Beautiful Alphabet Appliqué - 01/19/2010
Reviewer: James A. Cox from Oregon, WI, USA
One of the most elegant and eloquent of the needlecraft arts -- appliqué embellishments. They can take a variety of forms tailored to specific subjects. In the case of "Beautiful Alphabet Appliqué," needlecraft expert Zena Thorpe has created a beautifully and profusely illustrated 64-page compendium of appliqués for each letter of the alphabet. Of special value, especially for the novice, are the general directions provided on the subjects of fabric, needle and thread, patterns, placement, appliqué, bias binding, yo-yo circles, embroidery, sashing, and finishing. In additional to appliqué embellishments for alphabet lettering is the special step-by-step illustrated instructions for creating a LOVE wallhanging. While an ideal and strongly recommended instruction manual for the beginner, Zena Thorpe's "Beautiful Alphabet Appliqué" also has a great deal of value for even the more experienced needlecrafter in providing inspiration for making creative variations for alphabet appliqués. --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, "Library Bookwatch," January 2010.