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Stitch-It Kit [Misc. Supplies]

Jenny Hart
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

September 9, 2004
Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, the Stitch-It Kit offers everything you need to learn to embroider a tea towel, bib, hankie, or hemline in no time. And it's easy. Inside you'll find a fully illustrated book outlining the basic stitches and techniques, and all the materials you need to get started. Iron-on patterns range from pretty to punk: hula girls, teacups, French poodles, kooky kitties, and more. And each pattern can be used up to nine times.

- Illustrated instructional booklet
- Embroidery needle
- 2 tea towels
- Embroidery hoop
- 7 skeins of colored floss
- 35 reusable iron-on patterns

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About the Author

Jenny Hart has inspired countless crafters to take up embroidery. She founded Sublime Stitching in 2001, the first company to introduce hip designs and fun-to-read instructions to the next generation of needleworkers. Her own works in embroidery have been exhibited and published internationally. Jenny lives in Austin, Texas where she is a founding member of the Austin Craft Mafia. Stitch-It Kit is her first title with Chronicle Books; a second release is planned for fall 2006.

Product Details

  • Misc. Supplies: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Nov edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811843211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811843218
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Hart, artist and designer behind Sublime Stitching, has authored several successful titles for Chronicle Books. Jenny has come to be known as the leading designer of contemporary embroidery, credited by many publications with single-handedly reviving the interest in embroidery for a new generation. Hart's own work in embroidery has appeared in international publications from books (Victionary: Illustration / Play; Hong Kong), to countless magazines with varied readership (Real Simple, Lucky, Fibre Arts, Juxtapoz, British Vogue, Lucky, Country Living, ReadyMade) giving her international status as an artist and designer. Jenny lives in Austin, TX. She sells her products online at:

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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The raves are warranted - read on for specifics ... October 22, 2004
Format:Misc. Supplies|Verified Purchase
Yes, Jenny Hart does have the coolest-of-the-cool do-it-yourself craft websites out there, I could rave about Ms. Jenny and her Stitch-It Kit, but everyone else has beat me to the punch-ola. So, I'll give you the low-down on what you'll be getting in exchange for less money than the cost of a McDonald's meal for four ...

First, there's the instruction guide. The book begins with the "Introduction," which explains exactly why embroidery is so cool - it beats the heck out of a night of couch-potato-ing, and you end up with something unique and not a la Target. The "Tools of the Trade" section quickly (notice I didn't say "laboriously") describes the needles, floss, material, hoop, and patterns necessary for a quick-and-simple embroidery project (is there a cheaper hobby out there?). In "Let's Get Started," Ms. Jenny explains how to apply the pattern to the fabric and get the fabric into the hoop - voila! From there, you can quickly jump to the "Stitch Diagrams" section, where the techniques behind the simple stitches known as split stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, scalloping chain, detailed chain (aka laisy daisy stitch), and French knot are explained with step-by-step illustrations. If all you ever did was learn the simple back stitch, you could pop out fabulouso embroidery for the rest of your days. "Behind the Seams" contains some helpful hints, as well provides a platform for Ms. Jenny to decry the evils of fusible interfacing (aren't you glad to know you don't have to search for, buy, or use something as evil-sounding as "fusible interfacing"?). The book ends with one page of online and hard copy resources for embroidery techniques.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from a guy July 13, 2005
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My burly friend Bill, who looks like a trucker, laughed when I told him about how I was so relaxed after spending an evening hand-repairing the seams on a vintage shirt. "You should take up embroidery," he said. I thought he was joking until he showed me all the embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint stuff he had done himself and was very proud of. Heck, if it's good enough for him....

I researched beginner's kits and decided on this one after seeing Jenny Hart on Style Network's hilarious "Craft Corner Deathmatch" show. Her patterns reflect a wry humor and sly satirical style that's perfectly in keeping with my own outlook on life.

The instructions are easy to follow and I completed the first tea towel in a week. I'm working on the second and plotting what else to do. The reusable iron-on patterns are the real star of the kit. Many of them are open to all sorts of variations. One pattern is of a bird holding a banner in its beak that can be filled in with anything you desire. The booklet pictures it on a baby's bib, brightly colored and "YUM" in the banner. For this sarcastic guy, I'm already plotting to put it on a t-shirt, in the same bright colors only saying "BITE ME" on the banner. Or doing it in all black with "NEVERMORE."

