I first discovered hand sewing stitches as a Girl Scout. As part of the sewing badge that I was earning, I embroidered a small figure on the badge itself, and I remember very clearly how proud and satisfied I was to make the figure’s head out of a French knot. But that was also the last time I would do much handsewing for a while. As I became charmed by sewing clothes, I turned almost entirely to machines to create them, and for many years that remained the bulk of my sewing.
|Beaded Fabric Cuff by Tricia Waddell|
However, in recent years, I have returned to my first sewing love of hand stitching. I spent a good amount of time studying couture sewing. Hand stitches are a critical component, and it’s possible to make an entire garment without going near a machine. In fact, in many couture house machines mainly gathers dust.
This guide will get you started on hand sewing, and through the artist profile, illustrated how-tos, and projects you will learn a wide range of hand sewing stitches, including my beloved French knot, and you’ll get plenty of practice with wonderful projects.
While hand stitching most certainly has a practical application—before the machine, clothing seams were sewn with the back stitch, as an embellishment technique, hand stitching has few peers. Use hand sewing techniques to make the projects in this guide, from the chic Beaded Fabric Cuff and darling Stitch-and-Stash Labels to the pretty Hexagon Place Mats and Coasters.
|Tips on How to Sew By Hand|
Along with these fantastic projects, you will also find a fascinating and inspiring profile of hand sewing revolutionary Natalie Chanin in Handsewing Revolution and an illustrated reference and primer of useful handstitches in Hand-Embroidery Stitches.
I hope that this free eBook: Tips on How to Sew by Hand: Free Collection of Hand Sewing Stitches, Techniques, and Patterns will tempt you to crack out your needle and thread and brush up on your hand sewing skills. Soon you will find there are many aspects of your projects that can be done by hand, which makes them more portable and social. You can do hand sewing in any variety of settings. (I know a dedicated mother who followed her child’s complete soccer season while hand stitching on the sidelines.) Not only do you add creative time to your day, but you inspire others to do the same.
P.S. – Be sure to share this wonderful free eBook with all your friends who enjoy hand sewing!