The Geometry of Hand-sewing

The Geometry of Hand-sewing

A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery From Alabama Chanin and the School of Making

Book - 2017
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Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2017
ISBN: 9781419726637
Characteristics: 143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm


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Jan 11, 2020

One thing I appreciate about this book is that the stitch illustrations show working with either a left hand or a right hand (that is, from either direction - left or right) and the acknowledgment that one should try the direction(s), including vertical, that work best for you, whether you are left-handed or right-handed. This makes the whole learning process a bit more encouraging. Left-handed people are mostly ignored in embroidery stitch tutorials and illustrations.

Feb 02, 2019

Lots of good ideas for stich combinations. Very attractive book and inspiring. I have not yet used this book, but I will keep it in mind for future projects.

Apr 10, 2018

I love Natalie Chanin`s work, but she is not breaking any new ground in realizing embroidery stitches work on a grid. Using templates to mark where the stitches go is just adding an extra step - maybe helpful in learning but useless and impractical in the long run. Patience, practise and developing a feel for how the needle, thread and cloth work together is much more important - but that takes time, and everyone is looking for a shortcut these days.

DPLSaraQT Feb 04, 2018

Amazing book! The founder of fashion line, Alabama Chanin, breaks hand-stitches down into their basic parts. In the back of the book, you'll find two plastic sheets with holes punched in grids to help in practicing the stitches. Please remember to leave the plastic sheets in the book for the next person! :-)

Jan 09, 2018

What a beautiful book! I must admit that the stitchery is a bit beyond my basic-level skills right now, but this is something to work towards. And even with only a few, easy stitches at my fingertips, the imagery inspires ideas.

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