People the world over have used hand sewing and needlework for centuries not just to stitch two pieces of fabric together, but to add color, pattern, and interest to their clothing and home décor.
Even though today's quilter has many electronic tools to make stitching and quilting easier and faster, needlecraft appeals to anyone who loves fiber.
In this free eBook, Hand Sewing Techniques for Quilters: Learn How to Hand Sew Using Ladder Stitch, Running Stitch, Chain Stitch, and More from Quilting Arts, you will see how, with a few basic stitches, you can use hand sewing to transform your quilts.
In "Embellished Stitches and Exotic Threads," fiber artist Margaret Ball describes how to combine those wonderful fancy fibers we all love with basic stitches like the chain stitch, running stitch, back stitch, and variations to create rich, three-dimensional embellishments for your art quilts and fiber art projects.
Creative embroidery expert and mixed-media fabric artist Beryl Taylor shows you the amazing variations in handwork you can create with one stitch in "Ladder Stitch Sampler." She combines wool felt, strips of cotton, embroidery floss, and embellishments for a sampler like you've never seen before.
Known for her colorful hand-dyed, fused fabric quilts, Laura Wasilowski also has a talent for adding just the right amount and type of hand stitching to make a small art quilt go from flat to fantastic. In "Power to the Hand Stitcher," Laura shows how to use hand stitches to create backgrounds, add interest, and bring new life to old projects.
Finally, we include an article on the versatile running stitch written by the late Julia Caprara, artist, lecturer, and writer in the textile art field. Creating the running stitch is simplicity itself, but Julia shows you the many ways you can use it to alter the surface, texture, and even the color of fabric for exciting, sophisticated effects.
Whether you have been hand sewing all your life or are new to this time-honored craft, Hand Sewing Techniques for Quilters: Learn How to Hand Sew Using Ladder Stitch, Running Stitch, Chain Stitch, and More from Quilting Arts, will show you exciting ways to add texture and design to your quilts.
P.S. Do you have friends who want to learn techniques for adding hand stitching to their quilts? Send this link to them so they can download their own free copy of Hand Sewing Techniques for Quilters: Learn How to Hand Sew Using Ladder Stitch, Running Stitch, Chain Stitch, and More.