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Book Review: Sublime Stitching

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.

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3 Responses to Book Review: Sublime Stitching

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    Toucan Scraps June 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    fabulous book, enjoy your new embroidery hobby

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    jenny June 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I LOVE Sublime Stitching and have been using her patters for a few years!!!

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    Chrisi June 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Have it! Love it! For every level embroiderer. Follow her on Facebook too. She’s fun.