Colorful Stitchery: 65 Embroidery Projects to Personalize Your Home

Colorful Stitchery: 65 Embroidery Projects to Personalize Your Home

by Kristin Nicholas
     
 

Embroidery has never looked this good or been so colorful—65 projects to stitch your way to a more colorful home.

     With inspiration and encouragement from designer and colorist Kristin Nicholas, would-be and experienced stitchers alike will find dozens of embroidery projects that add exuberance to every room in the house.

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Overview

Embroidery has never looked this good or been so colorful—65 projects to stitch your way to a more colorful home.

     With inspiration and encouragement from designer and colorist Kristin Nicholas, would-be and experienced stitchers alike will find dozens of embroidery projects that add exuberance to every room in the house. Nicholas's collection opens with pillow covers in dancing colors on unexpected patterns and fabrics, such as stripes and plaids, velvets and corduroys. For kitchens, she offers a joyfully polka-dotted tea cozy or jewel-bright, purchased napkins and tablecloth creatively stitched with floral motifs. Personalized wedding gifts include a luxurious, monogrammed cashmere throw and his-and-hers hot water bottle covers; or for the perfect baby gift, a cozy matching blanket and teddy bear set.
     Many projects feature fabrics from flea markets and thrift shops, with complete how-to on hand-felting and hand-dyeing sweaters and blankets for the very softest, most colorful look. With her ribbon-stitched craft boxes (perfect for scrapbookers), embroidered stationery, and even a pair of espadrilles, the author explores an exciting world of embroidering on unexpected surfaces and materials.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Both homey and hip, Kristin Nicholas's embroidery projects will have you itchin' to get stitchin'. Her friendly, clear directions for cross-stitch to French knot and everything in between will help get you going, and her encouraging tone will inspire you to take your needle in new directions—your own."—Debbie Stoller, author of Stitch 'n Bitch

"Kristin Nicholas has taken all of her exuberance for needlework and packed it into a colorful, informative, and fun book that gives a beginner like me the inspiration and instruction to start stitching up a storm."—Carol Sheehan, former editor-in-chief of Country Home

"Plenty of insight and advice for dreaming up your own designs."—Vogue Patterns

Library Journal
11/01/2014
Nicholas (Color by Kristin) is best known as a knitwear designer who specializes in colorwork, but her career in fiber crafts also includes forays into various styles of embroidery. In this revised and expanded edition of the author's 2005 Colorful Stitchery: 65 Hot Embroidery Projects To Personalize Your Home, Nicholas introduces basic embroidery stitches, along with a variety of easy and colorful home-decor projects (the projects here are the same as in the original title). Similar to her knitting patterns, Nicholas's embroidery patterns explore color and texture, and she uses uncommon fabrics such as repurposed blankets and apparel as backgrounds for her designs. Miniessays discuss the history of embroidery and sewing and provide background on topics ranging from color choices to vintage samplers. The focus is less on mimicking the projects in the book and more on making the designs your own, and there's a brief overview of methods for creating custom designs. VERDICT Hand embroidery is a bona fide trend these days, and this rerelease comes at the perfect time to capitalize on embroidery's resurgence in popularity with buyers who don't have the original. Nicholas's approach will resonate with eco-friendly and green crafters, as well as those interested in mastering embroidery basics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611801675
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
711,459
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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