Not Your Mama's Stitching: The Cool and Creative Way to by Kate Shoup

By Kate Shoup

Disregard the reasonable younger maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her desire chest. photograph a liberated lass (that will be you) developing stylish models and add-ons whereas sipping a tumbler of no matter what and saving the planet. no longer Your Mama's sewing permits you to make a choice from greater than twenty initiatives to make or adorn domestic decor goods, clothing, add-ons, presents, and more.It covers:The instruments and fabrics that no stitcher could be withoutBasic sewing abilities similar to beginning a thread, tying off, and completing your pieceA myriad of embroidery, move sew, and needlepoint stitchesProjects starting from a tattooed tank best to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired pockets to a beverages recipe boxVariations and ideas for customizing each projectMake daily goods unique, or whip up your individual creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy perspective and enjoyable, funky initiatives, now not Your Mama's sewing could have you in stitches very quickly.

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A light box comes in muy handy here, although a sunny window will work in a pinch. (Often used to view film negatives, a light box is simply a box that has a light inside it and whose top is covered with translucent glass or plastic. ) Alternatively, transfer you’ll want to have some sense of what colors work your design onto your fabric using run-of-thetogether and what colors don’t when constructing mill tracing paper, a transfer pencil (that is, a your design. You’ll also want to ensure that you special wax pencil designed specifically for this don’t overwhelm your design with light colors purpose, often found in the sewing section of or dark colors; instead, strive for a balance.

What size you use depends on other factors. In the case of needlepoint and cross-stitch projects, your needle size will depend largely on—you guessed it—the gauge of your fabric and, by extension, the weight of your thread. qxp 2/20/07 9:05 PM Page 38 continued Fabric Gauge Needle Size 14-count Aida 22 16-count Aida 22 22-count Aida 24 18- to 25-count single even-weave 24 25- to 32-count single even-weave 26 36- to 40-count single even-weave 28 22-count and up Hardanger 28 Determining which needle size is right for your embroidery project involves a bit of experimentation on your part.

Smaller-sized punch needles work well with cotton floss, while larger sizes accommodate yarn and even ribbon. Welcome to the Size Is Right! As I mentioned, the type of needle you use depends on your stitching technique. What size you use depends on other factors. In the case of needlepoint and cross-stitch projects, your needle size will depend largely on—you guessed it—the gauge of your fabric and, by extension, the weight of your thread. qxp 2/20/07 9:05 PM Page 38 continued Fabric Gauge Needle Size 14-count Aida 22 16-count Aida 22 22-count Aida 24 18- to 25-count single even-weave 24 25- to 32-count single even-weave 26 36- to 40-count single even-weave 28 22-count and up Hardanger 28 Determining which needle size is right for your embroidery project involves a bit of experimentation on your part.

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