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10 easy stitches - over 30 modern embroidery projects using simple stitching
Alicia Burstein
Paperback / softback
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Get your creative juices flowing with the 10 easiest and most popular embroidery stitches! Alicia Burstein expands the boundaries of contemporary hand embroidery with super-fast ideas for the impatient sewist and dazzling motifs for slow stitchers. With just a needle and thread, you can create 30 unique projects to wear, use and display. Learn how easy it is to stitch on unconventional materials such as canvas tennis shoes, a denim skirt or leather bracelets. Change the patterns to fit your unique style, and branch out to create your own custom designs.

  • Master 10 simple, versatile hand embroidery stitches, each with clear instructions
  • Sew more than 30 useful embroidery projects, from household items to clothing and wall art
  • Embroider on anything you want to, and get expert tips for hand stitching on unusual materials and ready-made items

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Alicia Burstein learned cross-stitch at the age of seven and dabbles in almost every craft from painting and needlework to stamping and self-publishing colouring books. She has worked as a nurse and a college instructor and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of the US with her family.

A fab-u-lous modern embroidery book. Having recently re-taken up embroidery and wished to improve my skills, I recommend this book it has everything and more. It's in sections starting with learning tips up-to more complex work. There are fabulous projects to be had not your usual floral or sampler.

Customer review - Suze Lloyd

A lovely book full of simple ideas to incorporate your embroidery stitching into a wide range of projects. Really comprehensive guide to the ten different stitches. Really liked the idea of 'thread sketching' and nice to see that the project ideas are a little bit different to those found in the more traditional embroidery books.

Customer review - Angela Harkness

This is a easy-to-follow embroidery book, split into different sections starting with all you need to know about threads fabric and how to transfer the designs on to almost anything. The section on the 10 easy stitches is very clear and easy to follow.

The next three sections have a variety of ideas for clothing and homeware, there are some lovely ideas which could not only be used as the ideas in the book but also on many other items too.

At the back of the book is a large pull out sheet with all the designs for you to trace or copy on to you chosen fabric.

Overall this is a interesting book for anyone who is either starting to learn embroidery or is a old hand at this lovely craft, worth having on your bookshelf and sure anyone would find their perfect project from this book.

Customer review - Jane Perry

There are fun projects for everyone in this clear and attractively laid out book, and all made with basic embroidery stitches that are easy to pick up, such as Stem stitch, and Split stitch. I found the section on "Transferring Patterns" especially helpful too. The project themes are quite varied, such as "Woodland Animals Nursery art", or the "Heart Rhythm Workout Tank" design. I am looking forward to stitching some "Pretty Girl handkerchiefs" this weekend.

Customer review - Lesley Bambridge

I was given a free review copy of this book and was looking forward to reading through it and I wasn't disappointed. The author is a fan of variegated thread, as am I, so this book had my interest right from the start. The book is split into 4 main sections. The first is the Introduction; where the author tells us this is not a book aimed at the beginner. It is rather a book aimed at those who want to use embroidery stitches in a variety of ways and are happy to improvise and adapt designs to suit circumstances. The second section is Learn It; where the author describes threads, needles, fabrics etc needed to complete the projects. This is where we first meet Tips and Tricks; these sections give additional advice and are worth the cost of the book if you are a beginner. The third section is Stitch It. This is where the 10 stitches are explained, with diagrams, but the tips make this section so much more. A beginner could learn to use these stitches via this section but there is also the scope to use these stitches in a much more advanced way and the author encourages the reader to explore the possibilities. The final section is the meat of the book, or The Fun part - The Projects. This is where the advanced beginner is necessary. You need to transfer the pattern to the item, you need to decide what fabric to use and you often need to choose your stitches. The projects are clearly photographed so you can see what has been achieved but beginners may need more help than offered here. However, if you are able to overcome this the projects can allow your own creativity to take over. The projects cover wearable items, usable items and hang-able items but these can all be interchanged and used in any way you want. I love the range of projects and I can't wait to start stitching. The embroidery on a shirt will be my first, for both myself and my husband and I want to try thread sketching, there is also a beautiful mandala I want to make. I think the author has really tried to produce a book that will allow a beginner to grow and produce items they will be thrilled with. You may not love all the projects, taste varies, but I have found that each project stimulates ideas for my own use and the book certainly encourages this.

Customer review - Chris Jones

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Embroidery - Patterns.|Stitches (Sewing)
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