Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, this book also serves as an excellent refresher course. It offers a handy guide to embroidery by both hand and machine, with practical advice on equipment, materials, methods, and techniques. Readers receive step-by-step instruction for preparing and matching threads and fabrics, working with hoops and frames, and transferring designs. An illustrated stitch directory shows how to complete more than 70 types of stitches, arranged by families for ease of reference. Simple practice projects are provided for making a bag keeper and a peacock cushion cover.