Book Review: Stitch & Sew

I told you earlier about my “fabric diet” and then now my continued commitment to it.  Well, I’m trying not to go crazy buying other things, but it’s hard.  It’s like a whole new world opened up for me.  Previously I would always buy fabric and the “other things” were too expensive.  Now I’m a bit more onto a “it’s okay to buy things”…if it’s going to help you use the things you already have.

Anyway…I bought this book….Stitch & Sew by Aneela Hoey.

I found the book at the same time I bought another book and ended up buying them both….a little much buying two books, I know, but I loved this one…at least I did by the little bit I saw.

I’m a sucker for embroidery.  I love it.  I wish I had more time for it.  The book is great with instructions on how to embroider if you haven’t before.

It also has the pattern for a little book that you can make that shows your practice stitches.

The book would be adorable.

There are instructions for stitches and instructions that show how to make the book.

The premise of the book is to show a project.  In this case a drawstring pouch.  Then several designs are show for stitching.  You can pick whatever one you want to make.

Here’s a little more of instructions for this bag….

and then a pattern for the stitching is shown like this.

Options for other drawstring bags are also shown.

Here are options for the “clutch”.

Then directions for the embroidery portion of each.

Then the pouch….

There are six different projects with variations of each of them.  This is a photo of the projects.

Right now, for me, the book is eye candy.  I sure hope it doesn’t stay that way.  I’ve long been a person who loves embroidery.  I hope I can find some time to do it.  Some of these designs and stitches I haven’t tried before and I sure would like to get a chance to work on some.  Oh my…this has me wanting to see other books by Aneela Hoey.

How fun is this…Shortly after I got the book I was thrifting.  They had zippers there….

I saw that they weren’t marked with a store tag so I took them to the counter and asked for a price… 10 cents each.  There were all sorts of fun colors….perfect for some of these projects.  So..I bought them.  So now I’m even a little more committed to the project.

Are you an embroider or is it only me that loves it??

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Stitch & Sew”

  1. I love embroidery. I have several of Gail Pan’s books. Last winter I embroidered 25 little squares that I am going to cut in to make pincushions and needle books. They’re lovely to give as simple gifts. Just curious, did you finish your EPP project?

  2. Rosie Westerhold

    I learned to embroider when I was young, like 7 or 8. I’m a leftie so don’t know how I learned it back then. Now, I prefer counted cross-stitch with some fancy stitches thrown in here and there. The counted cross-stitch seems more precise to me than embroidery. I’ve tried to re-learn a few stitches from books, but it’s pretty tricky since I’m a left-handed stitcher. I need diagrams that are specifically designed for lefties. It’s hard to just reverse it in my mind. I need the diagrams that shows the left-handed way to do it. Haven’t found an embroidery book that has specific left-handed instructions yet. But I haven’t been looking very hard, either. I have PLENTY going on with mostly quilting projects and a few counted cross-stitch pieces thrown in. Any other lefties out there who have successfully mastered how to embroider using your left hand?

  3. You might not have time or enough inclination to try embroidery right now, Jo, but there is always the future!! Some day will be the right day and the right time. If not in your lifetime, one of your daughters will appreciate your embroidery stuff stash.

  4. I also learned to embroider when I was about 8. My grandma gave me some pillowcases to learn on. They weren’t marked it, was my own design. From there I went on to other things like dish towels and printed pillowcases which the other grandma crocheted on for me. These were for my hope chest. Then on to counted crossstitch, which I still love! Such cute things in your books. 10 cents a zipper is really a steal! Wow! Have fun!

  5. Michele Peckham

    I love embroidery work. Helps pass the time away when my husband watches sports. I recently did the 50 state birds and flowers blocks. Still waiting to find right material for putting them into a quilt.

  6. While I appreciate the beauty of embroidery, mine is never great, so I’ll stick to EPP for my hand projects. I can, however, get on board with 10 cent zippers! Score!

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