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Asian-inspired lampshades embellished with flying fish.
Canvas sneakers decorated with pink and white swirls. A pretty pillow
adorned with a sleeping bunny, sweetly curled up. All it takes to create
these appealing projects—or add charming embroidered touches in
no time at all—are a few simple stitches, some easy techniques,
and the nearly 30 projects in this book. Begin by learning several
styles for outlining, filling, decorating, and appliqué. Find out
about floss, fancy threads, fabrics, and needles. Get the scoop on
hoops, and the lowdown on transferring your very own designs onto every
type of fabric. The fresh ideas, witty patterns, and clever color
illustrations take stitchers from novice to accomplished in a blink of
the eye!

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Reviews for Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners:

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Jan 11, 2009

My favorite craft book of the past few months. I bought it for my nieces, and then bought it for myself. For some reason, I never realized embroidery could be so free-form. It's a cool craft that requires very few supplies/room/instruction, and I'm enjoying it. The Sublime Stitching books left me cold- the patterns were so 50's "hip" that they were really boring to me. Doodle Stitching is a silly name, but this book reveals that you don't need a pattern to embroider! That being said, the My favorite craft book of the past few months. I bought it for my nieces, and then bought it for myself. For some reason, I never realized embroidery could be so free-form. It's a cool craft that requires very few supplies/room/instruction, and I'm enjoying it. The Sublime Stitching books left me cold- the patterns were so 50's "hip" that they were really boring to me. Doodle Stitching is a silly name, but this book reveals that you don't need a pattern to embroider! That being said, the projects and patterns included are cute and approachable. ...more
5

Mar 24, 2008

This book is pretty nifty. Ray gives you templates for a bunch of projects, but the spirit behind it is really to encourage you to "doodle" your own designs. Ray's artwork and embroidery are very pretty (although she has a very specific style and the designs never deviate far from it), and she has great ideas and patterns for creations you can embellish -- sleep masks, book marks, lampshades, etc. The stitch diagrams and photographs are really clear and useful, too. There's a lot of inspiration This book is pretty nifty. Ray gives you templates for a bunch of projects, but the spirit behind it is really to encourage you to "doodle" your own designs. Ray's artwork and embroidery are very pretty (although she has a very specific style and the designs never deviate far from it), and she has great ideas and patterns for creations you can embellish -- sleep masks, book marks, lampshades, etc. The stitch diagrams and photographs are really clear and useful, too. There's a lot of inspiration here for those who'd like to design their own creations ... or if you like Ray's style, you could stitch for quite a while and embellish all your worldly goods with little birds and paisleys and curly tendrils.

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Feb 20, 2008

Skimmed the book in the bookstore. No patterns/instructions for the elaborate doodles shown on the cover. Some simpler patterns/instructions are given (the paisleys were my favorite). The author mentions keeping a doodle sketch book and translating those doodles to stitches. Cute book, but the long term benefit seemed minimal.
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Apr 18, 2011

I'm glad this book was half off because it wasn't what I expected and I wouldn't have wanted to pay full price for it. It's an okay book, but if I didn't already know a little about embroidery this book wouldn't have helped me at all despite it claiming it's for the beginner.

Like many people have mentioned in their reviews, nothing you see on the cover except for the little bird by the author's name is in the book. Ray encourages readers to get creative and stitch like they're doodling, and yet I'm glad this book was half off because it wasn't what I expected and I wouldn't have wanted to pay full price for it. It's an okay book, but if I didn't already know a little about embroidery this book wouldn't have helped me at all despite it claiming it's for the beginner.

Like many people have mentioned in their reviews, nothing you see on the cover except for the little bird by the author's name is in the book. Ray encourages readers to get creative and stitch like they're doodling, and yet none of the projects are doodle projects like the piece on the cover.

The photos are very nice, but there need to be more. Having one photo of a finished stitch and one illustration of how to do a stitch isn't enough. The only step-by-step the reader gets is via text and often it's very confusing. Multiple photos would definitely help.

