The new issue of Stitch hits newsstands
January 18, and it's the exciting start of our new quarterly
publishing schedule! To kick off the new year in grand style, the
winter/spring issue is all about learning and experimenting with
sewing techniques. From learning how to sew tricky fabrics to
mastering a new finishing technique, to getting creative with
construction, this issue will inspire you to broaden your technique
repertoire and stretch your creativity in 2011.
The issue features a combination of
great technique how-to features, profiles of designers that
experiment with techniques in creative ways, and project stories that
use a technique as a creative jumping off point.
Here's a peek inside the articles:
- Everybody has techniques that
always trip them up or ones they never formally learned how to do
properly. This is the inspiration for our feature, Top 10,
on the top ten sewing tips and techniques every sewist should know.
From setting in a sleeve to installing an invisible zipper, we'll
show you how to master these tricky techniques with step-by-step
instructions and illustrations.
- Knits can be tricky fabrics to
work with but once you know how to handle them you can make amazing
things. You'll get the information you need in our workshop on
sewing knits, called Knit Knowledge, by Deepika
Prakash, founder of the must-read patternreview.com website. Deepika
includes a fantastic troubleshooting section that addresses common
knit-sewing frustrations and how to successfully address them.
- Need some inspiration for getting
creative with techniques? Read our profiles on art-to-wear skirt
designer Alison Willoughby and fiber artist mummysam
who combine sewing, embroidery, and illustration in charming ways.
Ready to make stuff? Check out this issue's
project themes featuring cool projects by our talented designers:
- The Art of Applique
features fourteen projects from retro and kitschy to stylish and
modern that show what you can do with this versatile technique. If
you are new to appliqué simply check out our appliqué technique
primer to quickly master this fun technique.
- Knit Wit gives you a
chance to put your knit knowledge into practice with projects
showcasing the endless versatility of knits. From softly draped
dresses and tops to a cozy sweater throw blanket, you'll be
inspired to pull out those knit fabrics right away and get sewing.
- Get Closure shows
how creative you can get using closures as a design element. You'll
find fun projects that use zippers, buttons, and ties in really
- Piece by Piece
features projects that go graphic with patchwork and fabric piecing.
Mix it up with inspired fabric combinations and innovative piecing.
- Sew Small, So Stylish
allows you to experiment with techniques in fabric jewelry and
small accessories for unique accents that are great for
And by popular demand, we are adding
more refashioned projects to Stitch so you can freshen up
something you already own or quickly dress up a store-bought item. So
look for our Refashioned/Remixed icon on projects that will save you
money and time. We all need more of that!
With 40 projects in this issue, there
is so much to choose from that it will keep you busy making cool
stuff while learning fun techniques for quite a while. To get you
started, see what Stitch designers and staff have on their
to-do-list for 2011 in our Sewing Resolutions article. It
definitely got me inspired to add some more things to my growing list
of sewing goals for the new year.
Thanks to all of you for a fantastic
2010. Here's wishing you a wonderful and relaxing holiday season
and a fabulous new year of sewing!
Tricia and the Stitch Team