Followers of my instagram account (blackberrygarden) will know that when not gardening I am often sewing. I make most of my own clothes and I often have an embroidery project on the go at any set time. So when I was offered this book to review I hesitated as it is not gardening as such; but it is floral and it does align to my interests and as oft said: it is my blog, my rules. I have not paid for this book and my words and opinions are as ever my own.
Teagan explains carefully how the book works, what you will need and why. Then each chapter takes us step by step through the patterns that build in skill as you go. So you start at a beginner's level with basic projects of leaves and stems and you progress through detailed projects to intricate ones and even advice on how to create your own patterns. Teagan also explains how to finish off the hoop to make it a frame for your project.
I do have to warn you that embroidery is addictive. One project leads to another, no sooner do I see the finish line of one project than I start thinking about what will be next. I always say that I find sewing very therapeutic, it helps keep my mind occupied and makes me focus on what I am doing, not what I am worrying about which particularly in these Covid days is much needed. This book is perfect for this as it takes you forward and inspires you to do more. It is an excellent book to give to a beginner or to inspire someone who can sew but wants to try something a bit different. I can happily recommend this book.
Floral Embroidery by Teagan Olivia Sturmer is published by Pen and Sword White Owl.