Additionally, the explanation of the stitches is lacking extra instruction. For example, the book shows how to create a Scallop Stitch but then doesn't explain where to start the next stitch nor how to create the look shown in the example. It felt like many of the stitches were given the least amount of instruction possible and then left hanging. Seeing that this is a beginner book, that seems silly to me. Much more detailed and instructional tutorials for these stitches can easily be found for free on the internet.
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Mar 03, 2008

Easy to follow instructions. Especially good for beginners and people like me who prefer the "coloring outside of the lines" type of philosophy when it comes to crafting.
5

Jul 23, 2008

LOVED this book! So good that I am going to BUY it next month! Really great for inspiration. The projects were ok, but the stitching designs were absolutely fun and easy to adapt to where you want to use them.
4

Jun 08, 2010

Really simple, easy to follow instructions. Some very cute projects, but she doesn't give the instructions for my favorite ones which are pictured throughout the book. Maybe I have to check out her website?
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Dec 06, 2008

I've been embroidering for years, but I still was able to pick up some ideas from this book (like using crayons to color in designs). I think its a good reference for both amateurs and skilled embroiderers.
5

Mar 13, 2008

This book is so adorably photographed that you want to make every single project in here. I personally am going to make every single project in here, including the embroidered Converse that were so stinking cute...I cannot wait to look down and see them on my own two feet.
4

May 15, 2011

Something else for me to become obsessed with! Ray wrote in a very easy, straight forward manner, in which newbies to the embroidery world would be able to comprehend. Even started a few projects from her stitching guides and ideas!
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Jan 31, 2012

Meh.
I like her style of embroidery, but not the projects. I'd be more interested in reading HOW to doodle with stitches, or how to turn my doodles into embroidery.
Anyone know of a book that does that?
5

Aug 10, 2013

This is such an awesome book! I have never seen a large variety of embroidery stitches explained so well. The photos and illustrations were simple enough for a beginner, which is good because I only knew two stitches before getting this from the library. The biggest bonus is that I have finally mastered the french knot!! Definitely recommend for novices and beyond.
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Nov 11, 2009

I love this book. I've always loved doodling stuff very much like the embroidery for the projects in this book.
So...now that I've been having so much fun with embroidery and stitching lately, this book is perfect for me. Giving me permission to think outside the traditional stitching box and expand my crafting horizons.
4

Jan 07, 2009

This was a fun, fast read with easy projects. The funny thing about this author is I saw the book and really liked the style of her doodles so ordered it from Amazon... After it arrived I realized this was an artist who I had downloaded some screen-savers from online about 2 years ago and had really loved her work. Funny how certain likes don't change that much over time....
4

Jan 24, 2010

Great book - very clear & helpful diagrams on how to do each stitch. I also found it very helpful as a means of inspiring your own style or patterns rather thanl just giving your theirs. Most embroidery books are old-fashioned granny stuff that is not appealing to me. However, this is a fresh perspective of a centuries old past-time.
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Dec 27, 2007

I thought the project ideas in this book were only so-so (sew, sew?), but, if I were a beginner, I probably would have given the stitching diagrams 5 stars - these are some of the best stitch diagrams I've seen!

Overall, I'm glad I received this as a gift, because I like Aimee's aesthetic, and I can share it with new embroiderers. But I'm not sure I'll get much use out of it other than that.
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May 08, 2012

I've always found cross-stitching or embroidery kind of boring, but this book takes more of a free-hand approach which I find very appealing. I also like the patterns provided. The instructions are very simple and easy to understand, and resources have been provided if you want to duplicate the author's examples to the letter.
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Jul 07, 2008

A great book for embroidery inspiration; however, I don't think I'll make many of the projects. Great, easy-to-follow directions for stitches.

The cutest embroidered things in the book don't have instructions - the gnome in the stitching instruction pages, the cat-thing at the end of the book. I made my own gnome using the photo as a guide pretty easily, though. (He's really cute.)

