Hip to Stitch

Hip to Stitch

by Melinda Barta
     
 

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Ideas for embellishing beautiful garments and home decor to add personal touches are presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and 38 stitch techniques and 20 hand-embroidered projects, in this stylish stitching how-to. Included are motifs to dress up a skirt, day tripper bags, a guitar pick case, a picnic baby bib, a butterfly picture frame,

Overview

Ideas for embellishing beautiful garments and home decor to add personal touches are presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and 38 stitch techniques and 20 hand-embroidered projects, in this stylish stitching how-to. Included are motifs to dress up a skirt, day tripper bags, a guitar pick case, a picnic baby bib, a butterfly picture frame, hand-embroidered pillows, stitched note cards, and heirloom scrapbooks. Throughout the book are helpful tips and hints such as hiding knots and thread tails, sewing a pocket, making durable stitches, and working with silk and wire. In addition to teaching the basics, this guide can make projects ambitious by experimenting with stitches and the number and placement of motifs so that even experienced stitchers will find renewed inspiration for embroidery.

Editorial Reviews

Inspirations
[The designs] are colorful and meaningful—you can imagine wearing, using or making a gift of all of them.
Bangor Daily News
Will appeal to those just learning to embroider and to veterans looking for a fresh approach.
Publishers Weekly
Although this embroidery-centric volume is somewhat dry in attitude, it makes needlework accessible and appealing to a contemporary audience. After an introduction covering embroidery basics, such as fabric, patterns, needles, threads and standard stitches, Barta, a 24-year-old graduate of the BFA program at Colorado State, explains how to complete 20 different projects. They include hair ties, a beaded handbag, a baby bib, a picture frame and kitchen towels. Each project lists specifications (what size the project will be; the threads, fabric and equipment needed; and the stitches involved) and is illustrated with step-by-step instructions. Helpful boxes, such as a list of tools no embroiderer should be without, appear strategically throughout the text. Despite a bland cover, the book's pages are bright, modern and visually appealing, with 45 color photographs, more than 30 easy-to-understand stitch illustrations and 46 pattern illustrations. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This third installment in the "Hip to..." series follows Hip To Knit and Hip To Crochet, both by Judith Schwartz. At the age of 24, Barta (assistant editor, Piecework magazine) can certainly claim to be in the "hip" category. Stitching requires only fabric, thread, and a needle and can be done anywhere, making it ideal for the person on the go. Barta often takes her stitching projects with her on hiking or skiing trips. This book, which will appeal to the stitching novice, begins with an excellent chapter on embroidery basics and two learning projects-one on creating a stitch reference and needle storage book and the other teaching the novice to make colorful, Korean-inspired fabric thimbles. Among the 20 projects featured are several inspired by the scrapbooking craze, such as the Day Tripper Bag and the Family Tree Textile Scrapbook. Sidebar technique sections abound, including tips on bead embroidery and fabric stamping. Generally recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620333075
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Melinda Barta is the managing editor of Beadwork magazine, the former projects editor of PieceWork magazine, and the author of Hip to Stitch. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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