Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Stitcher’s Companion

At last a book that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about stitching - but never liked to ask ... The Stitcher’s Companion
now you can learn the tips, tricks and wisdom of generations collected in one easy guide for you to enjoy.

Over the last few years hand-stitching has enjoyed a real surge in popularity as people are becoming aware that stitching is fun! No, more than that, it’s stress-relieving, calm-inducing, what-to-give-as-a-gift-problem-solving, penny-saving creativity!

At first sight you might think that stitching is a remarkably easy skill to master – after all what can be so difficult about the simple act of pushing a pointy stick attached to some string through a piece of fabric? Indeed non-stitchers may believe that this act is too easy and boringly repetitive – but stitchers realize that there is a lot more to it than that. Consider the world of creative possibilities that is revealed once you open your eyes to all the options – there’s applique, quilting, tapestry and dressmaking … not to mention Hardanger, blackwork, stumpwork and cross stitch. The world of stitching will take more than a lifetime to explore.

If you consider stitching in its simplest terms it might indeed seem rather strange that a perfectly sane adult human being is happy to spend hours and hours playing with bits of string and pieces of fabric without ever becoming bored.

And of course there are the end results – how will the stitcher use her work? Beautiful hand stitched quilts become family heirlooms, whilst a lovingly-created soft toy is a wonderful personal gift for a favourite child. Applying some embroidered decoration makes mundane items interesting – sheets, pillowcases, tea towels, napkins and tablecloths have all been enhanced by embroidery over centuries past. Women have learned stitching skills from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers down through the generations, and we are the lucky inheritors of this amazing mass of knowledge.

And whether or not you’ve been lucky enough to learn your stitching skills at your mother’s knee, The Stitcher’s Companion will reveal ways of working you may never even have considered before, discuss those essential techniques and terminology and reveal stitching secrets of generations past. Whether you’re an experienced stitcher or a newbie, The Stitcher’s Companion will become your indispensable guide to everything concerning fabric and thread.

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