I tried embroidery a few years ago. I bought a little book of stitches at Joann’s. I stashed a few skeins of dmc floss. I took a local class. I abandoned my efforts in less than three weeks with not one finished project. Something about the projects I selected never held my attention.Then I found a little card in a bag I brought home from QuiltCon. The post card advertised a retreat in Maine with Carolyn Friedlander, Chawne Kimber, and Rebecca Ringquist. Rebecca’s name popped up again when my mom sent me a newspaper clipping. I finally looked up Rebecca and her work, and I was hooked on her dense layers of thread and the magical way she weaves color. I begged to review her new book.
Rebecca’s book is a comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to sew thread on fabric. Rebecca shares tips on every aspect of stitching from project planning to project display, including all of the basic embroidery stitches. She has several Creative Bug videos, but I found that her instructions in the book are all that’s needed to successfully execute the stitches.
But here’s what’s important: Rebecca reminds me that success isn’t perfection. Success is making something that I think is beautiful.
Rebecca gives embroiderers permission to go for it. That’s what makes her way of teaching perfect for me – her style welcomes me to the craft in a way that allows me to have fun while I make something that I genuinely think is beautiful. Her stitch instructions are clear, and the projects in her book are so varied that it was easy to flip through and find several I wanted to make.
The book includes one of Rebecca’s famous Dropcloth Samplers in an envelop inside the back cover. You can check out #rebeccaringquistbook on Instagram to see pictures of how other people are stitching it up. (Honestly, the book is worth buying just for the sampler.)
I’m saving book sampler for an upcoming plane trip/road trip, but I used some of the stitches from the book to work up one of Rebecca’s embroidery projects from her dropcloth samplers Color Burst Series.
My Dotted Doodle Artwork started out a little too big.
I’ve tucked that one away for later and doodled a smaller one to stitch.
Once I covered all of the pen marks, I wanted more stitches and just added them wherever I wanted without penning them in first. In my mind, Rebecca was telling me to just go for it!
I considered sharing pictures from the book, but the best endorsement I can give is evidence of a few finished projects. There are so many to choose from, and Rebecca’s examples are gorgeous!
Rebecca’s publisher sent me my copy of the book, which I plan to hold on to… well, forever. But, I’d like to share some of the awesomeness that Rebecca inspires, so I’ll buy one reader a copy of the book or one of Rebecca’s fabulous dropcloth samplers.
To enter to win, leave me a comment telling me (and other readers), your favorite embroidery tip. If you’ve not tried embroidery yet, tell us why you’re inspired to give it a try now. Either way, be sure to say which sampler you’d like or if you’d like her book. Share this blogpost on Pinterest, Facebook, or your own blog and comment here telling me for an extra chance to win. I’ll pick a winner next Tuesday when I’m home from my current travels.