The book starts with an introduction to free motion embroidery followed by a simple project (the beach scene shown above) to help you get to grips with the embroidery aspect with minimal applique. You then get information on finding inspiration and planning your projects before delving into some more complex projects with multiple layers of fabric in the pictures. She also explains how to transfer the images onto your fabric, an interesting method different from the one I learned (tracing paper to transfer your pencil lines onto the fabric) when I did a class on this subject. I will be giving it a try to see which method I prefer.
There are very clear instructions on every stage of the project, from preparing your applique pieces to stitching the project. There are also photos for every step and handy tips scattered throughout. What I particularly liked is not only are there full size templates included for the projects, but they are next to the project instructions rather than at the back of the book, so you don’t have to skip from the middle to the back when working on a project.
There is also a section on using paints in your pictures to work alongside the fabrics. It adds an extra depth to your creations and is handy if you don’t have fabrics in the right colours. There are several projects in the book, quite a few are animal based (hare, blue tit, chickens & cat) but I have to admit my favourite is the sewing collage, and I love the house one too.
Even if you have never tried this technique before the easy to follow instructions and step by step photos in this book mean you can easily create your own applique pictures.