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The Geometry of Hand-Sewing : A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making - Natalie Chanin

The Geometry of Hand-Sewing

A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making

By: Natalie Chanin, Sun Young Park (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2017
ISBN: 9781419726637
Number Of Pages: 144

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As makers, we tend to learn different stitches over time without thinking much about how they relate to one another. But when Natalie Chanin and her Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams began to look at needlework closely, they realized all stitches are based on geometric grid systems—and by using grids as guides, they could make learning stitches, even seemingly elaborate ones, as easy as child’s play.

In The Geometry of Hand-Sewing Chanin presents their breakthrough method, featuring illustrated instructions (for both right- and left-handed stitchers) for more than 100 stitches—from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone; photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to increase one’s repertoire further. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing ( just as children use lacing cards to learn to tie shoes) or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric.

About the Author

Natalie Chanin is the founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin and author of Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns.

Great Book


This is a really great book for hand sewers also has a number of plastic template grids for stitches. Lots of new stitches and presented in an easy accessible manner as is all her books

western australia


Fantastic book ..


Highly recommend for any one interested in hand sewing ..amazing book!

New Zealand



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ISBN: 9781419726637
ISBN-10: 1419726633
Series: Alabama Studio
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st November 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.43 x 22.86  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.68