Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hand Stitching: The Sampler Book

Erika C. binding some of her book pages.

The final stage (Class #5) of my Hand Stitching class was to put the samples (samplers and challenges) together into a book. Since we didn't have enough time to complete the entire book during class, I wanted to make sure that students had a good start. We focused on the cover, possibilities for borders and backings, and page connections.

Erika C. stitching a border on her front cover.
Erika's book so far. Love all that yummy texture!
Ann Z. work table with book beginnings.
Ann Z. stitching together a cover mock-up.
We all agreed that one more five-hour class session would have been great and that the books might have been completed with some extra class time. We decided to set a date in June for a reunion...look for future photos of finished books then.

Lovely layers by Sarah H.
Peggy G. stitching her cover.
Peggy's outside front cover design. Love that little wool felt "pocket".
Peggy's inside front cover design.
Jan B. working on her front cover.
Jodie F's cover design. Lots of beautiful stitched details.
Judy B. attaching her cover design to a backing fabric.
Lee W. working on her cover.
Lee W. stitching on a piece.
I can't begin to tell you how much this class has meant to me! It was such an amazing experience to work with eleven eager, enthusiastic, and extremely talented students. They were so committed to the process and to each other. I look forward to teaching them again and we even talked about what a Hand Stitching 2 class might be...I'm already getting excited!

Amy L.'s front cover design. Amy took this as a correspondence course. She moved to London last year when I was in the planning stages of the class.
Amy shared this beautiful quote that really expressed the theme of her book.
Amy is hand stitching the quote to include in her book.

I'm interested in teaching a variation of this class as a week long or even a weekend workshop. If you have a fiber/quilt/stitching group that might be interested...feel free to contact me...(leave a comment).

Thanks for your comments here and on Facebook.

To see past posts about this class: Let's Get Stitching!; Hand Stitching: Pattern and Rhythm; Hand Stitching: Texture; Hand Stitching: Layers....Enjoy!!


  1. Great idea! And great reference!

    1. Thanks Robbie! Can't wait to see the finished books!

  2. These are looking great! I will look forward to the reunion in June ...

  3. Such exciting pieces, and I love the idea of bringing them all into books! A reunion sounds like a great idea (and something for the rest of us to look forward to via your blog)...