Embroidery has never looked this good or been so colorful--65 projects to stitch your way to a more colorful home. With inspiration and encouragement from designer and colorist Kristin Nicholas, would-be and experienced stitchers alike will find dozens of embroidery projects that add exuberance to every room in the house. Nicholas's collection opens with pillow covers in dancing colors on unexpected patterns and fabrics, such as stripes and plaids, velvets and corduroys. For kitchens, she offers a joyfully polka-dotted tea cozy or jewel-bright, purchased napkins and tablecloth creatively stitched with floral motifs. Personalized wedding gifts include a luxurious, monogrammed cashmere throw and his-and-hers hot water bottle covers; or for the perfect baby gift, a cozy matching blanket and teddy bear set. Many projects feature fabrics from flea markets and thrift shops, with complete how-to on hand-felting and hand-dyeing sweaters and blankets for the very softest, most colorful look. With her ribbon-stitched craft boxes (perfect for scrapbookers), embroidered stationery, and even a pair of espadrilles, the author explores an exciting world of embroidering on unexpected surfaces and materials.
KRISTIN NICHOLAS is the author of eight books on knitting and embroidery. A colorist at heart, she brings her love of bold and beautiful color combinations to her knitting, embroidery, crocheting, needlework, sewing, crafting, gardening, interior decoration, photography, painting, and pottery. For sixteen years, Kristin was the creative director of Classic Elite Yarns, where she honed her skills of developing product lines, graphic design, and sales and marketing. "Vogue Knitting" crowned her a "Master Knitter of the '90s." Since 2001, she has been working as an author, book illustrator, and product designer. In addition, Kristin has been a contributing designer to many other knitting books. Kristin lives on Leyden Glen Farm, a working sheep farm in western Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.