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365 Days of Stitches
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback + envelope with iron-on transfers
  • Publication: 31 August 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800922266
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 256
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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365 Days of Stitches


Keep a personal embroidery journal: motifs, techniques, templates; Features 1,000 motifs by Steph Arnold (Author)

Book Description

Thread journals are a way of visually reflecting on life events and occasions over one year. Needlecrafters may choose to record events one day a time or one week at time, but whatever approach they adopt, this is a fun and visually appealing way of keeping a diary. Featuring 1000 illustrated motifs, many also demonstrated as stitched examples, 365 Days of Stitches provides readers with the knowledge needed to complete their mindful 365-day project. 

Table of Contents

Meet Steph 4

About this Book 5

Artists’ Samplers 6

CHAPTER 1: Core Techniques and Stitches 10

BEFORE YOU START - Tools and materials 12, How to fit the fabric to the hoop 13, Colours 13, Templates 14, Transferring the motif to the fabric 15,How to finish the back of the hoop 15


CHAPTER 2: Motif Directory 22

ANIMALS 24 - On the Farm 24, Reptiles and Dinosaurs 26, Zoo Animals 28, Birds 30, Insects 32, Pets 34, Sea Life 36

NATURE 38 - Plants and Fungi 38, Flowers 40, Weather 42

HOME 44 - Houseplants 44, Home Improvement 46, Cooking 48

FOOD AND DRINK 50 - Food 50, More Food 52, Fruit and Veg 54, Drinks 56, Sweet Treats 58, Sweets 60

CELEBRATIONS 62 - Wedding 62, Easter 64, Birthday 66, Valentine’s Day 68, Halloween 70, Christmas 72, Religions and Celebrations 74

WORK AND PLAY 76 - Travel 76, Ball Sports 78, Other Sports 80, Hobbies 82, More Hobbies 84, Music 86, The Great Outdoors 88, At the Beach 90, Entertainment 92, Work and Education 94

PERSONAL CARE 96 - Beauty 96, Clothes 98, Shoes and Accessories 100

CHILDREN 102 - Baby 102, Toys 104

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT 106 - Spiritual 106, Astrology 108, Health 110

ASTRONOMY 112 - Space 112

GENRE 114 - Fantasy 114

COMMUNICATION 116 - Symbols 116,Doodles 118, Emojis 120, Alphabets, Numbers and Diacritics 122

Index 124

Acknowledgements 128

About the Author

About Steph Arnold

Steph Arnold is a lifelong crafter, Product Design graduate, and owner of the UK-based embroidery kit business Oh Sew Bootiful. After realizing that embroidery had a positive effect on her mental health, Steph started her business in 2016 to help others discover the mindful art of embroidery. Check out her embroidery kits at www.ohsewbootiful.com and join her 18.4k followers on Instagram @ohsewbootiful


The Simple Things

Lifelong crafter and founder of Oh Sew Bootiful sewing kits, Steph Arnold shares her passion for stitching in an encouraging book that celebrates self-expression through embroidery. "Its a great way to be mindful, of looking for the positives in each day," says Steph, as she explains the stitches, techniques and equipment needed to get started on your thread journaling journey. The aim of 365 Days of Stitches is to create a visual keepsake of your year, memorialising the important daily and monthly events with resonant motifs (there are a thousand included in the book) and wonderful words.

Customer Review

Having taught textiles for over 17 years I could have done with this book back when I started. Out of all the many books I have gathered over the years I havent been as keen to use one as much as this.

In this book Steph covers everything from what you need to get started, how to attach your fabric to the hoop and how to finish your piece ready to hang on the wall. All the steps are supported with photographs and illustrations to make it super simple especially for the newbies and younger stitchers. Theres even some iron on templates to help you start creating your personalised embroidery journal. They are large in size which was a lightbulb moment. Why havent I scaled up before to fit more on?

The stitch guide is by far the best I have used. Ive seen so many over the years but this one beats the rest. All the stitches are broken down into 4 or 5 steps (something I try and do as a teacher so as not to confuse and put them off). Steph and the Oh Sew Bootiful team are masters at not overcomplicating things.

The photos are plentiful and the book is laid out in a way that is accessible to all. Sometimes I struggle with ideas but with this book it is easy to find inspiration. Theres a quick reference contents page at the front of all the sections and at the back an index of all 1000 motifs. The alphabet, numbers and diacritics are really handy too. The way each motif has been illustrated and photographed stitched up means you could adapt existing ones to personalise them such as changing the colour, adding symbols etc. The addition of the featured artists and their creations is brilliant. Ultimate goals right there. Ive now got tons of ideas.

The book is a handy size which means its perfect for popping in my kit and taking on my travels. The Great Outdoors section is going to be used on repeat (and the Sweet Treats!

Overall 10/10 and 5*. You will not be disappointed and neither will all the stitchers you gift it to, its the perfect present!

Heres to years of creative stitch journaling courtesy of Steph and Search Press!

Customer Review

This book is beautiful. There is full colour photography throughout, showing each of the motifs stitched into a sampler, shown by season, occasion and theme. There are example embroidery journals and information about people who have kept them, as well as guides to stitches you might use. There is information about supplies to use and how to go about keeping you journal, there are even iron on transfers to set the journal up in different ways. Ive tried to keep an embroidery journal before but lost inspiration and didnt complete the year. The ideas in this book have my creative juices going and Im going to get started on a journal straight away! I definitely recommend picking up this gorgeous book for inspiration for a fun and exciting way of keeping a record of the little happy moments in life as a keepsake to look back on in years to come.

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