tut tut Amazon!

Within an hour of publishing the last post, I received a delivery from Amazon but the box was too large for just one or two books and extremely lightweight to boot. In the past, books have been delivered in cardboard envelope-type packages only slightly larger than the book within so I was puzzled as to what might be in today’s box and decided to take photographs as I opened it.





It will be recycled but even so, what an excess of paper and cardboard to send one book measuring just 26 x 26 cm! It also seems pointless to have the protective paper only on top of the book as the book was able to slide around the bottom of the box. Was it impossible to find a smaller package? Tut Tut Amazon!


The book in the box was the copy of New Designs in Raised Embroidery I’d ordered and after a quick read, I have to say that I wish I’d bought it a lot sooner! It’s an excellent complement to Barbara and Roy Hirsts’ first book Raised Embroidery and is definitely not just a re-hash of that with updated photographs. Where most stumpwork books focus on flowers and insects, both the Hirsts’ books are mainly about figures and that’s what made me buy the first one all those years ago. This follow-up book includes mermaids, royal miniature portraits, a boat, sheep, and even an orchestra and the ubiquitous stumpwork bumble bees, butterflies and crickets are nowhere to be found within the covers of either book! Hurrah!

birthday books

In April I made stumpwork portraits of Beryl and Doris, using the internet and one or two books I have for assistance. I haven’t attempted any more although I have often thought since then about how B and D could have been better but can’t quite figure out what it is that I’m not happy with. I have a birthday soon and my sons are treating me to some books so I’ve ordered Jan Messent’s Embroidered Portraits which I hope will provide me with the answers I’m seeking.

I also ordered New Designs in Raised Embroidery by Barbara and Roy Hirst, a follow-up in 1997 to their Raised Embroidery which was first published in 1993 and which I bought a copy of at an exhibition in 1996. It’s a delight to read but I confess that although I’ve used their techniques many times I’ve never attempted an actual project from the book. I’m hoping that New Designs won’t just be a re-hash of the first book with some different pictures.

Making a scotty dog from scraps of felt and a little bird from a home-made pattern is one thing but I would like to make different animals too and I know I don’t have the inclination to attempt my own patterns for them so when I spotted Stitched Safari: 18 Adorable Animals To Make With Felt by Tomomi Maeda I ordered that too, particularly as one comprehensive review mentioned dogs being included. What fun!


I ordered the books through Amazon.co.uk if you want to check them out yourself and read the reviews. There were lots of other books I wanted to order but I had to draw a line and there’s always Christmas. Once I’ve got these three in my twitchy little fingers and had a chance to read them I’ll let you know what I think of them.