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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176118
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"…innovative cross-stitching ideas and countless combinations of patterns, colors and textures." –Log Homes Design Ideas

"…it was as if I had been reunited with an old friend." –Orange County Register

"Sounds like all the inspiration most people would need." –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"…really does make embroidery look chic." –Observer-Dispatch

"…plenty of insight and advice for dreaming up your own designs…" –Vogue Patterns

"Embroidery has never looked this good or been so colorful! …With inspiration and encouragement from Kristin Nicholas, would-be and experienced stitchers alike will find dozens of projects that add exuberance to every room in the house." -The Herald-Star, Steubenville, Ohio

 

About the Author

Kristin Nicholas was named one of Vogue Knitting's Master Knitters of the '90s and has designed knitwear for Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Knitting, and other major magazines. She is the author of Colorful Stitchery and three other books on knitting. Kristin lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and assorted farm animals.

More About the Author

Kristin Nicholas is a knitwear and stitchery designer who lives on a working sheep farm with her husband and daughter in western Massachusetts. She is the author of 8 books on both knitting and embroidery including her newest Color by Kristin. She has also illustrated many of her own books.

She learned to knit, crochet, embroider and sew as a young girl. She studied Textiles and Clothing at the University of Delaware and received a MS from Colorado State University. For 16 years she was the Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns in Lowell, MA. She writes the popular farming, knitting and lifestyle blog http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/

Kristin is known for her innovative use of bright colors and textures. Many of her designs feature the Fair Isle knitting technique and many of the projects are worked in the round on circular and double pointed needles.

Kristin and her family have a sheep flock of over 250 breeding ewes. The sheep are raised for meat with they sell at local Farmers' Markets in western Massachusetts. Their two border collies, Phoebe and Ness, help herd the sheep and keep everyone in line.

Kristin hosts Knitting Retreats on her farm a few times a year where knitters come to learn about colorwork, design, and living on a working sheep farm.

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This book is quite inspiring and cheerful.
Angela Book
We both like Colorful Stitches because the instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the projects included are a visual treat.
ANCO
I received the book and made two projects over the weekend and have plans for a couple of more.
WWWood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sheiling on February 19, 2007
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I must have 7 bookshelves of sewing/stitchery/needlework books and from among those this book rates an A+++. I *love* the "hand" of wool and she offers many ideas, photos, and clear, inspirational guidelines.

I stitch alone, I stitch in several styles, and I often stitch with a 13 year old granddaughter and we both found several ideas we plan to adapt and/or copy. By next Christmas we'll probably have created over 80% of our gifts, all from this book.

The author's writing is gracious and clear and leads me back to reading her words again and again. There's more to this than just "directions" but the directions are terrific as well.....even a 13 year old can attest to that.

HIGHLY recommended!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By spaz nasty on October 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I never thought that I was capable - let alone would enjoy - embroidery, but once again Kristen has lured me into the world of textile arts with fun, unique, interesting, and easy-to-follow projects that even a novice would be proud to call their own. Your friends and family will be impressed: Wouldn't a hand made teddy bear make a fabulous baby shower gift? What about a hand embroidered wedding blanket? Or you could make embroidered linens for Gramma, just like she did for you! You can do it all with Kristen's book no matter what your level of expertise. Really. I swear.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Becca on November 1, 2005
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I just got COLORFUL STITCHERY in the mail, this past weekend, and started (and finished) my first project. The designs are so easy to follow. It took me no time at all to get in the groove. Hoorah for another awesome book by Kristin Nicholas!!!

I have to add a bit about the illustrations: I love 'em. I've loved them in KIDS KNITTING and in KIDS EMBROIDERY (both of which are also great books!!!).

I'm so psyched for this book. I can't wait until work ends and I can go home to start my next project!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Held on November 30, 2005
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I had never done this type of work before but when I saw this book in a local store I was intrigued. The step by step instructions on how to do each type of stitch and pattern make it so easy that I have made 7 pillows in the past month, and some only take a few short hours! I recommend this book highly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 18, 2006
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Embroidery projects usually focus on clothing, but they can be used to personalize a home, too - as embroiderer Kristin Nicholas demonstrates in COLORFUL STITCHERY: 65 HOT EMBROIDERY PROJECTS TO PERSONALIZE YOUR HOME. From dragonflies on pillows to lap blankets, egg cozies, and more, these colorful embroidery projects lend to gift-giving as much as home embellishment. Each comes with a full-page picture and easy details on fabric choice, notions and stitches.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Birkeland on April 22, 2006
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The projects are so well explained in word and picture...hand drawn by he auhor artist: indeed the whole book is a work of art in itself. Every page a gem of color and inspiration and just plain fun! See page 172 for a fabulous project for oneself or a birthday party activity. This book is like a smile: everyone should have one......Claudia Birkeland
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Johnson on June 25, 2009
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This book is not for the experienced crafter. If I had had the opportunity to flip though it before purchasing, I wouldn't have purchased it. With that said, I do think it could be useful for someone young and new to crafting. It has some good basic information and cute projects. I sent it to my 23 year old daughter and she is enjoying it much more than I.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Book on February 21, 2009
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This book is quite inspiring and cheerful. You begin to think of your ideas after seeing the projects here. I highly recommend this book.
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