April 22, 2013

Patterns: S is for Stitch


We were recently given a digital copy of S is for Stitch: 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs + Charming Projects for Little Ones by Kristyne Czepuryk to try out, it's a really sweet book, the core of which being a series of alphabet blocks, one set for girls and one set for boys, that go together to make two different quilts, full instructions for the quilts included. There's also a colourful rainbow dancer design, made almost exclusively from lazy daisy stitch, a car embroidery for the little boys in your life, toy blocks, a robot cushion and a flower cushion. There's also a nice section showing examples of how you could use the alphabet designs on other objects.

This is a good book for beginners, with a very comprehensive how to stitch guide. There's also a good section on quilting basics. The embroidery designs are bold and simple. This would be a great book for those stitching for young children. Personally my children (7 and 9) are possibly a little too old for the designs in this book, but I still couldn't resist adding some initial patches onto some cushions and I think they look really cute.

Patterns from S is for Stitch

Would you like a copy of S is for Stitch? Thanks to the publisher, this giveaway is open to all our readers - just an FYI that a U.S. winner will receive the book by mail and an International winner will win an e-book version.

Tell us what was the last thing you embroidered for the little people in your life or what you'd like to embroider for them, in the comments below. A comment will be picked at random at 10am GMT Sunday 28th April.

36 comments:

  1. Christmas pillowslips! I should probably do a bit more.

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  2. I embroidered for my baby nephew a bib with a reindeer on it, a spring card with a blue bunny on it and a little cross-stitch picture of his little feet. I'm very excited to be able to embroider so much for him :)

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  3. Oh those embroideries are beautiful! The last thing I did for a little person was a series of bunnies - zombies and ninjas and everything - i was just happy that a boy was interested!

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  4. I am in the middle of my second ever embroidery .. a fairly simple freebie I found online for the middle of a backpack or cushion, i'm not really sure yet! Depends on how it goes!


    Love this book by the way! :)

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  5. I spring time in paris piece for her wall

    http://thedistracteddomestic.blogspot.com/2013/03/stitch-me-up-embroidery-blog-hop-day-2.html

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  6. I'd love to make a quilt with embroidery. thanks for the chance

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  7. The quilt label for my niece's quilt!

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  8. Rock n roll inspired baby quilt!

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  9. American Girl doll clothes.....so cute!

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  10. I stitched baby birds from a vintage pattern on a bib.

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  11. I don't, as yet, have a little person in my life (trying very hard and failing spectacularly), but I have the sublime stitching bib with the preprinted mess. I have had that for 3 years, just waiting until I manage to stay pregnant past 8 weeks to start.

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  12. What a sweet little book! I have never embroidered, but I have been wanting to learn for years - these look like good starters :)

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  13. The last thing I stitched for the littles was a dolly quilt. I love to find new kid centered designs !

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  14. I embroidered monogrammed felt Christmas ornaments for my kids, my niece, and a friend's daughter. This looks like a great book!

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  15. I embroidered a handkerchief for my granddaughter and one for my grandson. On Vans was a little boy with curls (just like him). Holding his favorite toy which is Curious George, Ava's is a little girl that looks like her holding her favorite bunny which she sleeps with every night. I would love to have a copy of S for Stitches. Thank you for your blog. It has been so inspiring.

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  16. I'd love to embroider some of their drawings from when they were little and turn them into a keepsake quilt. One day I will!

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  17. I cross stiched for my daughters' room a winter scene and am planning to make one spring scene soon for them.

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  18. I stitched a blanket each for my 2 boys - one a dinosaur, the other a robot, and plan to learn quilting next year. Sounds like a perfect book.

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  19. Last few things I stitched.... my kids each did a colouring in picture they liked and I copied it into pillow and framed pictures for each of them. Just finishing off a pouch for a friend who is in labour as I type, does that count as finished

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  20. I embroidered a couple of blankets for my nephews last. Polar fleece blankets with an embroidery picture in 3 corners and their name in the 4th.

    I'd like to work on name plates for their doors next. Lots of trains and trucks and the like seems to go down best with the three of them. We're hoping for an interest in dinosaurs at some point too.

    These designs look gorgeous

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  21. the last thing I embroidered were pillowcases for my son. I first stitched the cases with 4 fabrics I liked. Then I made an outline of his favorite wild flower, Queen Anne's Lace on 2 of them. The other two I gave to my daughter and she monogramed them for him. and then we wrapped them and gave them to him for X-mas.

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  22. My last embroidery project for my daughter was a pillow sham to go with her new bedding set. I sewed up a little envelope pillow case, added a scalloped crochet border to the edge, and then she decided she wanted a fox embroidered on it. I don't have a fox embroidery pattern, so she drew up the fox picture and I transferred it to the pillow case and embroidered it with brick stitches and satin stitches. It turned out well and it was a fun little collaboration. :)

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  23. The last thing I embroidered for little people was a redwork quilt. It's been a while -- I need to do some personalized clothing for my granddaughters ... or me?

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  24. The only stitching I've done in quite a while is stitching paper into a card, which isn't much! I really want to do some embroidery and learn new steps, so this book sounds easy and right where I need to begin. Thanks for letting us know about it!

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  25. The last thingI did was the pattern of Foxy Loxy in bed with his Union Jack coverlet for hot water bottle covers for my daughters!

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  26. I'd love to embroider the blocks for a quilt for my daughter

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  27. Ooooh this book looks great! I recently stitched some onesies for a baby shower.

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  28. This book looks amazing! I embroidered a set of fabric 'cards' for a pairs memory game for my niece

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  29. Cute ideas. I embroidered little book tote bags for 3 kiddos that I hope they are loving.

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  30. Love to stitch in a hoop.I embroidered a pattern of daisies in a t cup. Always looking for ideas

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  31. I embroidered a VW bug onto a t shirt for my daughter. Since I am currently pregnant, I'd like to make a little book for my baby. It may not get done by the time he is here though.

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  32. I was recently blessed with a little guy that arrived 6 weeks early. He wAs blessed with some gifts of receiving blankets and burp cloths, this could be just what they need to be fancied up!

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  33. I embroidered my daughter's bulldog, Suzy-Q, for her.

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  34. I'm only just now thinking of starting a family for the first time, and I don't have any young nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings, anything! I need more babies in my life to craft for, right? I can't wait to make an embroidered baby quilt, though, baby quilts in general seem very special but embroidering it lends it even more sentimental value, I think.

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  35. I just embroidered a little duck holding a cake for my daughter. I want to make a patchwork pillow for her with it.

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