August TUSAL and my Stitching Library


It's TUSAL time!

Here is my TUSAL jar with my current project:

This is the sixth Scary Apothecary from Hands on Design.  This one is Coffin Paint and is stitched on the same 28 count Radioactive linen from Chromatic Alchemy as the rest of the series.  The plan is to stitch half this month and finish it next month to  tick another box off on my WIPGO Board.

What's on my Shelf?

This is a new feature I'm going to include on my TUSAL post until I run out of books! I started a Page on my Happy Dance blog for my Stitching Library and realised what a huge task it was so decided to break it down to one book per month. For the next four years...

I chose this month's book to go with The People's Choice of Books.

Title: Embroidered Books
Author: Isobel Hall
Publisher: Batsford
ISBN: 9781906388133

This book is a little different to the previous ones I've shown because it's not cross stitch!  Instead it includes a wide variety of techniques and instructions to make embroidered books.  You could easily use any of these to mount and display your stitched small pieces.

There are only two sections to the book.  The first is Book Construction:

This section includes detailed instructions about how to make a small book, how to stitch the sections together and how to bind it.   As well as suggestions for the different papers and fabrics to use.

These two styles of book could be very easily used to display cross stitch pieces:

Concertina Book

Carousel Book

The second section is Techniques and Materials:

This section talks about the different ways to decorate and embellish your book and the cover.

There are instructions for using different paints, wax, marbling effects, inks and crackle paint.

This is one of those books that is a pleasure to sit down and read even if you never intend to make anything from it!

Finally, the website on the back of the book redirects you to Pavilion Books who do a great range of craft books.  They also have a free download for knitting lightsaber socks!  I know I have some keen knitters among my followers, so here it is:

August TUSAL and my Stitching Library