Mastering the Art of Embroidery: Tutorials, Techniques and Modern Applications
Sophie has her own web site at and her gallery of work is really worth looking at. In particular I loved the giraffe she has stitched, and her ribbon embroidered hearts are lovely.
The link to her website which is truly worth a visit is http://www.sophielong.co.uk
Sophie's book covers a lot of ground; as promised in the title there are lots of tutorials and illustrated techniques. There is also a dictionary of embroidery stitches. All these are accompanied by beautiful photographs which are sure to be visually pleasing. I loved the works by a variety of artists that are used to highlight the various techniques.
I should tell you that this book has been praised for what it attempted to do but also criticized for actually trying to cover too much ground a fault shared with many instructional type books, but that certainly did not detract in my humble opinion.
I love this book. It is available from the Book Depository for around $30 with free shipping.