I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone interested in embroidery, and it would probably be a great gift for teens. And guys, don't let yourselves be scared off! I've found it's something I can do while I sit and watch TV, it's a good de-stresser, and you can jazz up your hankies and old shirts and ties and whatever else.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have an tablecloth to embroider...
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it really is that easy and fun December 31, 2004
Format:Misc. Supplies
Just fabulous. Clear, straightforward instructions and illustrations, and best of all, truly fun and original patterns that REALLY ARE that easy to stitch.

I wish amazon would show some examples of the patterns in their 'look inside' feature because that's really the best part of this cool little kit, but if you want to check out what the patterns are like, then go to for a preview.

Even the most fumble-fingered crafter (namely, well, ME) can stitch these patterns! But be warned - read all the instructions (doesn't take long) and take Ms Hart's advice on things such as stitching on t-shirt fabric (a pain to do) and how to properly transfer your pattern. She's experienced and can save you a lot of frustration by steering you clear of common mistakes.

Comes with all you need - needles, fabric, patterns, embroidery thread (called floss). Cute little box too!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart Jenny Hart! August 3, 2006
Format:Misc. Supplies
I received the Stitch-It Kit for my birthday in June and ever since I've been stitching up a storm. Initially I saw Jenny Hart's ads in BUST magazine (which you simply MUST check out if you've not already)and thought, "Well.. that's pretty cool. I'd like to try that." Now me, I'm not super-duper crafty to the point where I have my own craft table so I was curious as to whether or not this was going to be a huge ordeal when I actually received the kit; I didn't want the kit to sit off to the side with my Rubix cube, you know? Literally, within 10-15 minutes of opening the box and reading the directions I was well on my way to creating a cherry pattern. (I felt it was appropriate as it was my first time embroidering.) One does not need a background in sewing to do this. That's how simple it is. The site also offers message boards to share your projects, tips, and ideas.

Plus, embroidery is cheap and easy. A skein of thread- you know, the thread you used to use to make friendship bracelets out of back in the day.

Ladies, I am addicted. Bring me another tea towel![...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Granddaughter loves it!
Published 28 days ago by K. A. Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a cute and great starter kit for anybody of any age who...
This is such a cute and great starter kit for anybody of any age who wants to pick up embroidery. I also highly recommend checking out her website and looking at the cute transfers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by alexemery
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Kit
I had never embroidered before purchasing this kit, and it was a great way to get started. It's small, well-pacakged, and has everything you need to get started with embroidery. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mambs
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Disapointing for a Beginner
I should preface this by saying I'm not a beginner to embroidery or most other needlework. I thought this kit, plus Jenny's book, Sublime Stitching would be a good way to try some... Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by J. Hagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kit!
This is a nice little kit. It comes with everything needed to start some projects and get your embroidery juices flowing.
Published on February 17, 2010 by T. Verde
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Kit!
This kit is great! I bought it because I wanted nice, easy projects to try. The instructions are very clear and the templates are cute & versatile- not to mention, cute! Read more
Published on December 1, 2009 by Jaime Stoess
5.0 out of 5 stars my wife loves it
Everything my wife needed to carry out projects immediately. She read the instructions and has really enjoyed completing the projects. Read more
Published on November 16, 2009 by Woody Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Just opened my kit box and it is sooooooo cute! I saw her on "she's crafty" show from Canada then I checked out her website then found her kit here on Ama. Read more
Published on October 20, 2009 by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous introduction to recession-friendly hobby!
Others have already written quite comprehensive reviews, so I'll just say that I'm so glad I got this - it has everything you need to dive right in and teach yourself this... Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun new project
This little kit was exactly what I was looking for.
I think it really does a good job at explaining how to get started (and in a fun way too). Read more
Published on March 29, 2009 by Ema Thoen
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Iron on patterns smudge
I don't know, but go to Jenny's site...

I know if you emailed her she would get back to you..

or go to she has many fans there who use her patterns a LOT and could help you out. :-)
Sep 8, 2006 by Karen Mellentine |  See all 2 posts
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