The long awaited Desert Island Stitches for Painted Canvas Embellishment by Carole Lake and Michael Boren has arrived! This is subtitled Volume One: Ideas for Small Spaces. The title is based on the idea of asking which books you would take along if you were to be left on a deserted island?
These stitches are those that can be worked in an area less than a square inch in size. This is a great idea because many of us do ornaments or canvases with a lot of small areas. The stitch diagrams are done in white and black ovals so you can visualize the stitch OR (my favorite part) imagine it with two colors or two different threads. The stitches include.
The book is divided into 5 sections including Tent Stitches, Diagonal Stitches, Oblique Stitches, Straight Stitches and Cross Stitches. For example under Diagonal Stitches, the mosaic stitch is shown along with different variations you can use. Here’s where those black and white ovals come in handy! There are also useful stitching tips on the blue pages dividing each section.
Because this is Volume I, you can expect another volume next year and in fact, they promise us Volume 2 in 2016! This book is 78 pages, wire bound, measures 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and retails for a very reasonable $25. I have some in stock NOW.