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Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To Spiral-bound – Jul 1 2006

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  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (July 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811850110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811850117
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Format: Spiral-bound
The actual book section is colourful with lots of pictures, well set up and easy to read, covering all the information you would need to start embroidering. Although I find much better visuals of the actual stitches in "Doodle Stitching" by Aimee Ray, there is cartoon sketches of each stitch covered with full explanation of how to execute them.

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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I love Jenny Hart and anything she puts out. This is my very favourite by her. The embroidery transfers are so amazing and fun to do. I love that the transfers are reusable. There are so many cute designs to choose from. This is definitely the book to buy if your not sure which to order first!
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Decent description of stitches, patterns are not attractive.
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HASH(0xa76c83cc) out of 5 stars Cute patterns, but not as unique as I had hoped for... Jan. 9 2007
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Format: Spiral-bound
When I saw that this book was coming out, I knew that I would have to get it. I love the unique patterns on Jenny Hart's website- they're fun and edgier than the usual flower basket patterns you find at craft stores. That's why I was suprised when I flipped through this book for the first time. The iron-on patterns are sweet (baby bottles and cherries), but so simple that I could have drawn them myself. I suggest actually flipping through the patterns in this book before you buy it.
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HASH(0xa76c6abc) out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected, but... Jan. 3 2007
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Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I admit I bought this book anticipating oodles of yummy embroidery designs by the authoress, akin to the ones she has on her website. I didn't really need the embroidery instructions, which are okay. However, I was disappointed in the number of UNIQUE images; instead, there are less images but they are duplicated in many different sizes (for example, a teacup in several sizes) and none of the designs rival the ones you can buy from her website. I would have liked more flowers and animals, for example. The spiral binding is very nice as is the storage pocket in back; very usable. If you are a beginning embroiderer or just want a book with basic images, this one is fine.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7401ea0) out of 5 stars Disapointed May 25 2007
By Breanna LaRow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
The book is very well made. A nice spiral binding and two pockets for used transfers. The instruction section of the book is short, but easy to follow. I have done some sewing but no embroidery and I didn't have any problems getting started on some basic stitchs

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.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb442bbe8) out of 5 stars A great sequel to the Stitch-It kit! Jan. 2 2007
By K. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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I previously bought the Stitch-It kit, which I'd probably recommend first if you've never done any embroidery. If you have, this is a great book to own. The how-to is short and simple but useful, and there are literally hundreds of patterns, including cats, dogs, letters, words, shoes, make up, rocket ships, baby faces, and more that I can't remember now. Yes, the drawings are a bit simple, but that's part of their charm. Don't forget they can be further embellished! I love that there are so many, I can always find a pattern to embroider! I am giving it four stars rather than five because I was hoping for a more comprehensive section on embroidery stitches.

If you want a lot of basic iron-on patterns with some additional info on embroidery stitches, this is a great book to buy.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7227228) out of 5 stars Great for Beginners May 18 2009
By MidwestMom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
This book taught me how to embroider, and got me addicted to not only embroidery but to Jenny Hart's designs on her website. The first 48 pages of this book is a How-To section with some really beautiful photos of sitched up projects that are really inspirational. The rest of this book are the iron on patterns. The patterns themselves are really nice, now that I have become acquainted with Jenny Hart's designs on her website, I can see why her fans were disappointed with this book because whereas you can find edgy patterns on her website, this book does not feature any of the edginess. To me however, that did not detract from my enjoying the patterns in this book. You will find transfers for: flowers, roses, leaves, vines, butterflies, swans, other birds, borders, dogs, cats, babies, storks, baby items (bottles, booties, strollers, rattles, etc), moons, planets, UFO's, rockets, planes, cars, trucks, flames, dancers, maracas, drums, drinks, fruits, desserts, flatware, breakfast, tea pots, teacups, teabags, paper shades, eyes, lips, words (baby, sweet, wish, love, hello, darling), stars, curliques, musical notes, guitars, saxophones, banners, 2 alphabets (upper and lower case).

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.