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Book Review : Doodle Stitching Embroidery Art

I am a longtime fan of Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching book series. In fact, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection was one of the very first embroidery books I ever purchased! I combined one of the designs from that book with one of the Kokeshi Dolls from Sublime Stitching to create the very first hoop I ever stitched! 

 So, when Aimee reached out offering the opportunity to review her latest book, Doodle Stitching Embroidery Art and to be a part of the Embroidery Art Blog Tour, I jumped at the chance! 

The tag line for Aimee's new book is "Move Beyond the Pattern" and that is exactly what makes Doodle Stitching Embroidery Art stand out in my library of embroidery books. In this new book, Aimee provides ideas and tutorials that will really get you "thinking outside the hoop" in terms of what you can create with embroidery. With 20 different project ideas that are intended to give you the opportunity to explore your creativity, this book is filled with inspiration!

As I sat reading through the book with my favorite mug of tea, one project in particular caught my attention and I knew I needed to try it. I recently asked folks on Instagram and Facebook, "What do you do with your leftover thread bits?" I received so many great ideas, from using them to make handmade paper to filling glass ornaments with them for your Christmas tree to displaying them in glass jars.  I am grateful for all of these ideas because I have always just kept mine in a little storage bin hoping that I would one day find a cool project for them.

Aimee has a suggestion for just such a project! She calls it Scrap Floss Art. While the main project she highlights in this section of the book intrigued me, it was the variation suggestion that inspired me to give it a try. This is one of the things I appreciate most about Aimee's book. Almost every project includes suggestions for variations of the main project, so when you think about it, you are really getting a lot more than 20 project ideas here!

My floss bits come from embroidery, cross stitch, Sashiko, quilting and mending projects, so I have a wide assortment of thread types in my floss bits bin. From perle cotton and Sashiko thread to metallic thread and embroidery floss, I loved how all the different kinds of thread came together. A sparkle of metallic floss here or a thicker strand of Sashiko thread there all combined to give the whole piece more visual interest. 

I love this new addition to the wall of hoop art in my studio! Not only was it a lot of fun to make, I love that it is a memento of past projects as well. That is a running theme throughout this book - how to use embroidery as a way of capturing your memories. From the Stitch A Day Journal to the Under the Moon Hoop or the Pet Portrait Hoop, Aimee has so many great ideas for how you can use embroidery to fill the walls of your home with your memories and special moments. 

The generous folks at C&T Publishing and Aimee Ray are giving away several FREE digital copies of Aimee's new book as part of the Embroidery Art Blog Tour! Entering to win is easy. Just stop by any (or all!) of the participating folks blog or Instagram pages and leave a comment on the post about Aimee's new book.

Embroidery Art Blog Tour

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Each day a winner will be selected from each of the posts to receive a free e-copy of Doodle Stitching Embroidery Art. So, leave a comment below for a chance to win here and then check out the rest of the blog tour for additional chances to win.  

 

 

68 Responses

Robin

Robin

August 30, 2020

I save all my scrap threads and have been waiting for inspiration to put them to use!!!

Catharine Brand

Catharine Brand

August 30, 2020

I love the embroidery on the cover! I would like to learn more about this artist’s work.

Shasta Matova

Shasta Matova

August 30, 2020

This is quite an intriguing book. I love finding ways to use bits of fabric and threads and the project you showed would help me use up a bunch at one time. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the ebook.

lee

lee

August 28, 2020

I love Aimee’s designs – interested first in the pet portrait hoop!! I love the scrap thread hoop you made! Thank you!

Kathryn K

Kathryn K

August 28, 2020

So happy to see so many creative ways to Embroider! Thanks for sharing this great idea for leftover thread! I love your adorable first adaptation piece!

Terry Swindell

Terry Swindell

August 28, 2020

I have never heard of this artist, Diana fiber artist and will definitely be checking out her books.

Clover

Clover

August 28, 2020

These designs have so much creativity and freedom in them!

Annie

Annie

August 28, 2020

I hadn’t seen any of Aimee’s work until now, but this book looks so good — and I’ve put a couple of her other books on hold at my public library!

Sally

Sally

August 28, 2020

This looks so fun!!! I would love a way to use up extra floss and I am always looking for new creative ideas.

