Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To Spiral-bound – Jul 1 2006
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Jenny Hart made embroidery cool before anyone dared to try. Her own embroidery works have been internationally exhibited and are included in the collections of many celebrities. Jenny lives in Austin, Texas, where she runs Sublime Stitching and is a member of the Austin Craft Mafia. She also teaches embroidery classes at Make Workshop in New York City.
Alexandra Grablewski's photographs have appeared in magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple, in addition to several cooking and craft books. She lives in New York City.
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There is a HUGE assortment of patterns in this book! Every theme you could think of for boys, girls, baby, food, lettering, banners etc. I have already used the patterns a dozen times. Theres pouches in the front and back to place cut pattern peices once you've used them, as each peice can be used up to 9 times, or possibly more.
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The transfers section of the book is the majority of it. Actually when I pulled the book out of the box I was very excited, I thought I would have tons of neat designs to embroider. :(
The Sublime stitching website has a lot of awesome, unique and complex designs but the ones in this book are basic at best. Not only are the transfers basic, I don't think they are too stylish. I could draw a little cherry and stem that had more flair. Then it has 2-4 different sizes of each transfer. This is just not needed in todays day and age these resizing can be done quickly with a photocopier or home printer/scanner. I would say save your money and get some transfer paper and use your home printer or books to trace your own patterns.
Also the author warns several times that these transfers may not wash off. Which might be a precaution against the few times the transfer reacts with certain types of fabric. I haven't used my transfers yet because I'm pretty sure I want to return this item.
If you want a lot of basic iron-on patterns with some additional info on embroidery stitches, this is a great book to buy.
The transfers are black ink and are reusable. The book is spiral bound with pockets in the front and back. All in all I really love this book! I learned how to embroider from this book, and have really enjoyed the wide variety of traditional, yet still fun, patterns. It has turned me on to Jenny Hart's patterns, and I have ordered many of her edgier patterns from her site.
Cons of this book: I wish there were more photographed examples of projects. I also wish there were more intructions for more stitches--there are about 15 stitches , but I wish she would have included instructions for the herringbone sitch, fern stitch, etc..... Lastly, as others have said the claim that this book contains "hundreds" of patterns may be a bit misleading for some--while there are hundreds of images, this count includes many repeats in varying sizes or facing a different direction. There are about 100 unique images plus the alphabets.
I will say that I also have the stitch-it-kit, and if you are trying to decide between this book and the kit, definitely get this book.