This is the last entry related to "What I did on my summer vacation." In addition to stitching, spending and listening I also did a fair bit of reading and one of the books that I read is one that I think may be of interest to "youse guys" as we say here in Philly. It is called "Long and Short Stitch Embroidery" and it is by Trish Burr. Before I go any further I just want to say that I hesitated writing about this book because I only have one in stock and I just know I am going to be hit with a tsunami of requests for it after this entry (haha). So, if you want it, better act now!! Seriously, I will be ordering more and you can always look at my copy or maybe I'll teach a class on the technique.
The technique of long and short embroidery couldn't be easier but the results are spectacular. I am telling you these embroidery people know what they are doing when it comes to shading. It's a short book and the back half is pretty much all examples and projects that I know I'll never do but still it was instructional to look at them and read the directions for how to execute.
As I said the methodology is quite easy and it is presented with good diagrams that are clear to follow. It's a quick read and I learned quite a bit so I recommend it (just don't come to my shop and try to buy it!!???)