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Book Review of Stitch, Fabric & Thread by Elizabeth Healey

Review of Stitch, Fabric & Thread book

This new book by Elizabeth Healey headlines as ‘an inspirational guide for creative stitchers’ and is an experimental book for those – perhaps fairly new to stitching – who wish to develop and play with their creative ideas. The book is not strictly a project book but it does include templates for some of the ideas for you to have a go. The book’s aim is to allow you to develop your own ideas from the wealth of techniques mentioned in the book, with the focus on different stitch types, both hand and machine.

It begins with a back-to-basics look at tools, threads and material types that you can choose for stitching. It really assumes limited knowledge and is a very comprehensive introduction before you start creating.

Then it leads into different stitch-based sections, starting with straight stitches. The first four pages of the section are a beautifully photographed visual exploration of different straight stitch techniques to whet your appetite before it focuses on more detailed techniques and ideas such as pojagi patchwork, kantha and creative darning.

Kantha stitches

The book continues in a similar format with well-illustrated sections on chain and blanket stitches, textural raised stitches, fabric manipulation and embellishments.  As before there is a quick visual overview followed by more detailed ideas.The author explores stitch ideas from around the World and the book is an interesting read too!

It finishes with a very useful visual dictionary of stitches at the rear of the book and templates (not all at full-size) for some of the ideas to kick-start your creativity.

You will enjoy this book if you want to stitch your own designs, but get ‘stuck’ coming up with ways to achieve your ideas.  It is packed full of inspiring images that will help set you off on your creative journey.


Stitch, Fabric & Thread by Elizabeth Healey and published by Search Press is available to buy from Search Press priced at £14.99

Ideas from Stitch, Fabric & Thread book