Reader Digest’s Needlework Book

Posted on Apr 8, 2008


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I’ve been slowly plugging away at my current embroidery project.  It’s nice to have something to keep my hands busy when watching movies.  Since I grabbed this image off the internet, there was no stitch guide to this design.  So what’s a girl to do?  I get out my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework, I got at a yard sale, to pick out stitches I want to use. 

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When they say ‘complete’ they aren’t fooling around.  There are stitches in here that I can’t find on the internet or in any other book.  The pictures and descriptions are easy to understand.  I’ve barely scratched the surface of this book since it also has sections on: Needlepoint, Knitting, Applique, Quilting, Patchwork, Macrame, Crochet, Rug-Making, Lacework.

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I see this book often at Goodwill along with this other staple in my library.  I would recommend either book to anyone.

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How did we survive before computers?  I know I probably wouldn’t have done much embroidery, that’s for sure.  Above is how to do a hot iron transfer of a pattern onto fabric.  The hot transfer lines were permanent, so no room for error.  I gave my water soluble pen a kiss after reading this page.

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This is pure insanity.  Doing math to increase the size of an image?  I am much to lazy to attempt that.  For the design I’m currently working on, I need it to be a very specific size for my project.  I altered the size three times before settling on my final choice.  This took me less than 5 minutes to do.  The steps in this book would take hours.  It made me very happy to look this over and realize that I will never have to do this!

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