I want to be a hip embroider-er, I really do. My issue is that I am intrigued with the finished look, but I really don’t know WHAT to embroider. I feel like I don’t have time to think of patterns, and even if I did, I would certainly pencil a disaster worthy of Craftfail. Luckily Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart provides the perfect solution to my embroidery woes – I don’t have to think of one pattern, because there are hundreds in this book. In fact the official title is Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To, and it’s published by Chronicle Books. And that’s exactly what the book is.
Before I begin, I want to direct you to Jenny’s website, Sublime Stitching. She’s been in the business of hip embroidery for ten years now, so I would say that you can consider her the expert. Her site features patterns, supplies, a gallery and her blog. It’s a must-see. Now for my five favorite things about this book.
1. The variety of patterns. There’s a little something for everyone, and for every surface: baby/kid, home decor, gift ideas, fashion and more. There are also A TON of patterns. You’ll find more than a few that you want to embroider.
2. The transfer paper. Thank you Jenny and Chronicle – I’m so happy that I don’t have to get transfer paper and figure out how to get the pattern to the fabric. All the pattern pages are transfer paper, and there’s even a pocket in the front to hold the patterns once you’ve taken the pages out.
3. The how-tos for several different stitches. I honestly don’t know much about hand embroidery (since I’ve never tried it) – but I’m picturing a huge wad of floss on the back of my project. I was very thankful for the clear instructions at the front of the book, and now know I can avoid this thread wad. You too can learn to embroider in an afternoon.
4. The additional resources section. Um, I had no idea there was so much information out there for embroidery. Yay! I like it when resources are in one place and I don’t have to go searching around. Who wants to spent 3 days on Google to find the best online and offline sites for a hobby?
5. The doggie patterns. You know I’m a sucker for dogs, and the picture above will show you why I love pattern. Although I highly recommend not becoming the weird dog lady and embroidering pooches on everything.