Search Press Classics
is a series of their books which have stood the test of time
and gone the whole nine yards in providing inspiration and
instruction. Originally published in 2004, this book shows
what can be done with a very basic sewing machine, scraps
of cloth, a few simple stitches and some fabric paint.
I have loved this book since it first came out, as it shows
how you can do a lot with a little and have fun in the process.
Recycle even tiny pieces of cloth and anything else you have
to hand into some truly beautiful pictures. If you already
do some type of sewing, you will have nearly everything you
need, as apart from the basics you only require fabric paint,
plain fabric (I mostly use calico) and various threads. There
are a few pages about using photographs or sketches for inspiration,
and how to do the background painting. You can also space
dye your own threads and learn a few simple hand embroidery
stitches. The rest of the book contains projects and ideas
to take the basic idea further and make greetings cards, decorative
paper mounts and expand into panoramic scenes. This is not
a book of flower portraits but glorious landscapes showing
fields of poppies and buttercups, meadows, gardens and other
colorful scenes. Learn how to use a sewing machine’s
most basic stitch and adorn the foreground with a mixture
of hand embroidery and flowers made from tiny scraps of fabric.
You can also embroider on paper or card, and to inspire you
further, there are examples of the author’s other finished
works. Simple and fun to do, it shows you how you don’t
need to buy the craft shop in order to make something beautiful
and is a great way of using up leftovers from larger projects.
If you cannot find a good range of embroidery materials locally,
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.