Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book cover

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs is my latest book.

For many years visitors to this site who use the stitch dictionary have wanted me to write a book. Well… I am pleased to say I have finally done it. It has been a great pleasure to write it and I hope you enjoy it. The book is aimed at both beginners and experienced embroiderers. I wanted this book to be a little different from books that are stitch collections as I wanted to emphasise that it is perfectly OK to explore varieties and make adaptions in your embroidery. In fact that is a way to develop a personal style.

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery page spread 3A section of the book explores how you can create your own variations and patterns with the stitches. I break the stitches down to their component parts. Then, I draw attention to points in the process of construction where a stitch may be changed and adapted. I call these ‘play points’. This of course is with the aim of create interesting effects and patterns in your embroidery. So although the book has directions for 120 stitch there are numerous improvisations to be explored. I hope people find this both useful and inspirational.

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery page spread 4The contents page has visual index. Embroiderers are visual people and often we are in the situation where we remember the look of a stitch but not the name. With this type of index you can cast your eye over the photos in order to find the stitch. I think this will be very useful. Of course there is an index at the back of the book too!

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery page spread 1There are 120 stitches in the book each with step by step photos for both right and left handed stitchers. This is not a project book but a reference book. For those readers who were hoping that all the stitches in the Pintangle Stitch dictionary are in the book I am sorry to say I have too many stitches to fit in one book. When we realised that I had to make a selection of stitches I decided I wanted to make it an interesting selection! So I added some new stitches – in other words there are some stitches that are not in the pintangle stitch dictionary. For those seasoned embroiderers you may spot the odd stitch that is new to you.

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery page spread 2So to summerise Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery includes 120 stitches, that are illustrated with step-by-step photos for both left and right hand embroiderers. It is a modern twist on surface embroidery stitches that is aimed at both the beginner or a seasoned embroiderer. The book is profusely illustrated with loads of samples to inspire and give you fresh ideas. I illustrate how tiny tweaks to each stitch can produce adaptions and variations. I hope this book with take you on a creative journey that leads your needlework to unexpected joyful places.

Where can you obtain it? Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs is not self published. C&T (my publishers) are a huge publishing house that distributes world wide.   You can get it from online book sellers like Booktopia (in Australia) Bookdepository, Amazon and physical places such as bookstores, quilt and needlework shops. You can follow this link buy my book  Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs from Amazon. (This is an affiliated link and of course I will make a commission on it. )

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