The font in these pages are large enough for comfortable reading and each step is explained well.


Then comes the floral sampler. Using the dimensional stitches 13 different flowers have been presented. Those who are well versed with dimensional embroidery may find some of the flowers familiar.

The author also tries to explain the usage of fabric paints for added dimension. I am not sure if it is as simple as it sounds.May be if I attempt one of the projects in the book, I'll get to know where I stand :)

Coming to the projects, what do you think about this one?


or the one below?


Well, the pics above are two of the projects in the book. Good one's aren't they? Along with the seventeen stitches, the author also teaches us how to create dimensional pebbles,rocks and textured tree trunks required for these projects. It is my wish to attempt one of these sometime in future.

Negatives?? Of the seventeen stitches I knew quite a few - almost 13 :). But I've been doing dimensional embroidery for almost 5 years,so that shouldn't be surprising. Beginners and those who want to learn how to create textures and dimension in their embroidery will surely find it useful.

Overall, I am quite happy with this purchase of mine and feel that it is worth every penny I paid for it. What do you think?

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa





11 comments:

meri said...

Hi Deepa!
I have this book as well and like it very much too.
I absolutely agree with your review

Anusuya said...

It's a lovely book...Deepa can you please tell me from which Indian site you buy books..as it's quite hard to trust most sites...

Ninu said...

thats a good review and the book seems worthy!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I've been eyeing this book but have yet to get my hands on a copy to see if I want to add it to my collection so your review is a great help! I will be adding it to my wish list for sure.

shirley said...

the bopok looks great, I dont think I should buy another book, I have so many already, but it is always great to find something n
I stitched a wattle tree and used the raised stem band for the trunk. I also just wrapped some of the smaller branches, and couched the twigs. I did not try to work the stitching perfectly, but randomly and used different threads.
it is on my blog under creative embroidery.
your work is always beautiful Deepa

aracne said...

It is very nice to look at this book through your eyes. The photographs are amazing and also the stitches!

Anne form France said...

Yes, I have this book since 3 years, and it's a good and usefulbook, like your review, thanks( I have forgotten the book and you give feel to take it again!)

Storycloth said...

Yes, I have this book as a favourite too and am always referring to it. The instructions are fantastic. Gilly

viji said...

Where i can get this book at India dear?
viji

Deepa said...

@Anu,
I've mailed you.Hope you've got it.
@viji
I bought it online from rediff when there was a discount.Now I think it costs about 800+ in rediff .If you know Odyssey bookstore you can get it there. Flipkart.com has a good offer of 482/- if you're interested in buying online.

panda said...

thank's for the review. i really want this book...