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« on: November 10, 2009 07:38:13 AM »

Sponsored Content - Craft Book Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from the new craft book...

A Rainbow of Stitches - Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas
by Agnes Delage-Calvet, Anne Sohier-Fournel, Muriel Brunet and Francoise Ritz



ABOUT THIS BOOK

A Rainbow of Stitches is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one go-to reference. Begin by choosing a motif from this extensive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses. The "Get Stitching" section gives you the basics you need to get started, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs. Each of the following sections, which are arranged by colorfresh greens, pretty pinks, timeless blues, rich reds, and elegant white and taupepresents ideas for embroidering motifs in single colors, showing how much can be achieved with just one color of embroidery floss on a plain background. Includes more than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.





If you haven't tried embroidery or cross-stitch before, a quick look through this book will give you overwhelming proof that you can stitch on virtually anything made from fabric.  More than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment are shown, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.

Each section of the book, which is organized by color--green, ink, blue, red, and white (and taupe)--presents ideas for embroidering a range of accompanying motifs in single colors, sowing how much impact you can get from working with just one color of floss on a plain background.

The prerequisites for stitching are simple and few.  Start by choosing a motif from this extensive and exhaustive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses.  The "Get Stitching" section gives you everything you need to know to get started:  how to work with embroidery floss, fabric, needles, hoops, and how to transfer designs, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs shown in the book.

So dig through your closets and open your dresser drawers to find an item that needs a little extra "something," then take a trip to your local crafts or fabric store to get some basic supplies.  A rainbow of stitches awaits!




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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009 12:59:03 PM »

This book is so cool! What great projects for every level. I whipped up this tree in a little under an hour. I'm gonna make an ornament out of it.



Now...what am I gonna make next! Awesome book!
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2009 02:58:27 AM »

Love the trees!

I own Made in France, by the same authors - this looks like it is an expanded version of that book. If it is the same quality, I would definitely recommend it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009 03:54:41 PM »

This book is already on my wist!
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2009 10:10:46 AM »

Wow. Kittykill - that is awesome!! Such a cute idea to use seed beads as ornaments.
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2009 10:51:19 AM »

Kittykill, I LOVE that!  The beads are a fabulous addition!
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2009 11:12:07 AM »

Here is my first project from the book, a gift for my neighbor from the "red" chapter!

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2009 01:09:38 PM »

That is really pretty batgirl! The stitching around the outside looks so even, I imagine my circle would be wonky!  Smiley

I might need to get this book, right now I have an embroidery book that I borrowed from kittykill that I need to give back to her...but I need to expand my own embroidery library!
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2009 01:11:05 PM »

Aw, that is so pretty!  Agree with the stitching around the outside -- so even, wow.
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2009 03:05:01 PM »

Beautiful! I love redwork!
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