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Nov 22, 2013

No where near the excitement of Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, but a fun read still. The "No-Peeking Eye Mask" is downright terrifying, and as a beginner in embroidery, it is not immediately clear how I would actually get the patterns out of the book and onto a project yet. However, this book is inspiring and makes me want to get started.
4

Nov 01, 2008

Very clear, inspiration book. Since I already know how to embroider and I always use my own patterns, this book wasn't very useful to me. But I loved her project ideas and the instruction and stitching diagrams were really well done. I would recommend it to someone new to embroidery who is looking to branch out from store bought transfers.
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Feb 11, 2011

A great book on freestyle embroidery. The designs are great, but the author also encourages you to try "doodling" and creating your own designs. The instructions for the stitches look good. Each project lists the needed stitches, so you can choose based on stitches you are comfortable with. The diagrams are clearly marked. I especially like how some of the projects are unusual medium: a lampshade, sneakers, etc. Great inspiration!
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Mar 19, 2009

Adult nonfiction; embroidery/sewing. Another embroidery primer that encourages modern girls to take up this lost art. The cover illustration is perhaps the best part of the book--the technique instruction is good but many of the projects themselves are uninspiring (and often not very attractively packaged). I would recommend Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching instead.
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Mar 12, 2015

Calling all embroidery lovers! Aimee Ray’s Doodle-stitching: fresh & fun embroidery for beginners offers an upbeat contemporary take on embroidery. It’s all here from basic stitches, to threads, needles and how to transfer patterns. All beautifully illustrated. Aimee shares some wonderful and whimsical ideas on how to create fun projects from café aprons, to headbands, bookmarks to zen lampshades that will inspire you and leave you itching to grab needle and thread!

-Amy O.
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Mar 24, 2014

Let me just say: I am NOT a crafter. I'm notoriously unskilled at things like knitting and origami. So I'm not sure what made me think I might have any hope of learning hand embroidery-- but you know what? This book makes it easy! The clear introduction to the basic stitches had me well on my way within hours of picking up the book. I have a long way to go before I can say I'm actually "good" at hand embroidery, but this book makes the craft approachable and easy to learn. I've become Let me just say: I am NOT a crafter. I'm notoriously unskilled at things like knitting and origami. So I'm not sure what made me think I might have any hope of learning hand embroidery-- but you know what? This book makes it easy! The clear introduction to the basic stitches had me well on my way within hours of picking up the book. I have a long way to go before I can say I'm actually "good" at hand embroidery, but this book makes the craft approachable and easy to learn. I've become comfortable and confident with several kinds of stitches, and am looking forward to trying the very cute patterns included in this book. ...more
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Mar 06, 2009

This book is trying to do two things and accomplishes neither. First, it's trying to be a simple embroidery instruction book to make it seem less daunting. But there are insufficient diagrams for that. It only explains a stitch well enough for someone with some experience with stitching already. Then the actual projects don't explain much at all.

Secondly, it tries to make stitching young and hip and fresh. Again, it falls flat. The colors are mostly drab, seventies browns, creams and pale pinks. This book is trying to do two things and accomplishes neither. First, it's trying to be a simple embroidery instruction book to make it seem less daunting. But there are insufficient diagrams for that. It only explains a stitch well enough for someone with some experience with stitching already. Then the actual projects don't explain much at all.

Secondly, it tries to make stitching young and hip and fresh. Again, it falls flat. The colors are mostly drab, seventies browns, creams and pale pinks. The stitching is mostly flowers and birds in very abstract "mod" seventies styles. Many projects are little more than a few stitches on something that you sew. While I love to sew, that's not why I looked at this book. (My favorite project, a cute little monster with a pocket containing a baby monster, is only pictured and not even given instructions for.)

There are some semi-interesting patterns here if you adapted them to your own style but if you are a beginner who needs a step-by-step project book, this is not it. If you are an advanced stitcher, this book will bore you.

Update 3/7/2016
On second read, I didn't dislike it as much. The designs are cute and whimsical and modern, the projects aren't particularly miraculous but they're cute, and the instructions are very good compared to the other pattern books I've been looking at which is sad. I like the koi and Japanese inspired lampshade project. Overall a decent book which is saying something about the embroidery books I've been looking at.
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