It is so amazing to have all these great projects together in one book. It was hard to choose my favorite! I have to say I have a strong attachment to Japanese Sashiko Embroidery. You'll find some beautiful examples of Sashiko in Martha Stewart's Encylopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, as well as a CD with design templates.
A little excerpt from the book about Sashiko-
"In the Japanese embroidery tradition known as sashiko, fine, evenly spaced running stitches are sewn into repeating geometric shapes to create intricate patterns. Hundreds of years ago, fishermen's wives used this technique to add strength and beauty to their cotton garments; the motifs were imbued with symbolic meaning- patterns to encourage strength or long life, for example."
Laura Normandin did a blog post on Sashiko last year. I loved the pillow she made so much that I ran out and bought a kit of my own! Check out her Sashiko embroidery, and the pillow she made from it, below.
photos courtesy of Laura Normandin of Wren Handmade
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