- Series: Alabama Studio
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Spi Pap/Cr edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419726633
- ISBN-13: 978-1419726637
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making (Alabama Studio) Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Answer: When you take your wistful dreams of designing embroidery and apply practical geometric techniques, you live your romance of creativity and self-expression.
It's so hard to learn brand-new hobby techniques; it seems like if we don't already know how to do it, we'll never know. I've been stitching all my life and have derived the greatest joy when I took a class and learned to make something beautiful that I had been clueless about. One class that particularly inspired me was a linen bellpull on which I learned over 100 different hardanger, hemstitch, insertion and surface stitches. I've wanted to sit down and design my own works but...where to start? This book helps. These are the chapters:
1. A New Way to Think About Sewing and Embroidery
2. For the Love of Tools
3. Basic Stitches
4. Enhancing Stitches
5. Manipulating Grids
6. Patterned Stitches
I own hundreds of needlework books which cover just about every technique imaginable but I just haven't sat myself down to get started. This book might break the tide. It's the practical element of the 2 pages of plastic grids in the back which addresses one of the biggest problems: size. If you want to embroider a pretty border around your shirt cuff, it's not just a question of what decorative stitch but how big the stitches should be. The first grid includes small, medium and large templates for the type of straight stitching on the book's cover. The second grid includes 7 different sizes of circles. It's all mix 'n' match. It's very clear. It's very inspiring. I also recommend these books in sort of same theme of expanding your repertoire of stitches and learning to design:
Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer
Stitch Sampler: The Ultimate Visual Dictionary to Over 200 Classic Stitches
Embroidery Stitches Step-by-step by Lucinda Ganderton (several editions are available on Amazon)
The Embroidered Garden: Stitching through the Seasons of a Flower Garden by Kazuko Aoki
Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples - Motifs
I, along with my sewing friends, make many garments using supplies from Alabama Chanin. We enjoy working and creating together and are so appreciative that Natalie's books are available for guidance. I strongly recommend Natalie's online Craftsy class and buying her maker supplies from her website, as they are superior products that yield the best results, in my opinion. My friend and I took a weekend workshop from Natalie in Florence, Alabama several years ago and it was a wonderful experience. Her newest book here just inspires me more!
Love it. Besides great & clear instructions, it also has thin plastic stitch templates!!! Oh my!
Love Natalie Chanin books!
Can't wait to get started!
It is going to be a treasured book!