Ideas for embellishing beautiful garments and home decor to add personal touches are presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and 38 stitch techniques and 20 hand-embroidered projects, in this stylish stitching how-to. Included are motifs to dress up a skirt, day tripper bags, a guitar pick case, a picnic baby bib, a butterfly picture frame, hand-embroidered pillows, stitched note cards, and heirloom scrapbooks. Throughout the book are helpful tips and hints such as hiding knots and thread tails, sewing a pocket, making durable stitches, and working with silk and wire. In addition to teaching the basics, this guide can make projects ambitious by experimenting with stitches and the number and placement of motifs so that even experienced stitchers will find renewed inspiration for embroidery.
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Melinda Barta is the managing editor of Beadwork magazine, the former projects editor of PieceWork magazine, and the author of Hip to Stitch. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.From Publishers Weekly:
Although this embroidery-centric volume is somewhat dry in attitude, it makes needlework accessible and appealing to a contemporary audience. After an introduction covering embroidery basics, such as fabric, patterns, needles, threads and standard stitches, Barta, a 24-year-old graduate of the BFA program at Colorado State, explains how to complete 20 different projects. They include hair ties, a beaded handbag, a baby bib, a picture frame and kitchen towels. Each project lists specifications (what size the project will be; the threads, fabric and equipment needed; and the stitches involved) and is illustrated with step-by-step instructions. Helpful boxes, such as a list of "tools no embroiderer should be without," appear strategically throughout the text. Despite a bland cover, the book's pages are bright, modern and visually appealing, with 45 color photographs, more than 30 easy-to-understand stitch illustrations and 46 pattern illustrations. (Apr.)
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