Grab a needle and thread and start stitching today! If you love fabric and love embellishing, then this book is for you. Learn how to get the handmade look the easy way, with simple and fun step-by-step projects, advice on fabric, threads and finishing, and inspiring color photographs. The art of creating beautiful patterns in fabric and thread is easy enough for anyone to do. Get started right away, with quick-stitch ideas for charming gifts to share with family and friends. Projects include pillows, pictures, greeting cards, gift tags, party decorations, storage solutions, home décor, and much, much more. Start Stitching introduces you to all of today's most popular stitches, including crewel, long stitch, blackwork, cross stitching, needlepoint, French knots, and Sashiko. Then discover wonderful creative techniques for embellishing your stitched makes, including appliqué, beading, embroidery, ribbons, buttons, and other fun ideas.