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Embroidered Life: The Art of Sarah K. Benning (Modern Hand Stitched Embroidery, Craft Art Books)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Embroidered Life shows that illustrations created with needle and thread can be strikingly contemporary and absolutely breathtaking.

This is not your grandma's embroidery book:
From beautiful botanicals to bold affirmations, the work of self-taught fiber artist Sarah K. Benning gives any embroidery enthusiast, art lover, or plant fanatic a new appreciation for the craft of
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Anastasia
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I was somewhat disappointed with this book. The stunning cover and lovely works inside were pleasant to flip through but the written content didn’t really express- well- anything. It really felt like a book of Instagram captions which is fine, but not the in-depth artistic thought process that I had expected after reading the introduction.
Esther King
Dec 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Again- this book is a collection of Instagram posts, realistically. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the eBook version specifically is laid out terribly and doesn't know how to present images on the screen. The book would probably make a lovely coffee table piece, but as for substance beyond that, it has essentially nothing. I was just really disappointed and hoping for a little bit more than just pretty pictures and some instagram captions in this one. ...more
Jen
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'd suggest borrowing it from the library and flip through it. It won't take you more than a couple of sittings to read the whole thing.

More than half of the book is photos. The other half are pages where maybe a third of the page has text on it. And that's being generous. It's not what I was expecting, kinda disappointed.
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Jessica M. Lennick
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this book. It reads like an ad to buy the works of the artist with no real explanation of why her work is important (if it even is!) The two things I got out of this book: you can do some incredible work with a layered satin stitch, and that a beginning embroiderer does not need a large repertoire of stitches to make striking and effective work. But you can learn that from reading my sentence. Skip reading the book, but browse through it if you find it at the store ...more
Anita Rapson
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020
The cover is to die for and pictures are gorgeous, but in terms of actual content, I found this book lacking.
Pretty Bibliophile
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfic
Embroidered Life, by Sara Barnes, follows the craft of embroidery as practiced by Sarah K. Benning. And it is the ultimate craft inspo!
From beautiful botanicals to bold affirmations, the work of self-taught fiber artist Sarah K. Benning gives any embroidery enthusiast, art lover, or plant fanatic a new appreciation for the craft of needlework.
I absolutely loved the art that is this book in itself. It sheds light on Benning’s embroidery process and her successful business model, while also offeri
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Laurie
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
First I want to stress that my rating of this book is in no way reflective of my opinion of Benning’s embroidery. Her work is beautiful, and she is a very important figure in the contemporary embroidery community.

However, the book is rather lacklustre. It reads like a magazine article stretched - visibly, with some pages barely reaching a paragraph - over the length of the book. There’s very little real insight into Benning’s life and work, just repeated mentions of the year she lived in Spain a
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Allison
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft, mem-bio
With excellent visuals and text, this book provides an overview of the artist's current and evolving practice. As a response to plagiarism, she now sells designs online and provides direct instruction. Recommended for anyone who buys or sells on etsy. ...more
Alicia
This was enjoyable but not very substantial.
Alaina
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love plants
This is the most beautiful book I have ever read/looked at and I want to live in it.
Melissa
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great look into the modernization of hand embroidery and how fiber art is seeing a resurgence.
Cristina
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-embroidery
It was so inspirational. Reading Sarah's journey in her embroidery work was fascinating. This short book gives you a good "behind scenes" of her work! ...more
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