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Stitches from the Garden by Kathy Schmitz

Stitches from the Garden by Kathy Schmitz

Kathy Schmitz does not believe in idle hands, as shown by her stitchery projects in Stitches from the Garden. She has clear instructions for 14 projects, including pillows, a bag, sachets, a pincushion, a journal cover, and a wrist bracelet. There are also instructions for the stitches used in each creation.

With romantic colors, she creates the colors, textures and shapes of nature. Birds perch, bees buzz, cherries hang from a tree, and lavender’s lacy shape all adorn her embroidery. Her table runner pattern has a garden full of flowers and insects stitched around the edge. Her artist’s eye captures the joys of a country garden with fabric and thread.

The photographs will inspire you to create each project, all of which are both beautiful and useful.  Her first project, “Welcome,” will have visitors smiling as they read the happy saying on the framed stitchery. Each project has full-sized patterns for the embroidery with color choices of thread and fabric.

Below, Kathy teaches how to do an easy and popular stitch used for making leaves