The Alabama Stitch Bookcomments (3) August 18th, 2008
The Alabama Stitch Book is done really well--it combines excellent instructions and beautiful photography to clearly explain a variety of hand stitching projects! I love the esthetic of this book, author Natalie Alabama invites you into her world, beckoning your creative spirit!
All these beautiful projects can be made from recycled tee shirts--so get ready to raid your closet. I'm lucky, it only took one phone call to my mother and I now have a whole pile of beautiful tee shirts to work with. (She's done such a wonderful job becoming a healthy girl, eating right and exercising, that all of her favorite tees are way too big for her now...I assured her that they wouldn't go to waste!)
Learn some new techniques for hand applique, how to transfer your design to fabric using stencils (I especially like the idea of using spray paint), and how to make your project sparkle by add beads.
The book includes a pattern to make the Applique Rose Swing Skirt and Wonder Alabama Corset Top that are featured in the book. You also get a full size Bloomers Stencil to create the beautiful allover garment design that embellishes the corset top. Keep an eye out for a downloadable project featuring this skirt (or top--it's hard for me to decide, maybe I'll do both!) If you fall in love with these projects (like I did) and don't have the right tee shirts to recycle or knit fabric -- good news, you can get DIY kits that include everything you need!
Check it out at Alabama Chanin-- you can get your own signed copy of the Alabama Stitch Book or pick out a DIY kit to make one of their beautiful hand stitched garments or home decor projects. Visit their on-line store--they have really cool ready-to-wear hand crafted garments and accessories, jewelry and home accessories too!