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Understated and gorgeous, The Hand-Stitched Flower Garden is a book of delicate decorative stitching motifs inspired by nature, coupled with a collection of twenty projects to create by mixing and matching the designs.
Organized by season, the book offers a gallery of embroidery patterns reflecting the beauty and variety of the garden - from tulips, sunflowers, asters, and violets, to little bumblebees, ladybugs, and dragonflies - all made using surface stitches, dimensional stitches, and bead embroidery.
Each season begins with two spreads showcasing stunning embroidery motifs in a visual catalog which lets the reader select a desired design. Spring includes classic symbols of the season, such as magnolia blossoms, daffodils, tulips, and lavender. Here, too, are garden creatures like butterflies and ladybugs. In Summer, come the sunflowers, cosmos, and other bright blooms, as well as summer fruits. Fall's bounty features colorful leaves along with acorns, chestnuts, dragonflies, and asters. And when Winter arrives, the poinsettias, camellias, and evergreens are vibrant against the snowy backdrop, which sparkles with light thanks to the addition of beads and sequins.
Following the motif selector pages, the author guides the reader through season-specific projects. Whether it's a hanger cover, a cell phone case, coasters, or jewelry, each project can be created exactly as shown, or can easily be customized by substituting different designs from the gallery. Again arranged by season, the projects include detailed directions, photographs of the steps, and actual-size templates where appropriate.
All the essential information about tools, techniques, and stitches, as well as the templates, can be found at the back of the book.
YUKI SUGASHIMA is a floral designer turned handcrafter. Creating under the name Y*Handmade, she designs and sells her work at her online shops and at handcraft events in Japan. At the age of seven, Yuki moved from Japan to the U.S., where she lived for twenty years. Upon returning to Japan, she pursued her love of crafts, including embroidery, beadwork, knitting, spinning, natural dyeing, and sewing. She is a contributor to The Needlecraft Style Directory, published by Barron's Educational, and shares her creative life on her blog at http://yhandmade.wordpress.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter One / A Year in Stitches Spring Summer Fall Winter
Chapter Two/ Projects Spring Spring is a time for making fresh starts, so projects focus on redecorating the home. Projects include Sewing machine cover Pincushion Scissors cover Curtain ties Hanger cover Doily
Summer Summer is a time to head outdoors and the projects here will accompnay you on your adventures. Projects include Drawstring bag Keychain Book cover Cell phone case
Fall A time to gather with friends and family to celebrate and appreciate nature's bounty -- with a touch of handmade warmth, any meal will become a memorable success. Projects include Table linens Placemats Napkin rings Cutlery case Egg cozy Coasters
Winter Winter is a busy and social time with parties, engagements, and commitments galore - occasions that call for a little dressing up. Projects include Brooch Hair clip Pendant Shoe clips
Chapter Three / Tools, Techniques, Stitches, Templates All the practical information necessary to stitch the embroideries
Tools and Materials Needles Threads Fabrics Frame
Techniques Adapting and combining designs Resizing Flipping Selecting threads and stitches Preparing the fabric Transferring the design Using a frame Starting and ending threads Finishing touches
Stitch Dictionary A stitch dictionary demonstrates the different stitches used to create the flower embroideries, including satin stitch, long and short stitch, outline stitch, back stitch, French knots. Adapting designs Resizing Flipping Selecting threads and stitches
Templates Flower templates for creating all of the motifs, marked with thread color, number of strands (where applicable), and stitches used.