Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread by Kazuko Aoki

Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread

A whimsical field guide to embroidered flowers. Working through a full growing season, from spring to autumn, the sixty-three flower varieties presented here offer a full garden of cherished blooms. From pansies and lilies-of-the-valley to poppies, zinnias, and campanulas, the flowers presented here feature buds, blooms, and roots in stunning detail and charming color com...

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Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread Reviews

  • Bonnie

    This popped up on my Net Galley recommendations list and the cover art looked so pretty that I immediately requested it, knowing that I don't nearly have enough time in my life to embroider these days. I received it in exchange for my honest review.

    This book contains a wide variety of flowers that are displayed in a naturalist fashion. Each piece is very realistic and honestly I would purchase this book for the pictures alone. The blackberries were my favorite. I never thought to use french knot

    This popped up on my Net Galley recommendations list and the cover art looked so pretty that I immediately requested it, knowing that I don't nearly have enough time in my life to embroider these days. I received it in exchange for my honest review.

    This book contains a wide variety of flowers that are displayed in a naturalist fashion. Each piece is very realistic and honestly I would purchase this book for the pictures alone. The blackberries were my favorite. I never thought to use french knots for each seed and it looks so pretty!

    I maneuver these types of crafts through trial and error, meaning I've had no formal education on how to embroider. I mostly see something I like and try to replicate stitches I don't know by searching on the internet. I wouldn't say this is a book for beginners. In fact, a lot of the "patterns" seem a bit complicated to me and I consider myself to be fairly familiar with the art. The instructions for stitches are confusing and the detail may be too exacting. However, I think a beginner

    use this book if they supplemented it with youtube videos or a stitch dictionary.

    I put patterns in quotations because really, they are just pictures of the flower and which stitch to use where. They are more guidelines than anything.

    I give it four stars because, while the finished products are gorgeous, the descriptions of how to get there is lacking. Also, the pictures of the finished patterns are all clustered at the front of the book while the instructions are at the back, which will lead to people turning pages back and forth needlessly. However, this is a small critique as I like the aesthetic of all the flower pictures being together.

  • Shelli

    by Japanese needlework powerhouse

    is an incredibly easy-to-follow guide to stitching common, completely realistic, live and growing flowers – from their roots, stems, and leaves, up through different stages of the flowers' growth, including buds, full blooms, and even color variations. A cute touch is the inclusion of all sorts of garden denizens: butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs, and bees.

    Although clearly writte

    by Japanese needlework powerhouse

    is an incredibly easy-to-follow guide to stitching common, completely realistic, live and growing flowers – from their roots, stems, and leaves, up through different stages of the flowers' growth, including buds, full blooms, and even color variations. A cute touch is the inclusion of all sorts of garden denizens: butterflies, caterpillars, ladybugs, and bees.

    Although clearly written for the more established stitcher, the book does include a primer that includes all the stitches used, so even a determined novice could certainly power their way through it. Each example includes a detailed photograph of a completed sample, and then an illustrated instruction page with step-by-step instructions in both words and images, including DMC colors and even detailed information on the plant itself.

    I'm not entirely sure why the subtitle implies that this stitching guide includes

    – which in my understanding are stylized designs – when the book is wholly limited to photorealistic renderings. I also found it unfortunate that the book gave no guidance for creative combinations; since each flower stood on its own page as if it were a scientific record, if you were hoping to stitch yourself a whole garden, or even just a bouquet, you'd be on your own. My final gripe is one that keeps coming up, particularly with electronic books: all the example photographs are at the beginning of the book, while all the instruction pages are grouped together at the end. I understand the aesthetic motivation for arranging a book like this, but for practical purposes it sucks – it means you have to do a great deal of flipping back and forth. Grrr.

    Aside from these few complaints,

    is an absolutely superlative manual for embroidering common flowers in a near-photorealistic manner. Although true "motifs" aren't actually included, it's easy enough to stitch up individual blooms to create a repeating pattern or border. A must-have for any needleworker who creates naturalistic scenery.

