It’s that time of year when I dig into craft books for inspiration, and ideas for upcoming projects in crafting, sewing and DIY. I have been wanting to do more hand sewing as we head into the cooler part of the year. It’s nice to have a hobby you can do while watching a show, or waiting in the school pick up line.
Craft Book Review
The Hand-Stitched Surface
A while back I received a copy of today’s book for free. I have been reading the craft book The Hand Stitched Surface. It’s a mixed media book for fabric, and paper. The book covers, and has resources for hand stitching, types of stitches, color selection of fabrics, and pattern making. Along with projects, and templates.
The book has 8 fabric projects, all outlined and with photos, and 7 paper projects. There are templates for many of the projects in the book. I really have been wanting to try the coffee addict kitchen towel. This project has a template, which you can find in the back of the book.
Author Lynn Krawczyk talks about slow stitching, about being present, and in the moment. Referring to your artwork, hand stitching. You can read more in the preview of her book.
What’s fun about hand stitching? Being able to take your work with you to work on, getting back to basics of some of the needle crafts that could become a lost art.
What I really like about her book is she uses traditional stitches in modern, and non traditional ways. She covers some fabric basics, tools, and tips for stitching on fabrics. You basically are learning to surface stitch, as you get better with your stitching you can improve or make patterns. Lynn covers basics, along with advanced techniques.
Some of my favorites in this sewing craft book; the boho coasters, kitchen towel DIY, fabric necklace fabric projects, and fabric needle book. The photography is like an art book in itself. If you know a needle crafter or have ever wanted to learn more about needle crafts, they may enjoy this as a great resource.
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What types of hand crafts or sewing do you enjoy doing? Hand stitching? Embroidery? Needlecrafts? Or ?