Embroidery Made Easy: Beautiful Birds by Beth Hoyes

Title:  Embroidery Made Easy: Beautiful Birds
Author: Beth Hoyes
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing 
Genre:  Arts & Photography, Crafts & Hobbies 
Format:  temporary PDF
No. of Pages: 269
Date of US Publication: 12 July, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts 

My grandmother taught me how to embroider during a summer vacation when I was about 8 (she babysat for me during my mother’s work hours when I was young). I enjoyed embroidery and used to embroider my cardigans in the early 90’s - then I’d given it up as I grew older and started to get busy with other things. At 49, I’ve reached an age where I’m fully ready to pick formerly beloved hobbies up again and when I saw this book, I knew in a second that I wanted to look through and read it. 

This is thread painting, and it’s beautiful. The author writes with the friendly tone of a natural teacher and encourager; her how-to’s for each bird (with corresponding pattern template in the back of the book) are laid out with full photos and written instructions that reading this I really did feel like hey, I might be able to learn how to thread paint someday. 

Recommended for middle grade and up. 

Temporary PDF kindly provided by Walter Foster / Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Learn to create a variety of birds following the newest embroidery trend: thread painting.

Through a collection of 
12 detailed, full-color patterns, aspiring and established embroidery artists will discover how to employ the art of thread painting to create a range of popular birds and waterfowl from around the world, including North America, the Amazon rain forest, and Europe.

Thread painting is the name for using single strands of embroidery floss to 
create lifelike images with beautifully blended gradients of color and detail. Fortunately, the process is not as hard as it sounds! After learning a bit about how to create gradients and blend colors, anyone can create incredible embroidered masterpieces.
Embroidery Made Easy: Beautiful Birds includes:

  • A primer on embroidery materials, setup, and thread painting techniques
  • Patterns that indicate where each color should go and when the gradients should begin
  • For each project, step-by-step instructions and reference images of the finished piece

Perfect for needlepoint artists of all skill levels, there is no better time to learn how to create beautiful birds in embroidery.


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