Sewing is in Nichole Vogelsinger's blood, but it didn't always translate to her fingertips. She spent summers browsing the fabric shop where her grandmother worked, and her mother taught quilting classes, but her initial efforts at sewing were meager at best. The stitching bug finally bit when she received a hand-me-down sewing machine after her first son was born. Nichole began creating embroidery hoop designs in 2012 and has shared her images on Instagram (@wildboho) where her colorful, accessible style has inspired thousands. She is the author of Boho Embroidery: Modern Projects from Traditional Stitches, published by Lucky Spool Media. Nichole describes her work and style as a free-spirited blend of chaos and control and invites stitchers to be unafraid of bending the rules. Follow along with Nichole at wildboho.com.
If you think that hand embroidery is old fashioned, complicated and not for you then this book might make you change your mind. As the subtitle says "Modern projects from traditional stitches" and this is what happens when patterned fabric meets embroidery and gets its style from a boho hippy trend.
I have been a keen hand embroiderer since the age of seven and am always on the lookout for new ways of doing it. This book taps into the current fashion for using embroidery hoops as frames, and for embellishing patterned fabric with stitches. The result is a fun, colorful piece of work that draws on applique and even coloring skills, mixes in some basic freestyle stitches and results in one of the most enjoyable ways I have yet seen to use up lot of bits of fabric. Each of the eight chapters is called Let's Talk About...and you can see what the author has to say about tools, stitches, fabric plus making accessories and looking for inspiration. Every page is filled with bright photographs of materials and finished work and it is easy to get carried along with the author's enthusiasm; I couldn't wait to get started! Discover what thread, materials and tools to buy, learn how to do sixteen simple stitches, choose your fabric and lay it all out. You can add paint and other embellishments, find out about composing your work and how to attach applique cutouts. The stitch diagrams could be larger and more colorful for easy use and tend to look rather lost on the page but fortunately they are all chosen for their simplicity. I love the way very basic stitches like running stitch, straight stitch and backstitch really come into their own. All the work in here has a bright, 60s vibe about it but all the methods would work equally well whatever style you are into. If you don't want to adorn your walls with hoops there is a chapter dedicated to applying the methods to making bags, jewellery, embellishing garments and more and if you live in the US you can find a list of stockists at the back. There is also a section of applique patterns (these mostly need to be enlarged) and a list of useful websites if you want more information about embroidery stitches, broderie perse and crazy quilting. This new trend taps into several hobbies and ties them all together in one fun package and the author is adept at showing how simple and enjoyable it all is, regardless of your skill level.* myshelf.com *
This comprehensive introduction to embroidery is packed with beautiful illustrations to inspired beginner and experienced stitchers alike. It kicks off with straightforward explainations of the necessary tools and materials then dives into stitch tutorials accompanied by step-by-step diagrams plus great hints and tips. It's topped of with ten whimsical projects to showcase your new skills, from decorative wall hangings to mini hoop jewellery and embellished clothing. Get started today!* Sew *
This book begins with a tutorial for learning 10 different embroidery stitches, detailed instruction on colour work, and 10 fun projects like buttons and hair clips, then goes on to advanced pattern work for vintage clothing and linens, and finally, learning how to make your own hoop and accessories.* Be Creative *