Monday, August 9, 2010

The magic of stitching and a book review

I bought this fat quarter a couple weeks ago with the idea that it would be a nice base for some hand stitching. So I basted it to some batting and auditioned some of my variegated Sulky threads. I started stitching with the top one, the red, but quickly realized this was not what I had envisioned. On to plan B.

This DMC green floss was laying out because I had used it on a different project. I moved it out of the way and placed it on top of this project because there was no where else to put it at that moment. When I went to put it away, I decided it might be what I need for this project so I started stitching with it. I was happy with this so I kept going with a different color. (You can click on the images to enlarge them)

I really like the blanket stitch and didn't think I would. It creates a nice raised area, almost as if there is cording underneath. I have not decided what I will do in the area between the different colors. I am using the book Stitch Magic by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, which I purchased recently as inspiration for this project.

From the back of the book:

"... a unique vision of how stitching can be used to interpret designs"

"Over 90 sumptuous photographs of stitching with detailed explanations of the techniques"

"Includes a comprehensive stitch glossary and stitch diagrams showing the variety of design applications for different stitches"

Warning: the stitch diagrams are photographs of hand drawn, hand written diagrams. The diagrams are clear but the hand writing is small in places and not as easy to read as it could be. Do not  purchase this book expecting it to act as a resource on how to do the hand stitches. However, there are other resources for this information and many are available free online.

"Practical advice is given on the choice and planning of stitches and the creation of unusual backgrounds"

In summary, this book is mostly about using basic stitches in non-traditional ways. It is an excellent resource for ideas and inspiration. If you enjoy hand work and free-form stitching by hand, I highly recommend it.

It is an older book, first published in 1998. Shop around if you are interested in purchasing it. I got a used copy for $19 and change from Powell's Books online, including shipping. I got a really good deal! On Amazon I have seen used copies listed for between $25 and $999.98! In my opinion the book is definitely worth $25 but no way would I pay $1000 for it!

1 comment:

Mama Pea said...

You are so creative! I love how you come up with these ideas for stitching! I can't wait to see how it turns out.