Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stitch Magic

Do you ever see photos of other people's projects, using all these cool techniques, and wonder how they do that? I do! And finally, after reading this book, I know how to do those things!

Stitch Magic is so well done. Not only did Alison Reid write this book about decorative stitching, but she did all the illustrations as well. 

In addition to the pintucking shown above, the book covers pleating, smocking, cording, and other specialty techniques. After an explanation of the method, there are multiple design examples on a small scale.

Then there are larger projects, ranging from pillows to aprons to necklaces.

Did I already say that this book is adorable?

One of these days I'll be able to sit on the couch and handstitch in peace, and I can't wait to try these ideas. I love Oliver+S patterns, and so many of these techniques made me think of adorable ways to use them with their traditional, timeless designs. 

Honeycomb smocking on a Picnic Blouse yoke? Yes please!

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