I received Sharon Boggon's book, Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery, for Christmas. This book is a visual guide of 120 embroidery stitches. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced embroiderer, this book encourages you to create new patterns by playing with the stitches. For example, to manipulate the height and width of a stitch, to overlap and stack stitches, to combine laced and threaded stitches . . . Page 27 has a list of 21 questions to consider when using a particular stitch, such as
- How does this stitch behave on a curve?
- Can this stitch be laced with another thread?
- What happens if I add beads?
You won't be disappointed with the coloured photos throughout the book.
You are probably familiar with Sharon's website, Pintangle. If not, and you are interested in hand embroidery (beginner or experienced), please check it out.
Another TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) challenge started today. So it's time to get your threads and doodle cloth ready for stitching!
More links about hand embroidery:
- Nordic Needle (free patterns)
- Freebie Gallery
- Needle 'n Thread Network (Mary Corbet)
- Jo Butcher, artist
- Emma Mattson, artist
- Needle Work, Needle Painting
- DMC free patterns
- Tanja Berlin, Canadian designer
- EAC, Embroiderers' Association of Canada
- 10 Contemporary Embroidery Artists