Handsewn: The Essential Techniques for Tailoring and Embellishment

Handsewn offers step-by-step instructions for a comprehensive collection of hand-finishing and embellishing techniques. This resource will help you take your handsewing to the next level!

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Take handsewing to the next level!

Sewists are developing increasing interest in heritage handsewing techniques that add beautiful or couturelike finishing touches to the final project. Small handfinished details can quickly become a testament to the style, creativity, and skill of the sewist.

Handsewn offers step-by-step instructions for a comprehensive collection of hand-finishing and embellishing techniques, including hems, edges, buttonholes, cuffs, tacking layers and linings, attaching or inserting fabric and trims, embroidery, quilting, applique, and cutwork, among others.

In addition to the stitch technique directory, a section at the beginning covers supplies, tips and tricks, and how to troubleshoot mistakes. The book also includes illustrations and templates of sample decorative motifs with advice for using, transferring, and combining motifs, as well as creating one's own.

Handsewn is an encyclopedic reference guide to all the hand-finishing techniques that elevate a good sewing project into something outstanding.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Stitching Essentials
Tools and Equipment
Beads buttons and other additions
Finishing tips and tricks

Chapter 2: Stitch Directory
Back stitch
Slip stitch
Tailors tacks
Arrow heads
Crows foot
Buttonhole stitch
Running stitch
Serge stitch
Ladder stitch
Buttonhole loops
Prick stitch
Herringbone stitch
Bar tacks
Diagonal basting
Pad stitching
Mattress stitch
Over sewing
Fishbone stitch
Swiss darning
Blanket stitch
Stab stitch
French tacks
Slip basting
Chain bar tack
Drawn threadwork
Appliqué stitches
Italian Quilting
Saddle stitching
Smocking stitches
Punch stitches
Pin stitches
Shell gathering
Shisha mirrors
Eyelet holes
Long and short stitch
Sheaf stitch
Split stitch
Feather Stitch
Knotted stitches
Looped stitches
Fly stitch
Chain stitches
Daisy stitch
Seed stitch
Stem stitch
Insertion stitches
Satin stitches
Whipped running and back stitches
Cross stitch
Tent stitches
Crewel work
Florentine stitch
Basket stitch
Braid stitch
And More!

Chapter 3: Directory of Motifs
Designing your own motifs and where to find inspiration
How to combine different motifs
Methods of transferring motifs to fabric
Choosing a stitch or a technique
Motif categories
- Alphabets
- Celebrations
- Children
- Fauna
- Flora
- Food and Drink
- Geometric
- Vintage

About the Author
Margaret Rowan studied textile design at Camberwell School of Art and has been in love with textiles all her life. Starting a successful furnishing business, she also taught textile classes in the mid-1990s. She now teaches knitting and sewing workshops for Rowan Yarns and Liberty's and has her own Rowantree Workshop where she teaches textile crafts.

SKU: 13SW10

Author/Speaker/Editor: Margaret Rowan

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596687561

Number Of Pages: 256

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