Hip to Stitch eBook: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread

With this hip eBook, learn the basics of embroidery through 38 easy-to-follow stitch illustrations, 18 intriguing, hand-embroidered projects and two contemporary machine-embroidered projects.

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Needlework is back in vogue because it's fun, easy, and a great way to add personal touches to just about anything. With only a needle, thread, and cloth you can embellish beautiful garments and decor for yourself, and your friends and family. With the Hip to Stitch eBook, you'll learn the basics of embroidery through 38 easy-to-follow stitch illustrations, 18 intriguing, hand-embroidered projects— which can easily be tucked into a tote bag or backpack— and two contemporary machine-embroidered projects.

Sidebars throughout the book are packed with helpful tips and hints and tricks-of-the-trade such as hiding knots and thread tails, and how to sew a pocket. Individual projects include stitched patterns and motifs to dress up your favorite shirt or jean jacket, covered button hair ties, a day tripper bag, a groovy guitar pick case, a whimsical picnic baby bib, a butterfly picture frame, an heirloom-quality scrapbook, embroidered pillows, and more.

Each project is presented with step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and can be made as simple or ambitious as you like by experimenting with stitches and the number and placement of motifs. Even more experienced stitchers are sure to find renewed inspiration in this fresh approach to embroidery. Grab the Hip to Stitch eBook today!

Table of Contents

Getting Started

  • Stitch Reference and Needle Storage Book


  • Korean-Inspired Thimbles
  • For Keeps
    • Cuddle-Up Coat
    • Trendy Hair Ties
    • Family Tree Textile Scrapbook
    • Cozy Crewel Mittens
  • For Gifting
    • Rich Velvet Ribbons and Radiant Beaded Bag
    • Antsy Baby Bib
    • Day Tripper Bag
    • Captured Butterfly Picture Frame
    • Free-Form Gift Tags, Cards, and Notebooks
    • Groovin' Guitar Pick Case
    • Map Your Favorite Escape
  • For The Home
    • Conversion Kitchen Towels
    • No-Tie Easy Dry Cloths for Herbs and Flowers
    • Cocktail Party Apron
    • Which Came First Napkin Rings
    • Hybrid Grid Pillows
    • All-Mine Monogrammed Cases

Suppliers and Industry Resources
Tips And Techniques

  • Avoiding Bulk on the Underside of Your Fabric
  • Backing Your Embroideries: Making Reversible Ribbons
  • Basic Hems: Making Your Own Tea Towels
  • Bead Embroidery 101
  • Choosing Durable Stitches
  • Designing and Embroidered Map
  • Designing Your Own Font Suitable for Monograms
  • Detached Buttonhole Stitch and Shaping Techniques
  • Fabric Stamping 101
  • Hiding Knots and Thread Tails
  • How to Bind a Book
  • How to Sew a Pocket
  • Managing Couched Threads
  • Quick and Easy Hair-Tie Tote
  • Quilting Basics: Piecing and Quilt Tying
  • Sewing Machine Basics
  • Tips for Iron Transfers and Printing on Fabric
  • Understanding and Using Your Sewing Machine's Tension
  • Working with Wool Threads
  • Working with Silk and Wire
About the Author
Melinda Barta is the editor of Beadwork Magazine and the former projects editor of PieceWork Magazine. She frequently appears on television demonstrating craft techniques and has been a guest on the DIY Network’s Uncommon Threads and DIY Scrapbooking shows, the Style Network’s Craft Corner Death Match, and the PBS show Beads, Baubles, and Jewels. She is also the author of Custom Cool Jewelry (Interweave), as well as the teacher in the Bead Fest Video Workshop Custom Collage Charms (Interweave). Melinda has a BFA degree in fiber arts and a minor in apparel design from Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

SKU: EP4872

Author/Speaker/Editor: Melinda Barta

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781620330081

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