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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback 16-page b+w double-sided perforated pattern pullout
  • Publication: 22 February 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217695
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £12.99
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10 Easy Stitches


Over 30 Modern Embroidery Projects Using Simple Stitching by Alicia Burstein

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Book Description

Learn 10 simple hand embroidery stitches and make over 30 fun, easy and unique projects.

Get your creative juices flowing with the 10 easiest and most popular embroidery stitches! Alicia Burstein expands the boundaries of contemporary hand embroidery with super-fast ideas for the impatient sewist and dazzling motifs for slow stitchers. With just a needle and thread, you can create 30 unique projects to wear, use and display. Learn how easy it is to stitch on unconventional materials such as canvas tennis shoes, a denim skirt or leather bracelets. Change the patterns to fit your unique style, and branch out to create your own custom designs.

  • Master 10 simple, versatile hand embroidery stitches, each with clear instructions
  • Sew more than 30 useful embroidery projects, from household items to clothing and wall art
  • Embroider on anything you want to, and get expert tips for hand stitching on unusual materials and ready-made items

Table of Contents

Learn It
Needles and Fabric and Thread, Oh My!
Other Stitchy Crafty Supplies 
Transferring Patterns
Projects on Display
The Fun PartThe Projects!
Stitch It 
The Big 10
Straight Stitch
Stem Stitch
Split Stitch
Chain Stitch
Satin Stitch
French Knot
Lazy Daisy
Blanket Stitch
Woven Wheel or Rose

Thread Sketching 
Pile on the Glitz 

Feathered Jean Skirt
Winged Shoes
Collar and Cuffs
Sweater Elbow Patches
Stacking Bracelets
Heart Rhythm Workout Tank
Constellation Mini Hoop Necklace
Trim a Men’s Classic Shirt
Under the Sea Baby Clothes

Beaded Christmas Ornaments
Rainy Day Baby Mobile
Painted Grocery Bag
Reusable Snack Bags
Skull Heating Pack
T. rex Stuffie
Emperor Penguin Pincushion
Pretty Girl Handkerchiefs
Sashiko Book Covers

Thread Sketch an Autumn Tree
Immortalize a Hand Drawing
Gray’s (Not Grey’s!) Anatomy in Blackwork
The Red Thread of Fate
Woodland Animals Nursery Art
Pretty Butterflies
Mandala Dream Catcher
Polar Bear, Snowflakes, and Glass

About the Author


About the Author

About Alicia Burstein

Alicia Burstein learned cross-stitch at the age of seven and dabbles in almost every craft from painting and needlework to stamping and self-publishing colouring books. She has worked as a nurse and a college instructor and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of the US with her family.



For embroidery newbies, this read is a must-have on your shelf! Alicia Burnstein's book teaches you the ten easiest and most popular hand stitches through step-by-step instructions, so that you can apply them to all kinds of makes. What will you embroider first- some plimsolls, a denim skirt or perhaps a leather bracelet?

If you are an advanced beginner and are looking for the intermediate, quick-ish modern project then you have come to the right place. Learn these ten simple stitches and you can make any of the thirty lovely items in this book.

I applaud the beginning of this book which sets out simply who it is intended for. An advanced beginner is what I call an improver, ie somebody who is au fait with the basics and wants to learn some more while having fun making some attractive and useful items. In here you can learn first about all the things you require, both physical and technique to make the projects. Stock your workbox with the right tools, find out about fabrics and threads and discover different options for your finished work. Your embroidery could become a cushion, be framed by a hoop, hung up on dowel rods or decorate a lap blanket or be used as a quilt square. Instructions are given for all these, and there are some very clear diagrams for the ten stitches too. Throughout the author chats to you as though she was in the room which is a great touch, and one which made the book very readable and user friendly. She stresses that no project is too bogged down by detailed instructions so there are plenty of options on how to use it. There are no actual thread lists or even colours given, just basic descriptions of what you need and the sizes (in imperial) plus instructions and a photograph of what it can look like. This might sound a bit vague, but it works as long as you are not a total beginner, as laid out in that list at the front. The items are all either very simple to make up or in a few cases things that already exist (such as a top and skirt) but need revamping or a bit of decoration. The projects are grouped into three categories, and there are helpful thumbnail images at the front for easy selection. Choose from Wear It, Use It or Hang It and decorate your home (and yourself) with such diverse items as a jeans skirt adorned with an embroidered peacock feather, a penguin pincushion, dinosaur shaped pillow, stack of bracelets, your own or your childrens drawings immortalised in simple stitches, beaded Christmas ornaments or a baby mobile. At the back is a pull-out section containing all the patterns to trace or print onto printable fabric.

This really is a book you can have a lot of fun with and use up your stash of not only fabric but embroidery floss, beads, buttons, sequins, glitter and fabric paint. One for the keeper shelf.

Craft Focus April/May 2019

This delightful guide shows crafters how to master 10 simple stitches and create more than 30 fun projects. Alicia Burstein has plenty of quick ideas that can be achieved with a needle and thread, from household items to clothing and wall art. There's also tips for stitching onto unconventional materials such as shoes and denim. 

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