If you’re looking for a great little gift for the crafter in your life (or maybe for yourself), I highly recommend Knot / Thread / Stitch; Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media through Quarry Books. Written by Oakland-based artist Lisa Solomon, the book not only teaches how to embroider but includes cool projects to make stuff with contributors such as Kate Bingaman-Burt, Martha McQuade, Camilla Engman and Heather Smith-Jones to name just a few. From pillow cases to hand-carved stamp designs, the projects are designed to be quick, fun and creative! Let’s take a look:
As Lisa states on her blog:
“I really just wanted to make a book that had cool projects that used embroidery in an interesting and hopefully retro/contemporary way. I thought a lot about how I use my own EXTENSIVE craft book library — I tend to look at the pretty pictures and then figure out a way to incorporate a technique or idea in my own way. I dreamed about handing off my projects to a bunch of my über talented friends — and just seeing what they did with simple parameters. So I gave them project titles and a few ideas but very little other direction. I thought it would be fun to see our wildly different and personal takes side by side — and indeed it really was a treat to see the gorgeous work my friends and colleagues made.”
Knot / Thread / Stitch can be ordered directly from the publisher – Quarry or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indie Bound and (Indigo and Amazon.ca in Canada) and more info on the book and Lisa can be found at her blog here.
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