Stitched for Fun - 35 Easy and Adorable Embroidery Projects - NO LONGER AVAILABLE / OUT OF PRINT

by Fiona Goble
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This fabulous collection of simple and fun motifs will inspire even a complete beginner to take up needle and thread. Each embroidery design is shown on a different object--whether it be a French cafe on an apron, cheerful weather clouds on canvas shoes, or a beaming moon on a lampshade--and is accompanied by straightforward instructions. Armed with basic sewing skills and the ideas in this book, you can quickly transform plain textile objects into mini works of art.

  • Be inspired to personalize cotton and felt and make unique gifts
  • Turn to the "Make Your Own" section for basic instructions on creating everything from place mats and aprons to pillows and bags
  • Gather exciting ideas for further use of each motif

Available to customers in the U.S. and Canada only.
by Fiona Goble
8.5" x 10"
Format Description:
full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
December 6th, 2011
I think they had me at "easy and adorable". I'm always looking for quick and easy patterns that I can whip up before I become distracted by another idea or project. I also enjoy whimsical designs and this book had me hooked from the first page which features a little "beastie" - definitely my type of design.

If you haven't tried hand embroidery before, don't worry, Fiona has information on everything from the supplies you'll need to how to transfer the designs to your fabric. She also includes great instructions on how to achieve the simple stitches used in the projects. Each project includes a detailed material list and complete instructions as well as clear photos of the project. The patterns are for a variety of fabrics, such as fleece, cotton and felt, as well as paper (cards and tags).

There are a variety of projects in the book and it is broken into sections, such as Eat, Sleep, Play, Celebrate, etc. Each section includes several different types of patterns, such as a pencil case, a baby's bib or an embroidered lampshade, to name just a few.

I love the whimsical nature of these patterns and appreciate the practicality of the projects. If you're looking for a quick gift for a baby shower, you'll find several ideas in Stitched for Fun. Need a card for a birthday or a gift tag? You'll find patterns for these in the book too.

One of the things that I look for in a collection of designs is to see how transferable they are: that is, could I use these designs in other ways, in other projects. I would definitely be able to use Fiona's designs on other projects, such as stitched onto a jacket or on the collar of a blouse or even on placemats or a table runner (always looking for a quilting angle).

These sweet and charming patterns would be perfect for gifts for children and babies. Even teens would enjoy adding these designs to a card or pencil case - or they could make the cell phone case design included in the book.

Quick to make, appealing and practical, Stitched for Fun has it all.
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Review from California Bookwatch magazine

[This book] offers a fine collection of simple motifs displayed on a different object and packs in over thirty embroidery projects perfect for beginners with only a few basic sewing skills. The idea is to create fun little works of art on plain textiles: from creating place mats and aprons to bags and more, this pairs full-page color photos of completed projects with easy step-by-step instructions and is a pick for any who would work with embroidery.
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Add whimsical embroidery motifs ranging from robots to roses to wall art, lampshades, and canvas shoes. Author Fiona Goble provides a glossary of simple stitches and a range of gift-worthy projects.

Fiona Goble

Fiona Goble is a craft lover, maker, and writer who adores sewing and making things. She blogs about sewing, knitting, refashioning salvaged clothes, and making home accessories at

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