I have a new fascination with stitching combined with surface design, which lead me to a few books from the library.
Elegant Stitches by Judith Baker Montano is basically a stitch bible. Nothing new there as I already own a couple. What’s brilliant is the section called Crazy Quilt Combinations that shows over 100 combinations of two or more stitches. It’s something I haven’t seen in other stitch bibles. That section alone is worth checking out.
The other book was From Print To Stitch by Janet Edmonds. The book covers several types of surface printing and multiple variations of each type. The author then uses the printed design as a pattern for hand stitching.
I find this book intriguing. The fabric becomes various 3-D objects, such as boxes or bags. The fabric is not used in quilts. I’m a little surprised none of the fabric is incorporated into clothing as a decorative pocket, collar, etc.
I feel like I would need to pick a project first and then create the cloth for it, or the fabric would age in a drawer forever. This technique would be a wonderful choice for a creative play day.
I’ll have to find a small project that would work with this technique and give it a try.