Stitch Love Book Overview with Free Turtle Sampler Pattern

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    Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small

    Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small
    Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    If you love embroidery and animals, or if you know someone who loves animals, you will love Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small. It's written by yours truly (Mollie Johanson), and it's filled with all kinds of sweet critters to embroider and sew. 

    This book is split into two main sections: projects and patterns.

    The projects all have at least some embroidery involved, and most require some sewing either by hand or on a sewing machine. And every project makes an animal friend or...MORE adds one to an object through embroidery.

    Some examples of projects are: soft toys, a stroller quilt, stitched accessories, embellished clothing, and more. They are kid-friendly, but adults will love the projects too.

    Read on to learn more about Stitch Love and download the free sampler turtle pattern!

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    The Embroidery Gallery

    Embroidery Motif Pages
    Embroidery Motif Pages. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    The embroidery motifs are designed to be used with many of the projects, but they also work well on their own or combined to create a custom pattern. 

    There are over 100 embroidery motifs in the book, and every single one is shown embroidered in a 16-page gallery. The patterns are broken down into categories like arctic or farm animals, pets or backyard critters, and even fantasy creatures. 

    Of course, it would be impossible to include every animal, or even come close, so I've also created...MORE some extra patterns that I've shared at Wild Olive. Searching for Stitch Love pattern will turn up a whole bunch, including some super sweet sea creatures!

    At the back of the book, you'll also find basic embroidery and sewing instructions, so it's suitable for both beginners and more advanced stitchers of all ages.

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    Easy Sewing Projects with Embroidery

    Embroidery Projects
    Embroidery Projects. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    The cover of Stitch Love shows a few of the projects that are more sewing focused, but lots of the projects are designed to work with any of the embroidery patterns. 

    For example, the Holiday Mouse Furoshiki Cloth is a reusable gift wrap. The Holiday Mouse can be altered work with a variety of holidays, but any embroidery can be swapped in, making it a versatile project. I've even used the instructions to make a bread cloth rather than a wrapping cloth!

    With 25 projects and so many animal...MORE embroidery patterns, I'm quite sure that you'll have plenty of critters to keep your fingers stitching!

    Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small by Mollie Johanson is available online and through local bookstores. And continue on for a free pattern made just for About.com readers!

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    Sampler Turtle Pattern

    Sampler Turtle Pattern
    Sampler Turtle Pattern. © Mollie Johanson, Licensed to About.com

    This sampler turtle is similar to a pattern in Stitch Love, but with designs that you can stitch in a variety of ways! Download the JPG pattern here, then transfer the pattern using your favorite method.

    Start with a basic outline, then embroider the lines within the shell with your favorite stitches or some that you want to learn. 

    Try satin stitch for the dots or hearts and reverse chain stitch for the horizontal lines. For the diagonal lines, you could use coral stitch, or even branch out and...MORE try feather stitch

    There's really no limit here. Consider the turtle shell to be a blank canvas, and a place to stitch some love!