I'm so excited about today's books! I've been really drawn to embroidery lately and I have plans to do some projects this next year so these books have been both inspiring and helpful.
As far as craft books go, this one is definitely unexpected! As the author describes, "[t]he unconventional embroiderers profiled in this book include conceptual artists, guerrilla stitchers, manbroiderers, a horror-movie fiend, a beatbox celebrity, young feminists, abstractionists, an attendee of the Royal School of Needlework, and even an anarchists or two." So yeah, this isn't your typical embroidery book, it's a bit of a rebel. Oh, and it's really big too (like 400 pages)!!!
This book covers the evolution of embroidery, tools & materials, stitches, free-form work, graphic design embroidery, finishing techniques, resources, and much, much more. It has tons of projects in it with detailed instructions on how to recreate it and includes the patterns. It's pretty amazing!
For more information about this book, or to purchase it check it out on Amazon here .
I love the way this book is set up. While it's a hardcover book, it has a spiral binding so it lays flat which is great when you're trying to learn something out of a book. Also, on the inside front cover is a pocket that contains all the patterns used in the book. And it also has a fantastic practice stitch card in the center of the book that you can remove and practice on. Love it!
This book contains so many awesome photos and graphics that it makes for very clear instructions. Part one of the book teaches you how to do all the basics, part two shows you how to put those skills to work to create projects. The projects are for beginners to advanced beginners. It's a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn to embroider.
For more information about this book, or to purchase it check it out on Amazon here
And now another giveaway!
One copy of Hoopla:The Art of Unexpected Embroidery will be given away!
To enter to win Hoopla:The Art of Unexpected Embroidery....comment below and I'll randomly pull a winner for this book on Sunday, 12/4/2011 and the winner will be promptly emailed. An alternate winner will be chosen if the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours. Open to USA residents only.
This post is now closed...winner announced here.
Disclaimer: Arsenal Pulp Press is providing the prize for this promotion at no cost to me. Prize fulfillment will be done by Arsenal Pulp Press I will provide them with the winner's name, postal address, and email address. I received a review copy of these books from Workman Publishing and Arsenal Pulp Press.