Amber

Amber

August 28, 2020

I’m so new to this embroidery journey, but so glad to find your shop and Aimee Ray’s little dear and Benzies and so many creative ideas! This book would make my week.

Charlotte Walker

Charlotte Walker

August 28, 2020

love the ideas!

Sivana

Sivana

August 27, 2020

I’m just getting in to embroidery and this looks like such a great book full of creative things to try!

Arlene

Arlene

August 27, 2020

This embroidery artist is someone new I’ve just discovered. I’m so excited about her ideas and the “out of the box” creativity. I have purchased a couple of “samplers” (put away for Christmas, which now seems like such a looonnggg ways away – from me to me). This would be an awesome book!!!

Colleen

Colleen

August 27, 2020

So excited to see Aimee’s new book, and super happy to find a new embroidery blog to follow!

Lisa Loynd

Lisa Loynd

August 27, 2020

This book looks exciting and intriguing!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it. Your heart made from scarp threads is BEAUTIFUL!! ❤️

Gayle Lennox

Gayle Lennox

August 27, 2020

I’ve been saving the bits, but I never knew why! This book looks like a great resource.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

August 27, 2020

I would love to add to my collection of Aimee’s books and cannot wait to “move beyond the pattern”!!!

bari ws

bari ws

August 27, 2020

i love the philosophy here! as someone fairly new to stitching but who prefers to follow her own path, seeing others supporting creative unconventional wanderings with thread provides a burst of energy and ideas, thank you!

Sue K

Sue K

August 27, 2020

Ideas running through my brain!!! Would LOVE to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

Donna Soulliere

Donna Soulliere

August 27, 2020

Looks like a fun book with lots of ideas. Presents a great way to use up my stash of scrap threads.

Sarah J

Sarah J

August 27, 2020

I have really gotten into hand sewing after getting my first Sashiko project from you. I can stitch as I try to help my kids with their virtual learning! This book looks very inspiring!

Mita S

Mita S

August 27, 2020

I love Aimee’s books! They are some of my basic go to’s for inspiration. I think it’s a great idea to have a digital version too.

Steph M

Steph M

August 27, 2020

Love the creative way to use up scrap threads!

Jennifer Andelin

Jennifer Andelin

August 27, 2020

I’d be so excited to win!

Mona Kuntz

Mona Kuntz

August 27, 2020

I’m a big fan of Aimee Ray books. I love your commentary about the thread bits. For each project, I save those bits and then I think: What am I saving these for? And I throw them away. I love that there are lots of ideas out there for thread bits!

Kim S.

Kim S.

August 27, 2020

Beautiful! My daughter and I are learning to embroider, so this book would be fun to have!

Suzanne Ardiff

Suzanne Ardiff

August 27, 2020

Who knew you could do anything with scrap thread!! Another craft item to save!!

Barbara H.

Barbara H.

August 27, 2020

I love hearing there are suggestions in the book for ways to vary the projects to better suit one’s style or skill set!

C.J.

C.J.

August 27, 2020

I really like her choice of colours, so delicate yet eyecatching :)

Joy Avery

Joy Avery

August 27, 2020

Looks like a great way to Creat with colorful threads!

Misty

Misty

August 27, 2020

Love this idea! Now I can do something productive with all those bits and bobs of thread.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson

August 27, 2020

I love her work! I’d be delighted to win, to begin again stitching. Aimee is so talented!

Lisa Gittleman

Lisa Gittleman

August 27, 2020

One way or another I AM getting that book :)

Jamie Brucker

Jamie Brucker

August 27, 2020

New to embroidery. This book looks like so much fun.

Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams

August 27, 2020

I love Aimee’s stuff! Her projects are terrific. I can’t wait to see the new book.

Jenny Fleming

Jenny Fleming

August 27, 2020

I just love all the texture in those photos from this book.

Stephanie R.

Stephanie R.

August 27, 2020

This looks like a great book. I love Aimee’s designs.

Danielle

Danielle

August 27, 2020

This book sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to check out the rest of the projects! I am definitely a stick to the pattern kind of person, so something that encourages me to break outside of that box would be a good challenge!

Michelle

Michelle

August 27, 2020

I hate throwing things a way and thread scraps are included. I use my fabric scraps from quilting as stuffing for cushions and it would be great to have more ideas for my embroidery and the resulting scraps!

