Release: July 3rd 2018
I received a copy of Cat Lady Embroidery through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I knew the second I saw the title of this art book that I was going to have to read it. I also knew that I would absolutely end up caving and buying it once it released, but that’s for future-me to deal with. Cat Lady Embroidery is a blend of two things, actually, three things, that I absolutely adore: cats, art/crafts, and books! It couldn’t have been more tailor fit for me if it tried.
The setup for this book seemed a little bit unusual at first, but in the end I actually ended up really liking the way they chose to organize it. All of the patterns and designs there are to pick from are in the beginning of the book, with references to later in the book for the actual instructions. It’s a nice way to be able to browse for what you want, without having it all cluttered by the detailed instructions and maps.
As for the patterns themselves…oh my goodness! They’re so stinking cute! I think I’m going to go broke finding excuses to use every single pattern shown. They’re all really well done and amazingly adorable. They capture the quirky and sweet personality of cats perfectly.
The instructions are just a little bit cramped on the pages, but if that’s the price we have to pay for this many patterns, I can honestly deal with it. There are basic instructions in the middle, explaining how to do basic stitches. This makes for a perfect reference for a newer crafter that hasn’t mastered all of the stitches. It’s also nice for those that have mastered all of the stitches, as it’s out of the way and no space is wasted repeating the same bit of information again and again.
I’m incredibly happy with the quality of this book. You can tell that somebody really put a lot of time and effort into designing these cute little cats for us, and I couldn’t love them more for that.