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Book Giveaway: Stitch-Opedia

Jul 06, 2010
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Embroidery adds something beautiful to any project, but can be a bit of an overwhelming task for a beginner. Helen Winthorpe Kendrick’s Stitch-opedia is a complete guide to embroidery techniques. 


Stitch-opedia details hundreds of embroidery stitches and techniques. The stitches are sorted into categories for easy reference, and each is detailed with beautiful color photographs and diagrams. Stitch-opedia explains the equipment, techniques and stitches for basic embroidery motifs and is a wonderful go-to reference for any embroiderer. The book also contains a collection of motifs that can be either copied or transfered to fabric for embroidery design. 


As someone that knows almost nothing about hand embroidery, I found this book to be a wonderful guide to basic embroidery stitches. There are a lot of techniques out there, and Stitch-opedia is a great reference for learning them. 


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  1. User avater DKMC September 20th

    Added Avatar...Like it? Hand crocheted from an old pattern book publish in 1957 using a matte cotton thread, the unmercerized type. I LOVE Threads and hand dabbled in lots of types of needlework over the years; started embroidering at age 6, started crocheting at age 8, been sewing since I was 14, discovered cross-stitching in the early 1980's, started quilting in my early 20's, done a little needlepoint, stenciling, latch-hooking, and finaly learned to knit about 5-6 years ago. What should I try next, tatting? or weaving?

  2. Alisia October 17th

    Hi Threads,
    Many years ago I learned needle work from my dear grandmother who just past September a year ago. I was very lucky to be with her for 48 years. She tought me alot the old fashion way. And now that I have see the book looks like I need to catch up. I am disabled and need to do something with my hand to keep me busy. So I would be very greatful for the book. Just found a couple of patterns last night to put on pillow cases to do for my parent 50th Anniversary.
    Thank you for the opportunaty to win this book.

  3. hotstc September 21st

    Wow, this book looks fantastic. I do hand and machine embroidery and am excited to see this book. There are so many books out there but not very many good ones.

  4. kskomer August 7th

    Looks like a great book. I don't have good embroidery skills but this book looks like I could improve.

  5. Bre22 July 30th

    This would be a really great addition for my library. Hope I win. :)

  6. User avater Sneddy July 18th

    Used to do a lot of embroidery as a kid and would love to get back into it again. Remember those embroidered denium work shirts? Great fun.

  7. User avater Sneddy July 18th

    Used to do a lot of embroidery as a kid and would love to get back into it again. Remember those embroidered denium work shirts? Great fun.

  8. User avater eeamende July 13th

    This book looks pretty sweet. I love the umbrellas. So cute. I've been trying to get more into hand embroidery and a book like this might help me along my way.

  9. User avater LadyRay July 13th

    I love all handwork. This would be a wonderful addition to my library!!!

  10. User avater ShiningStar July 12th

    I'm just learning this craft. This book will come in handy.

  11. User avater maptome July 12th

    would love to get my hands on this book.

  12. User avater NinaC July 11th

    Me me me, please! I'd love to have this book!

  13. User avater Katys_Mom July 10th

    Looks great!
    Thanks, Threads.

  14. User avater Luxiraj July 10th

    I have been yearning to learn embroidery for long. This book could just be the right impetus to it.

  15. upreti99 July 9th

    this book looks awesome! i'm feeling lucky!

  16. User avater mic42 July 9th

    The internet is a great resource but there's nothing like a good reference book!

  17. User avater Ashford July 8th

    I want to learn to sew clothing that expresses my personality and I like crafts that are done by hand using simple tools. Learning how to embroider would meet both criteria.

    I learn many things from web sites, such as Threads; but nothing replaces a good reference book for quick access and repeated use.

  18. User avater annielizabeth July 8th

    Hi, I would love to have this reference book. I've been wanting to embellish a jacket with embroidery and have needed a good book with stitches I could follow so it would turn out professional looking.

  19. User avater Kstana July 8th

    I'd love to have an modern version of stitch guides.

  20. User avater CndFrnd July 7th

    I've been looking at this book, I'd love to win it!

  21. User avater annenet July 7th

    I'm an avid Threads reader - have the DVD and also a lot of the issues, early ones thanks to my Mother in Law downsizing. This book looks great! It would kick up my creativity a big notch!

  22. User avater cindy_sews July 6th

    I love hand work, and I would love to have this book. Thanks for the review. I would have probably never know about this book otherwise.

  23. User avater bluepenguin July 6th

    This book looks great!

  24. User avater Jookie July 6th

    I would love to have a nice stitch encyclopaedia!

  25. User avater LauPre July 6th

    Oh man! this book is awesome. I borrowed it from the library and have been dreading the due date! I've got to add this one to my bookshelf.

  26. User avater Balazs July 6th

    I love threads!

  27. User avater AdelaideB July 6th

    This bok looks amazing!

  28. User avater WillaMcNeill July 6th

    Have enjoyed Threads for years.

    Would love to have this book. I picture a Harris Tweed jacket (that was my husband's years and pounds ago) with silk ribbon embroidery for my daughter! This should help.


  29. User avater littleblackpot July 6th

    I love embroidery! As much as I love it, I get stuck in the same ol' routine of simple stitches. This book would be the bomb to get me out of the rut!

  30. jacesgrammie July 6th

    THREADS is the only magazine I get and I always read every bit of it. I received the DVD collection for my birthday and have started to reread them all over again.

  31. User avater PeanutBudder July 6th

    Hi there!
    I just made this awesome skirt from a pair of wicked striped jeans found at a consignment store. I love butterflies, and with those crazy colours I couldn't resist adding a pair of them to the center panel of the skirt.

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