Doodle Stitching - The Perfect First Embroidery Book
My granddaughter (she's under 10) recently got this fun book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs by Aimee Ray. She shared it with me since her mom and dad don't embroider.
It's not something I do every day either, but I have embroidered in the past, and I must say, this book makes beginning embroidery easy and fun!
First, we opened the book to check out all of the great designs. This book really does contain what it says: doodles to stitch! The book contains doodles in these categories:
- A simple but cool alphabet with upper- and lower-case letters
- Asian Chic with hanging lanterns, fans, and more
- Baby, which has fun designs like baby chicks perfect for bibs, quilts, and tees
- Celebrations with party hats and banners
- Embellishments of the curlicue and scroll type
- Fruits and Veggies, which you guessed it, have fun little doodled food
- Garden Time with cute veggies
- Space with the world, stars, and more
- Trees that are fun and cartoony looking and round and some that are realistic
- Flowers containing simple to complex floral beauties
- Under the Sea with delightful images of sea life
- Weather with some adorable clouds, the sun, and more
- Winged Wonders with birds, butterflies, and moths
- Woodland Creatures and Fairytale containing an adorable raccoon and fairies
I really liked the animals and my granddaughter chose some designs from the Under the Sea section as a beginning project. She traced a mermaid, a sand dollar, a squid, and a shell on to a piece of white cloth. Oh, and her name! This first project will be a handkerchief. After tracing the doodles, it was time to start stitching our doodles!
I helped my granddaughter thread the embroidery needle with embroidery floss and tie a knot in the end. Then we read about the stem stitch in the book because that one is easy and I knew she could handle it, no problem.. Numerous stitches are shown with directions, both written and little illustrations, making it easy to begin stitching right away.
We fitted the embroidery hoop on the fabric that she had traced the images on and she got started. It was good to sit with her and help with tangled thread and making sure she started at the back and all of those little things you just have to do to learn about.
Great Gift Idea
This book would be a great gift for anyone who wants to learn to do embroidery. The projects included in the book give lots of options (gift bags, fabric bowls, and many more) for making actual items to use. The finished projects would make such great gifts for girls (or women) to give, too!
These books are also great options for the embroiderer who needs more designs! The variety of designs that are modern and relaxed will appeal to just about anyone. Well, maybe not stuffy old Aunt Martha. But maybe so!
Watch a video on stitching to see if this is something you'd like to try or to see if this is the right gift.