Learn simple embroidery techniques and enjoy the joys of hand sewing by Hope Brasfield

Hope Brasfield. Career, $24.99 commercial paper (128p) ISBN 978-0-7603-7770-3

Embroidery is a cinch in this stellar debut from designer Brasfield. Suggesting that craftsmanship can go a long way in tackling daily stresses, Brasfield notes that “embroidery taught me that it’s okay to be imperfect, that it can be healthy to move on. again and that it doesn’t matter if I’m starting with less resources or knowledge than someone else She explains how to use a hoop, transfer a design to fabric, split dental floss and thread a needle (if a needle threader isn’t readily available, a small piece of paper will do) The basic stitch tutorials cover back stitch, stem stitch, and soft blending, and once that readers have stocked up on supplies, they can choose from Brasfield’s 18 projects.There is a simple gold and pink flower that combines with whipped back stitches and seed stitches, a charming strawberry with floral embellishments made with woven rosebud stitch, a intricate sunset scene that uses soft melange and french knots, and a satin goldfish. and split back stitches. Brasfield’s simple language and step-by-step photographs make it a great starting point for those new to the craft. This delicious resource is sure to inspire. (Jan.)