Forget the fair young maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her hope chest. Picture a liberated lass (that would be you) creating chic fashions and accessories while sipping a glass of whatever and saving the planet. <i>Not Your Mama's Stitching</i> lets you choose from more than twenty projects to make or embellish home decor items, garments, accessories, gifts, and more. <p> <b>It covers:</b> <ul> <li>The tools and materials that no stitcher should be without <li>Basic stitching skills such as starting a thread, tying off, and finishing your piece <li>A myriad of embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint stitches <li>Projects ranging from a tattooed tank top to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired wallet to a drinks recipe box <li>Variations and ideas for customizing every project </ul> <p> Make everyday items one-of-a-kind, or whip up your own creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy attitude and fun, funky projects, <i>Not Your Mama's Stitching</i> will have you in stitches in no time.
Introduction: The Stitch Is Back.
How This Book Is Organized.
Who This Book Is For.
Part One: Basic Training.
Chapter One: Back Stitch to the Future.
Weave Are the World.
Ancient Chinese Secret.
Women's Work, My Ass!
Read the Twine Print.
Gros Point Blank.
You Say You Want a Revolution.
The Agony of Effete.
Death and Threadsurrection.
Chapter Two: Talking Shop: What to Buy.
What You Talkin' 'Bout Willis?
Roll Your Own.
Meet the Needles!
Go Tell It on the Mounting.
Chapter Three: Technically Speaking: Needlework Techniques.
The Anal-Retentive Stitcher: Setting Up Your Work Environment.
Cut and Run: Preparing Your Materials.
Chart to Chart Chat: Understanding Needlework Charts.
Let's Get This Party Started.
Apocal-oops Now: Fixing Mistakes.
The Final Cut: Finishing Your Piece.
Chapter Four: Stitch Hitter: Your Guide to Cross-Stitch, Embroidery, and Needlepoint Stitches.
You Double-Crossing Stitch: Cross-Stitch Stitches.
Stitchin' Confidential: Embroidery Stitches.
Get to the Point: Needlepoint Stitches.
But Wait! There's More: Other Needlework Techniques.
Hand Job: Hand-Sewing Stitches.
Part Two: Projects.
Chapter Five: Wear Me Out: Stitching You CanWear.
Tie Me Up.
Hoodie Two Chews.
I Got My Eye On You.
Chapter Six: Yarn and Floss Accoutrements: Gussy Up Your Look with Stitching.
You're So Money.
I'll Stop the World and Belt with You.
The Diet of Worms.
Chapter Seven: Canvas the Area: Needlework for the Home.
You Bore Me.
Cue the Violins.
We Got Spirits, Yes We Do!
Wash Your Damn Hands!
Case in Point.
Coffee, Tea, or Me?
The 25,000-Calorie Pyramid.
Chapter Eight: Present Tents: Nifty Needlecraft Gifts.
Who's the Boss?
It's All Geek to Me.