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9.04.2009

Idea Book: Embroidery for Little Miss Crafty


{Reported by Annie Hafermann} I have always loved to embroider. My mom taught me when I was really young and it's something that has stuck with me (I still cross stitch too....don't roll your eyes...I LOVE IT). I am always adding stitches to my paper crafting projects. I never feel ANY project is complete without it (hand or or machine stitching, so long as there is a good amount of thread going on!) A good ol' back stitch, french knot, or satin stitch adds charm and texture to just about anything. So, when I saw Embroidery for Little Miss Crafty on the shelf at my local book store I just HAD to have a flip through (who could resist with that darling cover!) Just a few pages into my "flip" I knew it was coming home with me. It's chalked full of of fun, whimsical, and funky ideas. And as an extra bonus, the whole layout and design of the book is lovely to look at....feels like a little scrapbook all on it's own.

What it is:
The book starts with a little section on the tools you will need and some basic on "how to" on the various embroidery stitches. It then moves onto a "projects" section featuring 12 unique projects complete with materials lists and step by step written and illustrated instructions (with handy measurements!) These are presented in a very kitsch and fun way, with lots of little quirky illustrations (seriously inspiring on a layout/design basis as well as embroidery project basis.) The projects are diverse, from cards to wall hangings to cell phone cases. The last section is several pages of templates with a "how to use" guide. The templates are very contemporary (I would even say trendy...but trendy in a good way.) Most of the projects in the book are done on fabric of some type, but they could EASILY be put onto paper....endless possibilities!

What I liked:
1.) I LOVE the example projects....SERIOUSLY CUTE and SERIOUSLY INSPIRING. It's truly a book that I could see myself making everything exactly as Helen has done it! All the designs and projects are very contemporary and funky.
2.) The patterns at the back are GREAT!
3.) Good written instructions and illustrations on the basic stitch types. I have always disliked doing split stitch, but somehow, after reading the instructions and looking at the diagram it seems so easy!
4.) Super little tips on getting the patterns onto your projects!

What I disliked:
I can't say I disliked anything about the book, but would have to advise that it is a "beginners" book. If you are an super expert embroiderer, your money might be better spent on a different kind of book. That being said, I've known how to embroider for years and still loved it! I was after the "THESE ARE SUCH CUTE PROJECTS"aspect more than the"how to embroider" aspect .

What I made:

Altered Mini Album (felt + embroidery)



Supplies: Patterned Paper: Rouge de Garance (inside the album), Other:Supermarket plastic sleeved album, felt, DMC floss


This album was inspired by the books first project, an altered journal. I used the same process to cover a cheap-o plastic sleeved album. It was a fairly quick and super fun way to transform a really basic album into a super cute mini album.

Altered Jeans (for my sweet little Addie)

Supplies: Old jeans and DMC floss


These were some totally plain (in an almost painful way) hand-me down jeans that I really only kept as a "mud pie making" pair. When I saw the altered jeans in the book I went right up stairs, dug them out and set to work. After my little one finishes with them they will surely be cut up and scrapbooked (or how cute would those little legs be on the front of a mini album!!!)

Birthday Card:


Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Scallop Punch: Fiskers, Alphabet Stamps: Making Memories, Ink: Stazon, Ribbon: May Arts, Other: felt and DMC floss

This card was inspired by the lapel pins featured in the book. Love how the little circle of handmade goodness translates into a card!!

Where and How Much:
Product Name: Embroidery for Little Miss Crafty
Publisher: Walter Foster
MSRP: $12.95
Where: Amazon.com*, WalterFoster.com, Barnesandnoble.com

What do you think? Do you like to embroider? Do you want to learn how to embroider? What projects have you creating using embroidery? SHARE SHARE SHARE!

7 comments:

Rhayne said...

I, too, have been embroidering ever since I was old enough to hold a needle and still enjoy it. Your projects are really inspiring so I can't imagine how great the book will be for that :o)

Carol's Chatterbox said...

Just checked it out on Amazon and will be trying this soon. Glad to see you back to blogging Annie...your kids are the same age as mine and I love to see what you are up to.

StampingJan said...

I have embroidered, many years ago. Not on my cards or scrapbook though. I may try it...so cute!

Emilie Ahern said...

Soooo totally cute.
I think I am going to have to resurrect my old embroidery supplies and give this a go!

Beedubya said...

Annie, these are all gorgeous! Thanks for the great ideas!

xo Brandi

MandyKay said...

Those jeans are sooo stinkin' cute!!
I am going to have to get this book!

peata said...

love the great ideas.
specially the minis!
making mini albums
mini album blog