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The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Whimsical, beautiful embroidery motifs created by an avid gardener—stitch roses, bees, or whole garden scenes.

Kazuko Aoki has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread. By offering forty motifs, Aoki invites us to explore her gardens through embroidery. The forty motifs explore the roses and wildflowers that appear season to season, as
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Roost Books
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Janka H.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Totally lovely and cute! I must say I have had pure delightful and calming experience when reading and reviewing this book!
Authoress Kazuko Aoki is obviously in love with her (or any) garden and is more than able to transform her love of garden and beauty within into lovely stitching and crafting projects with garden theme. The tone is warm and charming, she doesn´t put any pressure onto her readers, just invites you into her calm world. Enter please, you will be more than happy to do so!

Andrea McDowell
Lovely, simple projects with clear descriptions.

I made a modified version of the spring floral wreath (to replace those not native to Ontario, where I live, with those that are), described in a blog post here. Colours, stitch descriptions, patterns, instructions were all clear and easy to follow.

Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
NOTE: See Post Script at the end of this review… written after I received a hard copy of the book.

While I truly wish I would have had a hard copy of this book to review, I was pleased with the images and presentation of it on the Kindle.

Aoki begins her book in her garden, the inspiration for her beautiful embroidered flower work throughout the book presented season by season. She compares her needlework to actual gardening

In addition to being stunned by the number of projects in this book, I exp
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
There are some very pretty pictures in this book, and some nice craft ideas. But I didn't find it was a particularly helpful book - there was a lot of filler, and even the author advertising her own products, which I find a bit off putting.

If you are looking for inspiration, this is probably a good book. But just not for me.
Yvonne Kullberg
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book that makes for a dreamy read. The projects are fresh and modern, as well as clearly illustrated. This book isn't geared towards novice embroiderers, although a determined beginner could certainly make a go of some of them. As with all craft books, I wish it were spiral bound so I could easily see the pages as I work. I highly recommend this book! ...more
Jonna Gjevre
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arts-and-crafts
Whimsical collection with very pretty patterns.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loads of sweet motifs and inspiration as well as pointers on technique.
Annette Bowman
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not meant to be just read. It is a lovely book about how-to embroider flowers and garden scenes. I want to complete a project based on the material in this book.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
beautiful work, clear instructions, this is more than a craft book, it's an art book. Really enjoyed reading the text about Kazuko's needlework and gardening. ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, I don't have time to work on a big embroidery project right now so it wasn't much practical use, but it's a beautiful book with lots of great ideas. ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, for-the-home
Another embroidery book that is just gorgeous to look at. And the designs are exactly what I was looking for.
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for NetGalley.

This is a lovely book on embroidery. The author, who is Japanese, follows the seasons in her garden, for inspirations for her enchanting embroidery.

The instructions are detailed, along with charts. Knitting is my main hobby, and surprisingly I found a lot of useful ideas from this book since I plan to do more embroidered knitting.

The photography is excellent, from Ms. Aoki's home and gardens to the actual embroidered items. A very useful coffee table type book for
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
The author draws inspiration for her exquisite embroidery designs from her flower and herb gardens throughout the seasons. She has even produced a fine linen thread that she uses to stitch her brilliant and realistic flowers. A beginner to embroidery, I'm inspired--and a touch envious. Read as an ebook from NetGalley, I will probably buy the print book for my personal craft book collection. ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: embroidery
I checked this out from my library and loved it so much I bought a copy.
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