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Treasury Of Crazyquilt Stitches Paperback – Illustrated, September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society; Ill edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574327283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574327281
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

In 1981, Dorothy Bond self-published Crazy Quilt Stitches, perhaps the first compilation of sketches of embroidery stitches found on the seams of old crazy-patch quilts. For two decades, the "brown book," as it came to be called, was a valuable source for designers of crazy quilts. Continuing that tradition, Samples has collected and classified thousands of decorative stitches, both antique stitch combinations and new stitches of her own creation. Like its predecessor, this treasury is a collection of stitch and stitch combination drawings--not a "how-to" or project book. Samples's extensive "Crazyquilter's Reading List" refers the reader to other books on embroidery techniques with specific information on forming the stitches and to project books for patterns and photographs of crazy quilts. A recommended reference source for embroidery and quilting collections in public and academic settings.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Packs in a treasury of stitches sure to delight those already interested in producing crazy quilts. -The Bookwatch

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Customer Reviews

Lots and lots of wonderful information and stitches.
Cathy L. Sowa
The stitch combinations listed in the book have given me lots of ideas for my own seam treatments.
D. Davis
I bought this book after it was recommended to me at my crazy quilt guild meeting.
istitchnstitch

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cathy L. Sowa on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Wonderful to read and a very thorough treatment of the subject. Lots and lots of wonderful information and stitches. An excellent resource for all levels of crazy patch quilting. Also very good quality paper - for those of us who notice those things. A wonderful addition to a quilter's library.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2003
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I agree with the last review that said you really need to be experienced in a few of the stitches, but once you have mastered the main stitches you can go anywhere with this book. Maybe a review of how to do the basic stitches would help those who are inexperienced, but I found that everything shown was simple once you broke it down into those individual basic stitches. I'd encourage anyone to buy a basic book first and learn before venturing into this one, but it is fantastic for those of us who need ideas and designs for our simple or ornate crazy quilt tops. Thank you Carole Samples!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2001
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This book is wonderful for just seeing the stitches, but it gives absolutely no instructions at all. I wish I had read the reviews before I bought it. Would probably be a great book for an experienced crazy quilt maker, but it is definately not for the beginner
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2002
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I recently bought this book and found it to be a very comprehensive book for crazyquilt and embroidery stitches. There are a couple of problems though. The photograghs are printed in browns, beiges and cream colors not in black and white, or in color. The brown photos make it rather difficult to see the stitches clearly. Many of the photos are very muted and stitch patterns do not show up well at all. The photograhs really needed to be printed in color to get the full effect of the stitches. The other problem is that if you are a beginning crazyquilt stitcher this is not a good book to start with as there are few if any stitch instructions. Some of the more complicated stitch patterns really needed some instructions. Taking an educated guess on how to do some of these beautiful stitches may take more time than some readers want to spend. I am glad I bought the book and I am sure I will use it as a guide for many quilt and embroidery projects.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alexis on October 15, 2004
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I love this book. I took out about 10 books from the library and settled on (and bought) this one because the collection is so complete (it's over the top actually). Granted, there are not detailed instructions for each stitch (if there were, it'd have to limit the number of stitches). Also, it is easy to lose yourself in the book -- definitely mark a stitch once you've found it because finding a particular stitch again is challenging. There are so many gorgeous stitches that I did not see anywhere else. If you go through the trouble of making a crazy quilt, you'll want the unique stitches in here.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "glorypea" on January 8, 2004
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Any needleworker - making a crazy quilt or not - will be amazed at this wonderful book. Ms. Samples has clearly invested a lot of time into her research and has presented us with not only solid historical documentation but also with a platform for delving off into new uses and combinations for these glorious stitches. As for the complaints that the book has no specific stitching instructions, that is true, but a beginner embroiderer with a stitch encyclopedia should have little trouble since the stitches are grouped and labelled by their most prominent basic stitch, i.e., "blanket stitch," "feathered chain," etc. The only suggestion for improvement I have is that the text portions be printed in a different font.
I highly recommend this book to any needle artist. Just have your needle and floss nearby once you start looking at it!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By istitchnstitch on March 22, 2002
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I bought this book after it was recommended to me at my crazy quilt guild meeting. I have read it from cover to cover and it is by far the best crazy quilt book on embroidery stitches ever. Carole explains hisory of crazy quilting and best of all the different stitch combinations are just wonderful. If your like me and get hung up on the same old stitches and want to add on to stitches you have just done this is the best book. I now use it as my main crazy quilt book for new stitching ideas. I do wish it was spiral bound so it would lay flat in front of me when I use it........which is quite often. Thanks Karen, Woodstown, NJ
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By pwindsinspirations on November 9, 2006
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This is more of a reference book Mostly with drawings on brown paper making the stitches hard to see and no actuall instructions to guide you if you have never done them before. There are Many more books better for first timers Such as "The Magic of Crazy Quilting" by J Marsha Michler. It has nice black & white Drawings and color photos showing the stitches. THEN maybe this book will be helpfull...if you can get past the brown colored paper and black drawings. CHECK THIS ONE OUT OF THE LIBRARY FIRST! There is a book called "The Embroidery Stitch Bible" by Betty Barnden. It is a Nice 250 page Full Color Spirial Bound Book Just Loaded With Stitches For All Types Of Projects. A worthwhile investment if you do other things besides just quilting.
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