Grab-n-Go Stitches is a handy little on-the-go stitch book by the Lone Star Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild. It’s a humdingerdoozy of a volume that’s chock full of more than 450 stitch illustrations that you can use for your needlepoint projects. A terrific addition to your needlepoint library for sure – but there’s something you need to know…
the stitch illustrations don’t have numbers, so there’s no explicit path to follow when you’re stitching. That’s not a problem for stitchers who have experience using canvas embroidery stitches on their projects, but it can be a real mind-boggler for anyone who’s new to the world of decorative stitches – and to those who don’t know about needlepoint stitch pathways.
Speaking of needlepoint stitch pathways…
if you’re not sure what a needlepoint stitch pathway is, then you’re not alone. That’s why I have a couple of blog posts about this “obscure” topic. Click here and here to hop over and read more about the different stitch pathways and how to identify them. But be sure and read to the end of this post first! I have a fun surprise waiting for you there. 😉 Now, back to Grab-n-Go Stitches.
There are six stitch illustrations on a page in Grab-n-Go Stitches.
You’ll notice, too, that the stitch illustrations don’t have names. The editors’ suggestion is to refer to each stitch by its position on the page. For example, there’s a variation of the Lazy Roman II stitch on page 7. It sits on the middle row in the left column of page 7, so you refer to it as 7ML. Make sense? The logic behind not providing names for the stitches is solid because, as you may already know, stitch names can be wildly inconsistent.
Another thing I L-O-V-E about this little book is…
that the individual stitches in each stitch illustration are left “open”. I think that’s a brilliant move – and it’s one that I may “borrow” from time to time. 😉 The reasoning here is golden! You see, this one little “feature” enables the owner of the book to make photocopies of the pages so he/she can color a stitch with markers or pencils – to get an idea of what that stitch would look like in varying color combinations.
Grab-n-Go Stitches has a very rational organization, too.
The stitch illustrations are categorized by how they “read”. So, what does that mean? Great question! Let me define what I mean by how a stitch “reads”. When you work a stitch in a repeating pattern and then look at it, it will lead your eye in a particular direction – or, in some cases, no direction.
And that’s how the stitches in this book are grouped…
- Stitches That Read Straight
- Stitches That Read Diagonal
- Stitches That Read Oblique
There are also a few pages of stitches that fall under these classifications…
- Leaf Stitches
- Laid Fillings
- Darning Patterns
- Lagniappe (and you know I looooove me some lagniappe!)
The editors include several interesting – and very useable – tips on how to “mirror” and “flip” stitches, too.
I consider this a “must-have” book for every stitcher’s library.
And I didn’t receive a complimentary copy, so you can rest assured that I’m not speaking from bias. 😉
Publishing any book is a tremendous undertaking and I admire the members of the Lone Star Chapter of ANG for their diligence and dedication. Well done, my friends!
So to celebrate their accomplishment, I have a copy of Grab-n-Go Stitches that I’m giving away in a drawing!
*UPDATE: This Giveaway has ended.
All you need to do to enter is tell us your favorite canvas embroidery stitch in the comments box below. It would be fun to know your favorite way to use that stitch, too, if you want to share it. 😉
I’ll announce the winner on Friday inside the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook Page.
Alrighty – that’s all for now, my friend! Don’t forget to share your favorite decorative stitch with me in the comments below and have a splendiferous day!
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