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Ready to Stitch


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Table of Contents

What you need
Stitches used
Transferring the designs
Using an embroidery hoop
The samplers
The projects
The transfers

About the Author

Michaela Learner has worked as a freelance embroiderer, needlecrafter and designer for many years. A practitioner of surface stitching, she uses a range of decorative techniques including freestyle stitchery, blackwork, hardanger, cross stitch and pulled thread work. She writes articles for magazines and part works, and is one of the designers for the leading embroidery-thread manufacturer DMC. Michaela lives in Cardiff. Find more of Michaela's work on her Facebook page, Cross Stitching Guild


With 84 beautiful designs this is the ideal book to improve your embroidery skills..

The designs can also be coloured with fabric pens, buttons, ribbons and sequins can be used as embellishments, but what's more is that whether you are a beginner or an advanced stitcher there is something for everyone.

The 32 samples that are showcased, all include a DMC thread colour chart. Each stitch is described and a demonstration section using visual and wording is easy to understand.

Transferring the designs is simple, just a hot iron held down over the template will give a clear defined image. These designs can be used several times.

The projects are adorable, bunting, bags and Christmas cards, but the possibilities are endless. All you need is a little imagination and some thread.

This is a wonderful book. The designs are all good sizes, so every need can be catered for. You can even trace around the designs if you don't want to cut up your book.

It would make a gorgeous gift and is 'sew' much fun.

-- Tracy Shephard * Postcard Reviews *

June 2016

This is a fantastic bok that contains 32 classic embroidery designs so that you can give your clothes and accessories a touch of handmade style. Chose from one of the beautiful stitched samplers on offer, and transfer the deisng on to your item using the iron on transfers supplied at the end of the book. Michaela has also stitched up many of the samples in more than one way, using different coloured threads and stitches to show you how you can vary the different designs and create your own look. There's also an inspiring projects section to give you even more ideas.

* Love to Make *

June/July 2015

Oceanic motifs in this eclectic collection include a pair of fish - fabulous for anywhere you want to add an aquatic note, such as a border on bathroom curtains or a central image on an apron for a cook keen on seafood. The scroll and wave bored are also ideally suited for marine inspired settings and garments. The book includes iron-on transfers of 84 designs. The transfers can be used several times and of course you can also trace them off or scan them for endless re-use. DMC threads are specified by colour, making precise reproduction of the images even simpler. Although just ten stitches are used throughout, the results are diverse and full of pattern and texture, showing just how much variety can be achieved with a limited stitch repertoire. Stitched these designs can be as speedy or leisurely as you wish. A simple stitched motif even a small amount of detailing, such as a block of satin stitch to highlight the fills on an outlined fish, and a few French knots to suggest texture, are all you need to produce some striking work.

* Stitch *

July 14

Learn how to decorate plainweave fabrics with decorative stitches with this new book from Michaela Learner. Borders & Motifs features a vast collection of motifs and patterns that can enliven household linens, clothing and much more. The designs range in theme from flowers, hearts and fish to fairies and flounces which are all formed using basic embroidery stitches. These stitches are fully explained in the front of the book, and each motif has a diagram and DMC thread listing. The designs are presented as re-usable iron transfers and once cut out the pages can be stored in the pocket in the back cover.


July 14

Another stunning new title in the Ready to Stitch series. Michaela presents 32 designs suitable for embellishing clothing and accessories, using just 10 simple stitches. Transfers for all designs are included and with detailed instructions accompanied by beautiful photographs, the embroiderer can achieve pleasing and individual results.

* East Kent Embroiderer's Guild *

July 2015

These books are part of the `Ready to Stitch' series and focus on hand-stitching techniques. They use the same ten simple embroidery stitches as a basis for all the patterns and projects included. Utilised in slightly different ways, both books follow the same format - an introduction to the stitches, preparations for stitch, step-by-step instructions on how to tackle the 32 designs (in each book) and a number of projects. In each, there is a colour pattern with details of the threads used.

These will appeal to more traditional stitchers, particularly the Flowers book, which has a `needlework' feel to it. The Borders and Motifs book seems more modern, which might be due to bolder colour choices in the palettes. Further, the designs are not as restricted as the Flower book with funky heart designs, butterflies, fish and trees to name a few, so you will find more variety in Borders and Motifs. What is very appealing in both books is the addition of reusable iron-on transfers. You can detach the pages (a handy sleeve is incorporated into the cover so you can keep them safe) and use them up to ten times. This gives great opportunities for mixing and matching the patterns. I have used one of the Borders and Motifs patterns in the Product reviews in this issue. Even if you are not a dedicated hand-stitcher, there is much in these books for you to take further and experiment with.

* Workshop on the Web/Quilt WOB *

September 2014

How many times have we looked for a border or motif to finish a project only to find we can' t just find what we are looking for. Look no longer. This beautifully illustrated book takes you from step one to pages of inspiration on how the borders and motifs that can be used on a variety of fabrics. Instructions care clear and detailed. There are transfers for 32 core designs in full colour using DMC threads with details of the thread colours used. Whether you are a beginner to embroidery or are a more experienced embroiderer this is a must have book.

* Young Embroiderers *

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