…or at least your sewing. One of my all-time favourite books on sewing technique and embroidery, no sewing machine required:
The subtitle reads: “The creative guide for dressmakers and needlecrafters that takes your work to a new level.” True! All true. This is a sewing guide where all the sewing is done by hand. However, not all that is in this book, is strictly about working with the needle: there is information on measuring, pressing, zips, buttons, etc. – all useful to know also if you do use a sewing machine. Although the majority of techniques are undoubtedly for hand-sewing, once you know how some things are made, it is sometimes easy to figure out how you could do it with a sewing machine (for example, quilting).
Here is the gallery of techniques that the book covers (click to enlarge):
And here a few pages on measuring, reading patterns and other stuff – there is more in the book!
Now some examples from inside the book – I hope I am not violating the copyright here, but the best way to convince you how great this book is, is to make your mouth water for more… 🙂
There are also pages and pages with motifs ready for you to copy and embroider or applique onto your projects. They can be done in a variety of techniques – it’s all up to you.
Go play! 🙂