Satisfying Stitches

Learn Simple Embroidery Techniques and Embrace the Joys of Stitching by Hand

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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 05 Jan 2023

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Discover the creative satisfaction and stress-relieving benefits of embroidery while stitching fun, modern, vibrant designs such as flowers, plants, animals, landscapes, and celestial scenes.

Beginning a new creative pursuit can be intimidating, but Satisfying Stitches takes all the guesswork and fear out of getting started with techniques designed to boost confidence and provide relaxation. This easy-to-follow, photo-illustrated guide includes a review of the basic and inexpensive supplies needed to get started, foundational techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating a variety of stitches. As your skills and confidence grow, you will find that stitches that may look advanced are quite simple, and you’ll be able to easily add dimension and texture to your designs.

The exclusive embroidery designs include a wide variety of motifs and patterns, such as houseplants, florals, mushrooms, butterflies, fish, landscapes, and sunsets, in a variety of color palettes. The projects are divided into three levels to match your confidence, skill level, and time.

While most beginner books don’t go beyond a couple of easy stitches, Satisfying Stitches takes the opposite approach, incorporating stitches that pack a big “wow” factor but are quite easy, such as fern stitch, wheatear stitch, thistle flowers, and woven wheel roses. Author Hope Brasfield offers tons of encouragement to beginners and beyond. You’ll learn to embrace imperfection, slow down, and enjoy the process.

You will also discover, as Hope did, that embroidery offers much more than a creative outlet. Focusing on something that requires imagination, handwork, and concentration can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Satisfying Stitches features:
  • A wide range of attractive embroidery stitches that can be used to create any embroidery designs
  • 18 original embroidery designs for popular motifs
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions with clear photographs
  • Troubleshooting tips and tricks throughout the book

So much more than pretty patterns, Satisfying Stitches offers an exciting opportunity to gain new skills, become a more confident creative, ditch the smart phone, and de-stress.
Discover the creative satisfaction and stress-relieving benefits of embroidery while stitching fun, modern, vibrant designs such as flowers, plants, animals, landscapes, and celestial scenes.


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I’ve read through a lot of books about doing embroidery and so far this one is my favorite. It’s organized well and the instructions and pictures are colorful and easy to understand for a beginner. The patterns included and simple and tasteful. Things I would hang on my wall or want on my my skirt. I recommend this book to beginners and those experienced looking for some fun patterns. There are 18 patterns included with instructions and suggested thread colors. There are 20 different stitches taught before the projects are given and all of the projects use these stitches.

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I really like how this book is laid out and broken down. The formatting makes it really easy to follow and understand. I enjoyed learning about why the author had started hand embroidery and how she had started. There is lots of information for anyone new to hand embroidery, with lots of excellent instructions and photo step by step tutorials. There are plenty of techniques to pick from, try all the stitches or just a few, as the author says at the beginning this isn't about learning a whole new hobby, unless you want to of course! This book is lovely for those long dark evenings in winter, with plenty of inspirational projects (including the patterns) to provide some light. As the title suggests, a really "satisfying" book.

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Clear instructions and helpful images. Lots of variation of stitches to use. A good choice for those who are just beginning to learn this craft.

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Perfectly illustrated and easy to follow stitch book. I love the examples and tutorials in the back. I've been looking for an easy-to-follow book like this to help me with my stitches. This really is a perfect one for beginners and even those who just need a refresher from time to time.

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