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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As makers, we tend to learn different stitches over time without thinking much about how they relate to one another. But when Natalie Chanin and her Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams began to look at needlework closely, they realized all stitches are based on geometric grid systems--and by using grids as guides, they could make learning stitches, even seemingly elaborate ones, as easy as child's play. In The Geometry of Hand-Sewing Chanin presents their breakthrough method, featuring illustrated instructions (for both right- and left-handed stitchers) for more than 100 stitches--from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone; photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to increase one's repertoire further. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing ( just as children use lacing cards to learn to tie shoes) or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2017.
ISBN: 9781419726637
Characteristics: 143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm + 2 stitching cards


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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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