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Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style [Hardcover]

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Item Specifications...

Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 11" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   2.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
ISBN  1584796383  
EAN  9781584796381  

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Item Description...
“Haute homespun out of the Deep South.” That's how Vogue magazine has described the fashion of Natalie Chanin. Alabama Stitch Book brings us a collection of projects and stories from her clothing and lifestyle company, Alabama Chanin, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled cotton jersey.

This long-awaited book from Chanin begins with her story. After living in New York and Vienna for over 20 years, she began to transform cotton T-shirts into high fashion using the needlework skills she learned as a child in Florence, Alabama. When she moved home, Chanin hired local women (many of whom had worked in the state's now defunct textile factories) to stitch her couture collections with her.

What follows is a step-by-step guide to the stitching, stenciling, and beading techniques used in the 20 projects showcased in the book: T-shirts, skirts, and corsets that are sold at chic shops around the world, plus a journal cover, sampler quilt, and tablecloth, among others. Also included are a pullout stencil, perforated postcard for bead-embroidery, and reusable patterns. Throughout are Robert Rausch's beautiful photographs set against the back roads, farms, and homesteads of the rural South.

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More About Robert Rausch Natalie Chanin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Natalie Chanin is the founder and head designer of Alabama Chanin and author of "Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, "and "Alabama Studio Sewing + Design." Her work has been featured in "Vogue," the "New York Times," and "Town & Country," among other publications, and on CBS News. She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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love love LOVE this book!!! Made my 1st tee within 24 hrs...  Dec 11, 2008
This was on my this site wish list for DH to purchase for me for xmas, but then I couldn't wait and I purchased it myself (yes, the patience of a flea here).

So I got it yesterday, drooled over and marveled at the book for a few hours, and then today ransacked my closet for 2 tee shirts and went to work. And 2.5 hours later, I completed my first reverse applique tee shirt! I just love it.

I am already planning to cut the sleeves of my teeshirt and shape the body a bit, since this was a boxy red tee shirt I appliqued. When I'm finished I'll post it on my neglected blog.

Also, I am NOT a sewer (although I may become one). Haven't used my sewing machine in decades. And, I do have tons of arts & crafts project books. Most of them I look at and admire, but for whatever reason, I just don't get started on anything. This book is different. It totally motivated and inspired me to start stitching.

I love the projects because they are so outside the box - the tee shirt mums are so gorgeous, and the skirts are amazing -- I"ll be checking out thrift stores this weekend to buy them up by the dozen. It is so liberating to work with old tee shirts! No worries about messing anything up, because hey, its just an old tee shirt, and its like elementary art teachers telll you - no such thing as a mistake, you can incorporate everything into your project.

Oh, and the book actually includes recipes too! I plan to make the crackers in the next day or two - we need wheat germ. The only ever so slight criticism I would make is that I wish there were more stencil patterns! But I'll just go ahead and make some of my own and just run with it. I can't wait to start beading embellishments too...oh the plans I have....
beautiful and inspiring  Dec 9, 2008
If you have always wished you could have a garment by "Project Alabama" but have never been able to afford one, or as in my case, you can't buy one because you don't live in the USA... well, now you can make your own!!!

This is a beautifully presented book worthy of display on the coffee table and very inspiring too. I am currently making a skirt and I'm very happy with it. Be warned however, this is very time-consuming stuff!!!

It contains 4 stencils you can copy and a range of projects to use them on from a simple bandanna to a skirt. There are 2 patterns in the back of the book, one for a skirt and one for a corset top. There are plenty of instructions.

Alabama Stitch Book  Dec 6, 2008
I had great anticipation/expectation for this book. I was highly dissappointed. Being an experienced needleworker/artist, I thought this book lacked a real direction for needlearts - It was more her personal journey in Alabama and her mission of recylcing.The patterns are basic and are used over and over again..There is not a clear direction for the beginner or challenges for the advanced.
For fashionistas, functionistas, and everyone in between  Oct 12, 2008
Project Alabama was a clothing collection created by Natalie Chanin, stitched and embellished by a group of artisans working cottage-industry style. Focusing on old-fashioned techniques and recycled fabrics, the stitchers produced pieces coveted by fashionistas and functionistas alike. The strikingly pretty Alabama Stitch Book is replete with fascinating, practical, and crazy beautiful projects with explicit directions. A book cover, tea towels, a beaded postcard, and an appliquéd t-shirt from the Project Alabama archives are among my favorites. Engaging and entertaining commentary, and the inclusion of sturdy, pullout, multi-sized, adjustable patterns for the several gorgeous skirts and corsets justify the price.
Complicated but interesting  Sep 23, 2008
This is a nice book though the directions and techniques are complicated and expensive to make if you go buy knit fabric. And for most of the adult stuff like the skirt, you do need to buy fabric as ther is no way you could find the number of t-shirts at Goodwill of the same color to make it look decent and not like you are a bag-lady. The "fold-over" elastic is very difficult to find and there is no indication that you have to dye it to match your fabric. So there is alot of reading in between the lines if you want to do this technique.

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