The lovely Carina Envoldsen-Harris came up to Edinburgh to teach at the Stitch Gathering last year and at the time she was launching her second embroidery book.
Well now she has published her third! Search Press sent me a copy to review and very kindly offered another copy for me to GIVEAWAY! More on this below…
But first just a quick word about my blog which has migrated to a new WordPress site as part of an ongoing updating of both blog and website. We hope to launch our new class prospectus on the new website this weekend with the rest of the website following next year.
I am feeling my way a little with this first post on the new blog so you may need to ‘bear with’ until I get used to it!
Meanwhile let’s chat about Embroidery Mandalas. I have always had a strong attraction for a kaleidoscopic design within a circle, in fact one of my first exhibition quilts, made over 20 years ago, was called Sun Wheel Mandala. So I was delighted with this book and very keen to try some of the embroideries for myself.
Carina offers 12 large designs and 12 mini designs. Here are some of my favourites. The photos are beautifully styled and there are very comprehensive sections on Materials, Using a Hoop, and really clear instructions for all the stitches used.
She also includes a gallery of ideas for making lovely items with your embroideries.
This would be a great book for a beginner embroiderer as the stitches are quite simple and the designs are really manageable in a few hours, especially those cute little mini hoops.
I especially like the fact that all the designs are printed on transfer paper at the back of the book. You simply iron on to your fabric, grab your threads and start stitching!
There is even a handy flap at the back to store your used patterns as they can be used up to 10 times.
This really would make a lovely gift for a keen embroider. And for £9.99 I think it’s really good value. You can buy a copy here.
I chose this beautiful leafy design to try out (as I am clearly obsessed with leaves!).
But instead of a white background I went for a more muted look and used a Manchester Linen in Taupe.
It was holiday project on a recent trip to Lisbon and I really enjoyed working on this and playing around with the colour palette. I used gorgeous Aurifil 12wt thread throughout and I just love the sheen it gives. Plus there is no mucking around with strands which I really don’t have the patience for. I find that a Clover Straw Milliners needle number 5 works very well with this thread.
I think it would make a wonderful centre for a new Dresden Plate cushion. Or maybe you have a better idea…?
So how would you like to win a copy of this lovely book?
All you need to do is leave a comment below with your suggestion for my embroidery above. What do you think I should do with it?? If you can’t think of anything then why not tell me what you think of my new look blog??!!
Giveaway closes Saturday 9th December at midnight and is open to International entries. As this is now my new WordPress blog I don’t need to remind anyone about leaving an email address if you are a no-reply commenters as you will need to leave your email to comment!
Good luck everyone!