Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher to review. But as always, all opinions expressed here are 100 % my own.
Review: Step out with Tangle Stitches
Jane Monk is the teacher we all wish we had growing up, in that whatever the challenging subject, she would inspire us to master it. With her new book, Tangle Stitches: For Quilters and Fabric Artists, you’ll feel as if Jane is sitting down with you for a tutoring session on stitching. The premise of her book seems obvious after the fact: she combines Zentangle and needle and thread. Need a way to relax? Hand stitch some Zen. Always been afraid of free motion quilting (FMQ) on a domestic machine? No more with her expert guidance. Afraid to draw? She’s confident you can do it.
In the first part of the book she gives you tools you’ll need, techniques to be successful (such as ways longarm quilters can modify Zentangle for custom work) and patterns for practicing your new skill. The 41 tangle patterns include step outs, these are diagrams for achieving the Zentangle design. The second part of the book includes 10 projects you can stitch using the Zentangle patterns provided in section one. My favorite happens to also be on the front cover, “Pincushion With a Twist”, with instructions on page 71.
Quilters generally fall into 2 categories, those who get more joy from creating the tops and those where stitching is the supreme motivator. With this book, Jane may win the former into the fold of stitching heaven.
Giveaway: Enter to win a copy of this book
The publishers have also given me a book to give away to a lucky Craft Gossip reader. To get a chance to win, leave a comment on this post and tell me the last time you drew something freehand as a creative endeavor and why. It’s okay if it was in grade school.
Contest ends October 4, 2014. Only US and Canadian entrants eligible due to shipping costs.