Magpie Monday – stitching inspiration
I really enjoy being inspired by books about crafting and stitching. My Amazon wishlist is usually full of such books, and I was very lucky to receive several for my last birthday and as Christmas presents.
Charity shops are another great source of craft books. Here are two books I found recently in the local Oxfam Books & Music shop, full of stitching inspiration. The first one was a hardback book called ‘Simple Samplers’ by Yvonne Mathieson. This book contains loads of great ideas for designing your own samplers, including some traditional motifs and a few modern ideas as well.
The second book I found was ‘The New Anchor Book of Counted Thread Embroidery Stitches’ – this was on the ‘sale’ shelf and only cost 50p. It is not much bigger than a CD case but it absolutely packed with examples of different stitches and ideas for the ways the stitches can be used.
Both books have me itching to stitch and I am looking forward to testing out some of the stitches I have seen on their pages. One of the lovely things about books like this is that they give me ideas for using up fabric and threads from my existing stash rather than always having to buy kits. This is in keeping with my aim to stick to Frugal February.
I’m linking up Magpie Monday at the Me & My Shadow blog. Go and see what fantastic pre-loved treasure other folk have found.