Stitch Zakka – 26 Projects to Sew & Embellish and 25 Embroidery Stitches – Compiled by Gailen Runge
From the back of the book:
Learn 25 basic embroidery stitches and how to transfer embroidery patterns to fabric.
Full-size embroidery designs with instructions for color and stitch placement
This great embroidery and sewing book includes projects from Aneela Hoey, Yoko Saito, Kristyne Czepuryk, Kaari Meng of French General and many more.
The projects in the book feature the COSMO embroidery floss from the Japanese manufacturer Lecien and the opening of the book gives a brief history of the Lecien company.
I had to look up the word zakka and found that it literally means ‘many things’. In this case it refers to a fashion and design trend that includes “everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance”. You can read more about zakka here.
Um yeah, that definition pretty much sums up my “Delight in a Creative Life” tagline.
Here are some details about the book:
- 22 Projects
- 25 Embroidery Stitches
- Full size patterns
- Detailed sewing and stitching instructions for each project
- Embroidery how-to and basic stitch instructions
- Contributor bios
- 143 Pages
- MSRP $24.95 USD
I love that the projects have a wide range of styles from sweet to classic and vintage to modern. There are also smaller, quick to stitch projects as well as larger wall hangings that are more time intensive.
I can also see how some of the stitching and project basics could be used in other ways to create unlimited projects to decorate your home or to give as gifts. For instance, the Rose Pillow Doll could be stitched onto a larger pillow case for a young girls’ room and not cut out and stuffed as shown in the book. It would make a sweet little friend to cozy up to at night and tell secrets to.
I rarely get books compiled by many artists where I like a majority of the projects but this book is definitely the exception. I can’t find a project in the whole thing that I don’t love.
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