I was thrilled to finally get a copy of Lisa Solomon's new book, Knot, Thread, Stitch: Exploring Creativity through Embroidery and Mixed Media in the mail recently. In a world where everything seems to happen faster and faster, boy, the publishing world seems to take ages. I'm so excited about what's in this book. In additional to beautiful, original projects designed by Lisa, there are a list of very talented contributors who take her creative ideas and expand on them to give the reader lots of creative jumping off points to get started in their own unique embroidery pieces. She covers things like how to transfer a pattern, how to embroider on different kinds of materials, and of course, all different types of stitches, threads, etc.
I was asked by Lisa to contribute an embroidered hankie project for the book, reinterpreting those traditional embroidered hankies all our grandmas carried in their purses. I really had doing this project, one of those things that came at the right time creatively for me. As soon as she explained what the project was, it all seemed to come together in my head. The end result was one of those times that the actual finished project was pretty close to what I "saw". In the end, I was excited to see that all 3 versions I stitched up made it into the book.
There are a few projects in this book that I hope Emma and I can find time to stitch up for her room. I love the inspired silhouettes and Gracie may make it into Emma's room decor in stitched form. One of the nice parts of having a 13 year old is she can pretty much run with a book like this, making up her own designs based on the inspiration and techniques provided in the book.
Lisa, thank you for asking me to be a part of this wonderful book!