Hello, my name is Aneela Hoey, and I’m here to introduce my newest book, Sweet Stitches. I’ll be showing off a few projects I’ve made from the book as well as sharing ways to use it.
This is a book made up entirely of embroidery patterns! There are over two hundred and fifty designs in total. All the pages are printed with heat-transferable ink, meaning that getting the designs onto your fabric couldn’t be simpler. Just cut out the pattern, place design side down onto fabric, and press with an iron. Nice and easy.
The style of the designs is varied, so whatever your project or mood, there’s sure to be something that will appeal to you. There are cute, whimsical designs featuring animals, pretty florals, and stylish, modern patterns. Motifs include pirates, dinosaurs, mermaids, Christmas decorations, Halloween-themed images, sewing supplies, knitting needles, and more.
If you’d like to see me flip through the book's pages, you can see that in the video below!
Something I’m really excited about including are a couple of alphabets. This means that you can cut up the individual letters to make up words or names you’d like to embroider, allowing you to personalize your projects as you wish. There are two alphabets included: one is made up of cross-stitch letters, and the second is a simple, basic font.
A fun way of using the patterns is to decorate a pouch project. In the photo above, I’ve used several designs from the book to embroider a piece of fabric and then sewn it up into a Big Zip Pouch (sewing project can be found in my book Stitched Sewing Organizers).
Another fun idea for the book is to use it to introduce children to embroidery. Both my six-year-old niece and my eighteen-year-old daughter have been stitching their way through the designs. The pouch above was embroidered by my daughter using one of the patterns from Sweet Stitches. For the pouch, she used the Zipper Pouch pattern from my book Stitch & Sew.
In addition to the designs, the inside cover of the book includes details for transferring the designs, as well as how-to diagrams of a selection of embroidery stitches.