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This little bestseller from C&T Publishing is pricey, but for a good reason. Besides featuring Aneela’s wonderful slices-of-life artwork, her style is a little different. There’s a lot of fill-in stitching and texturizing that goes way beyond straight outlines. AND there’s an iron-on transfer sheet pullout so you can immediately start recreating Aneela’s stitched smiles. Don’t worry. If the sheet gets used up, the original patterns are also printed in the book.
--Generation Q Magazine; 11/15/12
Little Stitches contains one hundred of designer Aneela Hoey's hand-drawn illustrations printed on transfer paper to use and reuse. Learn decorative embroidery stitches plus techniques for adding texture. This sweet book includes twelve whimsical, yet practical projects.
--Stitch Gifts; 11/1/12
I’d never held an embroidery hoop in my life, but an hour after checking out Little Stitches by Aneela Hoey, I found myself planted on the couch, obsessed with my new hobby. Little Stitches‘ illustrated instructions on stitch basics are perfect for beginners, but Hoey’s fresh patterns should appeal to stitchers of all expertise. Within a few days I’d completed my adorable empire state building needle case (page 38). With its practical projects and delightful patterns, Little Stitchesmakes an inexpensive hobby even more accessible. And really, I just can’t get over the adorable patterns! Check it out!
--murraylibrary.org, January 20, 2013
The wordembroidery may conjure up a troop of listless young women waiting and hoping for their Mr Darcy to turn up, or your nana's posy-edged table-cloth, but Aneela Hoey brings embroidery right up to date in Little Stitches. Gone are the days when embroidery was all about alphabets and floral motifs. Your designs can be as modern as you like - from sewing machines and snow globes, to jugs of lemonade and treehouses, and Hoey's twelve whimsical, practical project tutorials show you how to put them to best use. In particular, embroidery is suited to making keepsakes and gifts, just as days gone by, but Hoey's pincushion features a taxi, and her needle case has theEmpireStateBuildingon the front. Included in this colorful and detailed guide to stitching, 21st Century-style, are more than 100 appealing illustrations printed on to transfer paper so that you can use and re-use them time and again. Embroidery, unlike some other crafts, can be taken along anywhere you go, and once you've mastered the basic stitches with Hoey's help, you'll want to embroider everything that doesn't move!
Embroidery Basics 8
All the information you need to start stitching
Embroidery Tool Kit
Transferring the Patterns
How to Use the Stitches
Techniques for Special Effects
Embroidering the Projects
I Sewing Tool Kit 34
Lovely Little Keepsakes 37
Practical things to make everyday life a joy
New York Taxi Pincushion 38
Closing Stitches 40
Empire State Building Needle Case 42
Knit One, Purl One Jar Cozy 48
Fabric Loops 51
A Washing Day Zip Pouch 54
Seam Finishes 59
Stitched with Love to Give 63
Handmade gifts with one-of-a-kind style
My Favorite Hobby Horse Cushion Cover 64
Row, Row Your Boat Patchwork Cushion Cover 72
Let's Go Fly a Kite Baby Quilt 78
Christmas Wrapping Stocking 88
Everyday Prettiness 97
Charming stitcheries to brighten your home
Lemonade Coaster 98
Rain, Rain, Go Away Hanging Hoop 104
Lost in Stitch Tissue Box Cover 110
"Oh, My Balloon!" Hot Water Bottle Cover 120
Quiltmaking Techniques 131
Essential information for quilting your handmade treasures
100+ embroidery designs to inspire your creativity
About the Author 152
Online Resources 152
Posted September 28, 2012
What a great book this is..I have always loved and purchased few of Aneela Hoey's embroidery patterns to try. I am almost a novice when it comes to embroidery but this book is such an inspiration to try out the cute characters along with the projects..the book guides you from how to do to finish the project...I started reading the book and got hooked on it till I read and saw all the projects..lovely book a must have.
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