In Stitch Winter 2012, get cozy with fabrics and techniques inspired by the wintry tradition of tucking in by a roaring fire, with a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket and a good book. This 148-page special issue magazine offers 32 simple sewing patterns and snuggle-worthy projects ranging from garments and accessories to home accents and fabulous décor—all inspired by the very best of winter.
Material World: History of American Wool: From Pendleton to Woolrich to famed historical mills and even L.L. Bean, who turns 100 this year, wool has a rich history in the United States. Discover the story behind American wool production, including how wool is carded and spun into fabric.
Sewing Room: Your First Coat: (What the Pattern Instructions Don't Tell You) Making your first coat can be a scary proposition. Here’s how to find a middle ground between couture and slap-dash.
Technique Spotlight: Sewing Wool Coating: What are the different kinds of wool coating? How do you deal with the hemlines and flatten the seams? How do you press? Here is everything you wanted to know about how to sew wool coating fabric.
Pillow Challenge: Three Stitch artists interpret the fabric designs of an indie fabric designer and each create a pillow. This story includes the three pillow projects, as well as a narrative from each artist on how the fabric inspired. The article is a companion to sister magazine Cloth Paper Scissors’ profile on the indie fabric designer's creative process.
Colette: Read about Portland, Ore.,-based indie designer Sarai Mitnick and get an insider’s peek at being a modern pattern designer.
Projects Themes Include:
Wool, Wonderful Wool – Is there anything more wondrous than a gorgeous woolen? Let the wide range of wools and wool blends available inspire your projects, from felt and flannel to gabardines, meltons, tweeds and worsteds. Wool is used in unusual and clever ways to create designs to warm up your heart, home and wardrobe.
Comfy Coats – What’s better than a great coat or jacket to snuggle into when the wintry winds come blowing. Many sewists avoid jackets and coats because of challenging construction, but this section will change their minds with easy patterns and forgiving shapes that don't require excessive fitting or lots of lining. Find creative shortcuts to take the work out of coats and jackets while still getting a stunning result.
Warm Your Heart – Some projects just tug at our heartstrings. For the Warm-Your-Heart section, projects express love (romantic or otherwise), sweet sentiments, and happy notions. Change the world one loving project at a time.
Hearth and Home – Find projects for the spaces and activities in your home that are most useful and comforting to you in the long winter doldrums, from sitting in front of a crackling fire to taking a steaming bubble bath to drinking hot cocoa. These projects make you look forward to cold weather.