Chief Stitch has reviewed some craft books from Search Press - they all look inviting

Flowers - Lesley Taylor - Ready to Stitch

Flowers Lesley TaylorA beautiful book both for the beginner or an experienced embroiderer. It takes 10 simple embroidery stitches and uses them in different ways to embroider 74 different designs.

ReadytoSewFlowersIn full colour, it is a feast for the eyes. Detailed photography from the DMC threads used, to where to use each colour. Transfers for all the designs are at the back of the book and can be reused. There is also a project section giving lots of ideas where the embroidered flowers can be used from cards to book covers and much more.

For those who love to stitch this is the book for you. If you would like to see an example of one of the projects please click here

Borders & Motifs - Michaela Learner - Ready to Stitch

Borders&MotifsHow 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 can be used on a variety of fabrics.

Instructions are 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 a more experienced embroiderer, this is a must have book. A sample page from this lovely book can be seen here.

The Complete Guide to Hand Sewing and Embellishing - Margaret Rowan

HandSewing&EmbellishingThis book reflects the resurgence in sewing and embroidery. It takes the reader from choosing the right tools and fabrics to reading a dressmaking pattern.

The level of detail is simply fantastic. Close up photography of step by step instructions for each stitch. From types of thread to use and where to use them, to how much fabric do I need for a dress this book has it all.

blind hemmingIt has been written by someone who knows their craft and wants to share their knowledge and skills in as much detail as possible. You can view the full image on the left which shows in great detail how to blind hem - a really useful skill, by clicking here.

Simple Patchwork Gifts - Christa Rolf - Love to Sew

Simple Patchwork GiftsA collection of small patchwork gifts which can be made in a day. Each project clearly shows the level of skill needed to complete each project. A good book for an older child to do on their own or for an adult to make with a younger child. Brightly illustrated - most projects can be made from scraps of fabric. DenimSkirtBagOur current project of the month is take from this book Denim Skirt bag. If you are a member of Young Embroiderers you can access the instructions for this project here.

Hanging Hearts - Rachael Rowe - Love to Sew

Hanging HeartsIt is what the title says - Hanging Hearts. A delightful book of hearts - all shapes and sizes. hangingheartMake a heart for a new baby or one to hang on the Christmas Tree - this book shows you how. My favourite, which would be good for a child to make for a grandparent is a memory heart. You can view the full page in the book showing the heart project (image right) by clicking here.