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I Geek: Embroidery

What do you geek?

That’s the question staff members at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library are asking their customers as part of the national Geek The Library community awareness campaign.  

Geek The Library features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they geek, whether it’s engineering, superheroes, music, zombies, or cooking. The campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone 'geeks' something—and that the library supports them all. Library staffers have been teaming up with local businesses to offer folks opportunities to share their 'geeks' with the world, and so far have collected lots of interesting and fun responses.

This week's featured participant geeks embroidery.  The participant also said, "The library for me means that I get to learn new things. Or, I get to escape in a story." She can explore and indulge her passion at the library with titles like the ones that follow.

All About Embroidery by Todd Oldham

The ALL ABOUT series from "Kid Made Modern" celebrates, demystifies, explains, and defies classic craft and art techniques and materials. ALL ABOUT EMBROIDERY features easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions of the basic stitches and embroidery with very unusual results. 10 new projects range from spider web-embroidered sweatshirts to yarn-embroidered pegboard wall hangings. All perfect for first time embroiderers!  

Stitch-by-Stitch by Jane Bull

Introduces beginners to the basic techniques of knitting, embroidery, crocheting, needlepoint, and patchwork and provides step-by-step instructions for a variety of projects. "Stitch-by-Stitch" provides a fun way for children to develop creativity and produce fantastic textile pieces, including quilts, pocket purses, shoulder bags, embroidered pictures, and more. Includes more than 50 projects.

Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs by Aimee Ray

This follow-up to the best-selling Doodle Stitching offers fans expanded and updated basics, 400+ easy embroidery motifs on the page and on a CD sealed in the back of the book, 17 projects, and lots of added inspiration. More than a dozen categories include Alphabet, Asian Chic, Baby, Celebrations, Embellishments, Fruits & Veggies, Space, Trees, Flowers, Winged Wonders, and Woodland Creatures-and each section includes one motif stitched by the author. The motifs on the CD are in simple black lines, so readers can easily manipulate them using their own image-editing software, print them out, and transfer them onto their substrate of choice using the instructions in the book.

Embroidery: A Beginner's Step-by-Step Guide to Stitches and Techniques by Charlotte Gerlings

This guide to embroidery by both hand and machine offers practical advice on equipment, materials, methods, and techniques. Includes step-by-step instructions, practice projects that can be done at home to hone skills, and an illustrated stitch directory.

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain

A showcase for those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, 'Hoopla' profiles innovative stitch artists who specialize in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as subway maps, feminist Girl Guide badges and metal band letterforms, demonstrating that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work. Includes comprehensive instructions.

The Needlecraft Book by Maggi McCormick Gordon

From knitting to needlepoint, quilting to crochet, embroidery to appliquZ, The Needlecraft Book is the most comprehensive step-by-step guide to every needle, thread, and yarn technique. Packed with tools, terminology, and easy-to-follow techniques to create truly personal pieces, The Needlecraft Book brings traditional, artistic, and practical crafts up to date with advice on contemporary styles and new materials, and introduces all needle crafts to a new generation.

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