Just look at this cover......doesn't that make you WANT to get inside and explore what lies within?
In a nutshell...The Hand Stitched Surface Slow Stitching and Mixed-Media Techniques for Fabric and Paper by Lynn Krawczyk is all about stitching, stitching by hand, with a variety of threads on a variety of surfaces.
If you are looking for pre-planned designs, florals or wildlife....this is not the book for you. This book is all about having fun with your stitching....about thinking differently, being free and creative, its not about serious, perfect stitches, it is about releasing your creative, quirky, playful side.
You will begin with great info on the basic tools you need, the needles, their differences, types of threads, fabrics, paper (yes paper) and card that work well to get the best results with your projects.
In addition to clear instructions for many stitches.....you are shown ways to further use each basic stitch to create even more interest with them, and what can be acquired by combining them.
Lynn provides examples exploring colour/ colour combinations and its impact in stitched compositions.
The book contains beautifully photographed instruction and templates for all 15 projects. (8 fabric, 7 paper) .......some I found VERY interesting and others.....hmmm, not so much, but I am aware that not everything appeals to everyone.
Note : The full sized templates can be scanned from the book or downloaded for printing.
You will also be guided through a few Mixed-media techniques, like glue resist/ dyeing, stamp carving/stamping, and making a paper stencil help you add more even interest to the surfaces you'll stitch.
The projects involve improvisational stitching....basically, once you have followed the instructions to get the base of your project ready (what you will actually stitch through) you will make the decisions as to what stitches or combinations you want to use....it's kind of doodling with thread....you make it up as you go along. you can find at Quarto Knows....here or Amazon ......here
Those who know me, know that I am a bit of a perfectionist, I must have order.....improvisational, free form or wonky anything is tough for me, so I decided to test myself a little and try something from the book. This project is way out of my comfort zone but as I work along I am finding it quite interesting.....I started with this composition
began some stitching and continued to make slight changes.
I have to admit.....it is becoming a little addictive.....playing with shape, colour and stitch
Currently still a work in progress...... What will it be and where it will end????? stay tuned LOL!