September 25, 2011
Thoughts of Quilted Sugar Plums
Since its debut, the Pretty Little series has been a pretty big success–and this “best of” compilation presents 100 charming and totally easy needlearts projects from the previous eight books. From cozies, mini-quilts, and organic cotton pillows to pincushions, potholders, patchwork, purses and pouches, these stitched items feature the latest trends in fabric, design, and embellishment, Practical, adorable, and perfect to keep or give as a gift, every appealing.
You can try out a free project and see if you enjoy their style!
by Interweave Press is perfect if you love hand work.
Bringing together simple techniques and beautiful natural fabrics with elegant but easy-to-work designs, this workbook offers first-time stitchers and experienced embroiderers alike a hands-on guide for injecting garments and accessories with a marvelous palette of color. Simple hand-worked embroidery, exquisite natural fabrics, and several cross-craft techniques combine to create 12 striking projects with 20 elegant and contemporary designs.
The embroidery projects, each presented with step-by-step instructions and color illustrations, include a floral motif on a pair of Mexican-style espadrilles, a bull’s-eye pillow created in multicolored wool appliqu+, a beaded evening bag, a crazy patchwork cover for books and pillows, a heart appliqu+ quilt for a children’s bed, traditional floral motifs for a shirt or pair of jeans, and a flame-stitch canvas pillow.
I’m already excited about Christmas pleasures!