Book Gift Idea: Knot Thread Stitch


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 in Canada) and more info on the book and Lisa can be found at her blog here.

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