Satisfying Stitches: Learn Simple Embroidery Techniques and Embrace the Joys of Stitching by Hand (Paperback)
Discover the creative satisfaction and stress-relieving benefits of embroidery while stitching fun, modern, vibrant designs such as flowers, plants, animals, landscapes, and celestial scenes.
Beginning a new creative pursuit can be intimidating, but Satisfying Stitches takes all the guesswork and fear out of getting started with techniques designed to boost confidence and provide relaxation. This easy-to-follow, photo-illustrated guide includes a review of the basic and inexpensive supplies needed to get started, foundational techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating a variety of stitches. As your skills and confidence grow, you will find that stitches that may look advanced are quite simple, and you’ll be able to easily add dimension and texture to your designs.
The exclusive embroidery designs include a wide variety of motifs and patterns, such as houseplants, florals, mushrooms, butterflies, fish, landscapes, and sunsets, in a variety of color palettes. The projects are divided into three levels to match your confidence, skill level, and time.
While most beginner books don’t go beyond a couple of easy stitches, Satisfying Stitches takes the opposite approach, incorporating stitches that pack a big “wow” factor but are quite easy, such as fern stitch, wheatear stitch, thistle flowers, and woven wheel roses. Author Hope Brasfield offers tons of encouragement to beginners and beyond. You’ll learn to embrace imperfection, slow down, and enjoy the process.
You will also discover, as Hope did, that embroidery offers much more than a creative outlet. Focusing on something that requires imagination, handwork, and concentration can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Satisfying Stitches features:
- A wide range of attractive embroidery stitches that can be used to create any embroidery designs
- 18 original embroidery designs for popular motifs
- Detailed step-by-step instructions with clear photographs
- Troubleshooting tips and tricks throughout the book
So much more than pretty patterns, Satisfying Stitches offers an exciting opportunity to gain new skills, become a more confident creative, ditch the smart phone, and de-stress.
About the Author
Hope Brasfield is an embroidery artist, designer, and teacher. She has a master’s degree in applied psychology. Originally from the Gulf Coast of Alabama, she now lives in east Tennessee.
Instagram handle: @hopebroidery
"Embroidery is a breeze in this stellar debut from designer Brasfield. This delightful resource is sure to inspire.”—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
“A mix of crafting and self-help, Satisfying Stitches is a call to make lovely embroidery projects and to craft an experience that is meaningful to the stitcher.”—Foreword Reviews