Author(s): Sally McCollin
This collection of over fifty beautiful butterfly, beetle and bug motifs and accompanying transfers provides a must-have source of design ideas for anyone who enjoys stitching. The designs include a range of insects from delicate, minuscule ladybirds to large, imposing, iridescent steampunk-style mantids, to cover all tastes from traditional to edgy. The book is broken down into four main sections: the key stitches and techniques, the samplers, the projects and finally the cut-out transfers. Each design is shown as a sampler sewn by the author, Sally McCollin, in the colours, threads and stitches of her choice, including shimmering metallic and variegated threads that are just perfect for capturing the sheen of a beetle or a bug, or a butterfly's wings. Clear instructions accompany each motif, with information given on the thread colours and the embroidery stitches used. Those who prefer to create their own look can do so by simply adapting the colours and stitches. The book then showcases twelve whimsical projects embroidered with designs from the samplers and stitched by Sally herself onto a range of fabrics and items, from napkins to pillowcases. The transfers at the back can be cut out and ironed up to ten times each onto fabric to give a unique flair to clothing or homeware. With a variety of key stitches to choose from, all with clear diagrams to accompany, even novice stitchers will be inspired and encouraged to try these wondrous designs.
Sally started her career in the textile industry back in the 1980s, firstly for Knitmaster UK then for Patons and Baldwins, which later became Coats Crafts UK. She then transferred to their threads department, where she worked extensively with a variety of crafts-based magazines and websites to provide editorial features and projects. During this time, she gained her PGCE and progressed to teaching and lecturing in Further and Higher Education establishments, based in the North East. Using her specialist knowledge and foreign language skills, Sally also provides translations and artwork for European crafts-based suppliers. Sally lives in Teesdale, County Durham, UK. www.stitcharena.com
Introduction 4 What you need 6 Stitches used 8 Transferring the designs 14 Using an embroidery hoop 15 The samplers 16-81 The projects 82 Babygrow 84 Pillowcase 85 Peg bag 86 Child's sunhat 87 Paperweight 88 Notebook and keyring 89 Gardening apron 90 Framed picture 91 Desk tidy 92 T-shirt 93 Denim skirt 94 Tabard 95 The transfers 96