Claudia M

Claudia M

August 27, 2020

This looks like a neat book!

Amaanda

Amaanda

August 27, 2020

Thanks for introducing me to a new book, Claudia! It’s so fun to find new ideas and espesically to use up all the bits and pieces (because I am definitely not a horder of such things…!).

Sheri Abrams

Sheri Abrams

August 27, 2020

A great way to recycle your scraps!

Lindsey

Lindsey

August 27, 2020

I am so excited to see inside this book!

Brooke Guerrero

Brooke Guerrero

August 27, 2020

Looks like a great book! I am always looking for more modern books to add to my stitching library.

JSY

JSY

August 27, 2020

Looking forward to the release of the new book. The Motif Collection was one of my first ever embroidery purchases as well!

Dianne

Dianne

August 27, 2020

I’m a saver and recycler, so what a neat way to use my bits and pieces. Stitching is helping me stay calm and carry on.

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris

August 27, 2020

Looks like a fun book to get some inspiration.

Barbara Logan

Barbara Logan

August 27, 2020

This book looks very interesting. I would like to go through it and try many of the suggestions.

Laura Reyes

Laura Reyes

August 27, 2020

Thank you for this review! Looking forward to seeing the book.

Valerie L.

Valerie L.

August 27, 2020

I love all her books and this one looks like it will be a winner too! My favorite craft books are the ones that teach techniques and encourage the readers own vision for their projects. Your heart turned out so cute!

Manda

Manda

August 27, 2020

This book sounds wonderful! This seems like the next step in improving my embroidery skills. I love the idea of using thread scraps to create something beautiful!

Hannah

Hannah

August 27, 2020

Love the use of thread and the look of this book! I’m pretty new to sticking and would love some inspiration :)

Michelle

Michelle

August 27, 2020

I haven’t embroidered for years. This could get me started again

Rebecca Goller

Rebecca Goller

August 27, 2020

I love Aimee’s books. I stopped saving my scraps because what was I ever going to do with them. Sigh. 🤣

Alessandra de la Vega

Alessandra de la Vega

August 27, 2020

I’m very intrigued by this book because it looks so creative. I love to see the really creative things people are doing with embroidery today, but I never know how to implement those ideas in my own work.

Amanda D

Amanda D

August 27, 2020

I love Doodle Stitching! I’ve checked out these books on more than one occasion from my library & would love to have a permanent one in my collection. Thank you for the opportunity & congrats to Aimee Ray for a new publication!

Rai St.Denis

Rai St.Denis

August 27, 2020

Just started embroidery a few months ago to add to my list of “textile art” that I love. Love finding all these new pages and artists to follow and inspire!

Leticia Jurado

Leticia Jurado

August 27, 2020

That book looks amazing!

Patricia

Patricia

August 27, 2020

I love using up every last bit of thread and am excited to read this book! Thanks for the review.

Danielle dougherty

Danielle dougherty

August 27, 2020

Awesome!! I just learned to embroider during covid, I have been wanting to learn for sooo long! Can’t wait to check out book for some ideas!

Liz

Liz

August 27, 2020

The PERFECT new book for my library – holiday gifts to make!!!!

Stacy

Stacy

August 27, 2020

This book looks so fun! Can’t wait to get it!

Diane McMinds

Diane McMinds

August 27, 2020

I learned embroidery from my mom many years ago and have loved honing my skills again during this pandemic. Seeing the creative “out of the box” ideas people have come up with is always so inspiring!

Linda

Linda

August 27, 2020

This book sounds so interesting! I had enjoyed the various comments on your Instagram question of what folks do with thread bits but this project is a new one to me for sure!

Whitney Michalski

Whitney Michalski

August 27, 2020

This is such a great idea! I feel like I’ve wasted so much time not saving the extra little bits. This will have to be a must buy once I save up a some more bits.

Ali

Ali

August 27, 2020

What a cool way to use up stray threads!!!!

Shannon S

Shannon S

August 27, 2020

This book looks amazing. I am still new to stitching and have not ventured beyond patterns. This book would be helpful.

Maile Ciccariello

Maile Ciccariello

August 27, 2020

What a creative way to use scrap thread!!!

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