From Mary Corbet’s Needle n Thread Sept 12, 2018:
I love it when Yvette Stanton publishes another embroidery book in her ever-growing library of fine needlework instructional and projects books!
Smøyg: Pattern Darning from Norway explores a world of vivid color in geometric designs, worked traditionally in Norwegian costume but perfectly applicable to contemporary embroidery projects as well.
This is a project and instructional book, so in it, you will learn the history and techniques of Smøyg while working through a multitude of accessible and colorful needlework projects.
The projects are a combination of traditional and contemporary – traditional in the designs and execution of the embroidery, but contemporary in their finished use. They vary in complexity, from small, accessible, and relatively quick projects to more complex finishes for clothing and household use.
I love the colors and patterns! There are examples that demonstrate how color changes the look and feel of the same pattern – which is a good lesson for any kind of embroidery.
Every project has a complete materials list, along with instructions for creating and finishing and all the charts necessary for stitching. For sampler lovers, the band sampler – long and narrow, colorful, and full of fun patterns – is fantastic! Other projects include very small items, like pattern-darned jewelry pendants, to bookmarks, to larger items like a linen blouse with a gorgeous Smøyg collar. Finally, there is a removable patterns packet in the back of the book, for construction and finishing of the projects.
Yvette’s books are always excellent. They’re intelligently and thoroughly written, beautifully illustrated, full of clear and easy-to-grasp instruction and wonderful finished projects. Smøyg: Pattern Darning from Norway is no exception! I think the book will appeal to surface and counted embroiderers alike. There’s something so mesmerizing and satisfying about working darning patterns with the simple running stitch, and producing things that are striking and complex! And what stitch could possibly be more accessible than the humble running stitch?
The book will certainly also appeal to needleworkers who have a specific interest in costuming, in regional embroidery, in embroidery history, and in Norwegian and Scandinavian techniques.
It’s definitely worth adding to your bookshelf!
“Yvette Stanton has done an impressive job with researching this technique, and presenting her finds in an admirable way. She sorts and defines different aspects of the technique and patterns. She outlines possible projects using smøyg, in addition to instructive explanations of the different stitches. A book to enjoy and learn from, answering most questions that can arise concerning smøyg. Thank you Yvette, for making such a stupendous book!” —Kari-Anne Pedersen, Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo, Norway.