  • Sonja

    A special thank you to Roost Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 Stars ****

    As some one who has had years of embroidery and other needlework experience, I was excited to review this. This book is gorgeous in it's detailed and naturalistic drawings. I would recommend it to advanced artisans in embroidery, and those who sketch, paint, or draw. I believe a beginner might use the book if they have access to a mentor, or other resource to assist with basic stitch practic

    A special thank you to Roost Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 Stars ****

    As some one who has had years of embroidery and other needlework experience, I was excited to review this. This book is gorgeous in it's detailed and naturalistic drawings. I would recommend it to advanced artisans in embroidery, and those who sketch, paint, or draw. I believe a beginner might use the book if they have access to a mentor, or other resource to assist with basic stitch practice.

    The flowers are pictured at the front of the book, embroidery basics and stitch instruction are in the middle and actual patterns with suggested stitches are at the back. This caused some confusion for me and I had to flip back and forth in the PDF before I really understood the author's guidelines and tips for where to start in the pattern. The "patterns" are similar to the traditional iron on patterns used for dish towels, but with much more detail!

    I will be recommending this book for purchase at our library.

  • Debbie

    I am grateful for the opportunity to preview this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I was drawn to this title because of the subject matter. Art and craft books are my addiction. While the embroidery was lovely, I didn't find it to be particularly special. While I enjoying seeing this volume, I don't feel compelled to buy it or recommend since there are many unique books out that dazzle.

  • Robin Willson

    Beautiful book. Great photos and detailed information about the basics of embroidery. So many flowers with excellent detail. I like the way that the patterns are given, with a picture of the flower and the type of stitch near each area. The thing I would change is to have the picture of the embroidered flower next to the pattern so that you don’t have to flip back and forth.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Roost Books and Netgalley book review blog

    Beautiful book. Great photos and detailed information about the basics of embroidery. So many flowers with excellent detail. I like the way that the patterns are given, with a picture of the flower and the type of stitch near each area. The thing I would change is to have the picture of the embroidered flower next to the pattern so that you don’t have to flip back and forth.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Roost Books and Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Ashley

    An absolutely gorgeous guide for embroidering flowers! I wish I could embroider this well - I'd embroider every stitch of clothing I own with flowers. Embroidering can be soothing, but whenever I try it, my stitches never turn out so even and consistent as Kazuko Aoki's have. Highly recommend to anyone interested in embroidery.

  • CJ

    This beautifully produced instruction manual has so many unexpected extras! I am impressed, although I feel more of a novice than before. The detailed photographs of the embroidered botanical delights included various stages of growth or life-cycle; the instructions advise how to determine the best choice of threads and needles for the projects; and, the manual even advises the best fabric to embroider upon, then additional treatments to give the embroiderer the best possible outcome. One more e

    This beautifully produced instruction manual has so many unexpected extras! I am impressed, although I feel more of a novice than before. The detailed photographs of the embroidered botanical delights included various stages of growth or life-cycle; the instructions advise how to determine the best choice of threads and needles for the projects; and, the manual even advises the best fabric to embroider upon, then additional treatments to give the embroiderer the best possible outcome. One more extra that is also really helpful is that the front and back covers have fold over extended sleeves so that when you are working on a project, you can put the front sleeve on the page containing the photograph of the embroidered plant and the back sleeve on the page containing the instructions for completing the embroidery project.

  • Patricia

    Sorry I could only give this 3 stars. I loved the patterns, but as a beginner, trying to replicate the stitches gave me a headache.

  • Sandra Crane

    A beautiful book with beautiful photos. There is detailed info about the flowers pictured, with diagrams and material needed. I love this book just for the photos alone. It looks to me that this book would be for more advanced embroiderers but don't let it stop you from just enjoying the book. Thank you Goodreads Giveaway for a great book.

  • Eileen Hall

    What a lovely instruction book!

    The embroideries are delicate, but effective.

    The projects and illustrations are straight forward and informative.

    This would be the ideal book to use as a long term heirloom sewing exercise

    Very highly recommended.

    I was given a digital copy of this lovely book by the publisher Roost Books via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review, which I am very happy to do.

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