I have never been interested in crazy quilts, but this book changed my mind.
I walked into a booth at International Quilt Market and saw the fan quilt below—and nearly hyperventilated.
I’m not usually attracted to crazy-type quilts but this was a horse of a different color. It was fabulous!
Each fan is a miniature work of art.
I couldn’t stop looking at it! All of the fabrics in Fan Favorite are by Jo Morton for Andover.
The cover quilt is just as spectacular as Fan Favorite. It’s called A Quilt to Dream Under, and was inspired by an antique. Jan Vaine owns that antique quilt (she says she “has guardianship”) and it’s what inspired the book, which is subtitled An Illustrated Guide to Hand Stitching.
In addition to these two quilts, inside the book you’ll find illustrated instructions for 19 embroidery stitches and several pages of ideas for combining the stitches. There are also patterns for an etui, a tote bag and another small quilt. A wealth of information is given on embroidery techniques in general, which include marking designs on fabric, needles and threads.
If handwork is your thing, or if you think it might be, you’ll want your own copy of Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited. I recommend it. And beware: This kind of stitching is addictive!
See Landauer’s video with more information on this title.
You might also be interested in Landauer’s carry-along reference guide called Hand Embroidery: Stitches at-a-glance, also by Jan Vaine. It’s a pocket-sized illustrated handbook of 30 favorite stitches, a steal at just $8.50.
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