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Product Details

  • Series: Not Your Mama's
  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470095164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470095164
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Forget the fair young maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her hope chest. Picture a liberated lass (that would be you) creating chic fashions and accessories while sipping a glass of whatever and saving the planet. Not Your Mama's Stitching lets you choose from more than twenty projects to make or embellish home décor items, garments, accessories, gifts, and more.

It covers:

  • The tools and materials that no stitcher should be without

  • Basic stitching skills such as starting a thread, tying off, and finishing your piece

  • A myriad of embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint stitches

  • Projects ranging from a tattooed tank top to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired wallet to a drinks recipe box

  • Variations and ideas for customizing every project

Make everyday items one-of-a-kind, or whip up your own creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy attitude and fun, funky projects, Not Your Mama's Stitching will have you in stitches in no time.

About the Author

Kate Shoup Welsh has written or co-written several books, including Not Your Mama's Beading and The Agassi Story. She has also cowritten a screenplay and worked as the Sports Editor for NUVO Newsweekly.

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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mom's Reading Again on July 10, 2007
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I was looking for a book to learn some basic embroidery techniques, and for some simple, fun project ideas that were not too "old-fashioned" or flowery. But this book went too far in the other direction, and was too trendy and sassy for my liking.

Although I did like some of the project ideas and designs, this book mostly spent more time trying to be cheeky and hip (with project titles like "Laptop Dance" for a laptop case design, or "Tie Me Up" for a man's tie project that no man I know would ever wear, or "Wash Your Damn Hands" on a hand towel) than just teaching skills and techniques. It was way too wordy, trying too hard to be fun and funky. The instructions were not very concise or easy to follow, and there were hardly any photos or diagrams to show techniques.

I returned this book, and found a book in my library that is exactly what I was looking for, and will be ordering that instead: "Embroidery Basics" by Betty Barnden.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Janet Perry VINE VOICE on March 11, 2008
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Kate Shoup Welsh, Wiley, 2008, ISBN 978-0-470-09516-4. $14.99

Don't you just love this title? It's lways bothered me that needlework, especially needlepoint, had such a stuffy reputatio. I kee[ thinking about Cosmo's wife in the movie Topper.

So I am as happy as can be with the developments which are making stitching unstuffy.

And this book really delivers on its promise, starting from the very beginning and delivering instruction and great projects in an engaging style.

The book is divided into two sections. The first covers the basics including what to buy, a history of needlework, techniques, and stitches. It's outstanding at showing the different types of materials, how techniques differ, and what supplies to buy. Something I rarely see in any beginner's book are the charts which display coverage of different threads, different types of fabric & the techniques used on them, and what size needle to use. It's one of the most useful parts of the book, With this you won't end up with huge mismatches in materials.

In the chapter on techniques you will learn more useful stuff like how to tape and mount fabric, ways to start your thread, and finishing techniques. The stitch chapter has enough different stitches to get you started.

The second section of the book has 24 projects, including ones from well-known stitchers like Amy Holbrook of AMH Designs and Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To. Each project tells you up front the technique, the cost, and the skill level needed.

The instructions are clear and really complete.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Shearer on April 30, 2010
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I bought this book for my DIL who would like to stitch but doesn't have a lot of free time. She also likes more contemporary decorating tips. The pictures are great, and the ideas are really clever.
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By Lynn Hunt on March 17, 2013
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I was hoping for something like Twisted Stitches. Very disappointed. The vendor I bought it from on Amazon was great and the book was in great condition. No complaints there.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Candice A. Mitchell on August 26, 2010
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I liked the sassy style of the author. It made the information engaging and accessible. This was the A to Z of needle arts! She talked about everything from the history of stitching to what you do if you get red wine on your work. She gave terrific instructions as well. I would highly recommend this book to stitching virgins. However, it must be supplemented if you are also looking for hip cross stitch patterns, as there were only two. I recommend Subversive Cross Stitch as a supplement.
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