Our packed Fall 2010 issue of Stitch, available in early September, celebrates our passionate
love of fabric. Get ready for fabulous projects and articles celebrating the
wide world of textiles that inspire our sewing fantasies and fill our
overflowing stashes. With this issue we challenge you to expand your sewing
horizons: sew with a fabric you have never tried before, or use a traditional
fabric in a totally unexpected way. Here's a preview of some of the great project
stories in the upcoming issue
Our cover project, shown above, is by
Kevin Kosbab of Feed Dog Designs. I love
the graphic, mod style of his Patchwork Cube
Slipcover, and it's super-easy to make. It's part of our Off the Couch group
of projects, about creative ways to use home décor fabrics. Upholstery and
drapery fabrics offer an endless array of prints and textures-and who says they
have to be used for sofas and drapes? We'll show you fun things to do with these
fabrics that take advantage of their large prints, extra-wide bolt widths, and heavier
weight (perfect for projects that need structure), including a fun skirt, a
chic travel set, a stylish firewood tote, and more. You will never look at your
couch the same way again.
Hardworking denim is
often overlooked in the fabric world, but it's making a big comeback this
season, restyled in fashion-forward ways. In Designs in Denim we'll show you how to see denim in a whole new
way. The Art of Bleach Pillows by Carol
Zentgraf (far left) is a great example of the creative possibilities of denim; bleach and
stencils create a custom look. Other Stitch
designers explore mixing different shades of denim, embellishing denim with
hand and machine embroidery, and combining denim with fun prints and appliqué.
Everyone loves a little
sparkle around the holidays; special-occasion fabrics add a touch of bling,
shine, and luxury to even the smallest sewing project. In Getting Fancy, silk, satin, velvet, and faux fur get star treatment
in projects with simple elegance. The Silk
and Pearls Clutch by Stitch
Project Editor Katrina Loving (center left) is the perfect accessory for a holiday party, and
you could whip it up in an afternoon. Simply follow the silk sewing tips and
tricks in our accompanying article on sewing with silk, by Katrina Walker, and you will have it done
in no time.
The fashion world has gone
mad for plaid, and our Modern Plaid
story shows you how to reinterpret this classic fabric in fresh ways. From
Burberry to punk, plaid can be traditional or edgy, and everything in between. I
love this wool cashmere Boy's Cozy Pullover
by Jil Cappucio (below right). It's super-soft and washable, perfect
for kids. It can be tricky to match up plaid fabric at seams, so we give you a
cheat sheet full of tips to make your plaid projects flawless.
Need fun stashbusting
projects that you can make quickly during the hectic holiday season? Our One Yard Gifts story has 12 fantastic projects
to please everyone on your list (and you might find a few things to make for
yourself as well). Take these adorable Butterfly
Mittens designed by Erin Gilday (below center)--they're
so quick and easy to make you can sew a pair for a friend and a pair to keep.
course, projects are only half the story at Stitch.
In addition to 40 exciting projects, the Fall 2010 issue has a great lineup of
feature articles to inspire you to think about fabric in new ways. Learn about
the contemporary quilting trend that showcases fabric in graphic ways, meet
Christina Kim of the global-fashion house
Dosa, get creative with DIY fabric storage ideas, and much, much more. When
you get the issue, drop us a line and let us know your favorite projects and
articles from the issue and what you would like to see in future issues. Take
these fun projects and make them your way--and send us lots of pictures!
Images: Top left, Stitch Fall 2010 cover. Below far left, Art of Bleach Pillows by Carol Zentgraf. Center left, Silk and Pearls Clutch by Katrina Loving. Below center, Butterfly Mittens by Erin Gilday. Below right, Boy's Cozy Pullover by Jil Cappucio.