The Geometry of Hand-Sewing (Excerpt)
Brand new and groundbreaking. An instant classic.
Natalie Chanin and her colleagues at The School of Making have been practicing and teaching hand-sewing and embroidery stitches for many years. Along the way, they had an epiphany: all stitches, whether simple or complex, are based on a grid.
When you break a stitch down into a grid, everything is simple. Anyone can learn.
With thanks to Abrams, we are delighted to present an MDK-exclusive excerpt from The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: instructions for Cretan stitch, couching stitch, and parallel satin stitch.
Download the PDF here, and learn three embroidery stitches to use any way you like (including on your knitting).
You’ll see what’s so special about this book.
Please note: this pattern is provided in digital PDF format only.
Specs & Details
The Geometry of Hand-Sewing shows you how to work more than 100 hand-sewing and embroidery stitches from left to right and also from right to left, and it shows how the stitch looks on the wrong side as well as the right side.
Like the four Alabama Chanin books that precede this one, The Geometry of Hand-Sewing is stunning in the elegance of its design and photography.
The Geometry of Hand-Sewing is a lovely covered-spiral bound book that lies flat (the better to stare at it, threaded needle in hand, until you get a stitch absolutely down in your mind). It contains detailed, clear instructions on over 100 stitches.
Bound into the back of the book are plastic grids with holes that you can use to practice stitches like we used to in kindergarten with lacing cards, or you can transfer the grid directly onto the fabric you are sewing, to use as a guide.