Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review---The Embroidery of Roses

If you are the one who loves to embroider your home, then you will surely like the book "The Embroidery of Roses" published by Ondori publishers.

The cover of the book itself looks lovely.

The book is divided into four sections: Roses in the World, Roses-Roses: Classic Roses, Roses-Roses: Surrounded by Sweet Roses, Roses in Lettering.

There are 143 pages in the book. Pages 1-56 contain the color images of the embroidered pieces, and Pages 57-143 contain the patterns with clear instructions on the choice of fabric, thread colors, and stitches to be used. There are almost 62 embroidery and cross-stitch patterns that you can use on your tablecloths, runners, pillows, center pieces, doilies, lampshades, album covers, jewelry boxes, bags, bedspreads, piano covers, tray mats, luncheon mats, rugs, and even slippers.

Below is the decorative pattern I am embroidering on the doily.

For those who love patterns with roses, this book would definitely be a visual treat. Of course, most Japanese craft books are visually appealing. Though the theme of this book is "roses," there are different types of rose patterns. No pattern looks the same.There are applique, cutwork, and white work projects too.

I liked one particular pattern which is embroidered in black on a white fabric and mounted on a frame. There is also a lovely rose bookmark done in soft shading.

I am not sure you can get this book from Amazon.com. However, if you google for Ondori, you may find some Web sites that sell this book. Also you can find this book at this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ondori-Embroidery-Roses-Publishing-Company/dp/0870404881

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