By Nicole Blum
Those one hundred and one artistic stitching tasks can all be accomplished in lower than a day--some in below an hour! Playful and creative, the initiatives comprise garments for every age, components, domestic decor goods, and furniture. such a lot characteristic elaborations and ornamental results -- easy touches that customize a venture with attraction -- and use fascinating textural materials, resembling jersey knits, linen, and felt...even paper and vinyl! The authors stroll readers during the stitching fundamentals, demystify the misplaced artwork of easy pattern-making, supply visible courses to stitches, and provides effortless directions for options comparable to applique, doodle-stitching, and layering of materials.
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As you sew, know that mistakes are an important part of the process. Remember that even the project you feel like scrapping has value in what it’s taught you. No home ec teacher is going to be judging your stitches; no reality-TV show judge is going to critique your cut. The only person you need to please is yourself. Keep a playful mind-set, keep at it, and soon you’ll have a closet of cool custom-fit looks, a home filled with artful touches, and a life filled with friends and families who’ve been the happy recipients of your handmade gifts.
Nicole’s grandmother didn’t sew, and her mom didn’t sew. She steered clear of home economics in school and had a distorted image of sewing as a really difficult process with a lot of terminology, a lot of markings that made no sense to her, and a world of books that were too technical to be interesting. She came to it as an adult with a general DIY approach to her life. Debra has been intimidated by sewing machines all her life, and in fact spent years avoiding buying one, as they seemed to promise only guilt and frustration.
A few of our designs are a bit involved, but most of the projects are fast and fuss-free, because that’s what fits our lives and our natures. If you similarly have more desire to create than you have time to do it, you’ll be right at home here. We’re well aware that our approach is unconventional, and that’s likely because neither of us has a traditional background in sewing. Nicole’s grandmother didn’t sew, and her mom didn’t sew. She steered clear of home economics in school and had a distorted image of sewing as a really difficult process with a lot of terminology, a lot of markings that made no sense to her, and a world of books that were too technical to be interesting.