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Free & Easy Stitch Style [Paperback]

Treffery Poppy
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Book Description

25 Sep 2009
Expand your sewing creativity with freestyle machine embroidery as you've never seen it before! Talented textile designer Poppy Treffry takes you into her studio and demonstrates how to create quirky, fun and memorable pictures and motifs. Layering, fraying and applique all add to the free and easy effect, while techniques such as freestyle shading and texturing create pictures with charm and attitude. The treasure trove of projects include home accents such as cushions and curtains and personal accessories such as handbags and purses to show off your sewing in style. Step-by-step instructions, illustrations and photographs combined with a fresh and funky design mean that "Free & Easy Stitch Style" is bursting with needlecrafting personality and creativity.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780715331606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715331606
  • ASIN: 0715331604
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A young and fun approach to freestyle machine embroidery, encouraging the reader to break the rules with a sewing style that's all about rough edges, uneven stitching and mismatched fabrics! --Sew Today Magazine

"This is the perfect title for those who believe that sewing should be a fun and relaxing hobby and not an endurance test" --Sewing World

"This is the perfect title for those who believe that sewing should be a fun and relaxing hobby and not an endurance test!" "Poppy's designs are fresh and contemporary and her relaxed style puts them within the grasp of stitchers of all levels of expertise." --Sewing World

"This is the perfect title for those who believe that sewing should be a fun and relaxing hobby and not an endurance test!" "Poppy's designs are fresh and contemporary and her relaxed style puts them within the grasp of stitchers of all levels of expertise." --Sewing World

About the Author

Poppy Treffry owns her own company making beautiful and unique accessories for fashion and the home. The company started in 2004 and now sells to some of the UK's biggest names, including Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and the Eden Project, and has been featured in numerous magazines. Poppy lives in Cornwall.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN TO SEW 5 Jan 2010
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Buy 31 Mar 2010
I cant rate this book highly enough! It is worth every penny, there are so many great ideas, and really down to earth instructions!
I have tried many of the projects in the book, including coffee pot covers, bags and purses, and picnic blanket! All have turned out brilliantly!
The book contains loads of patterns too, so an amazing investment for loads of projects!!
Buy wont be dissapointed!!!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achieving Poppy Treffry style at home! 6 Dec 2009
Poppy's work has a distinctive style that I adore. I own a few of her pieces, and have studied them before with an eye to 'doing-it-myself'. Now she shares all the titbits on how to do exactly that. Whilst the book is based around machine embroidery (and EVERYTHING is machined) I see no reason why the projects could not be adapted to hand stitching; they'd be equally pretty but take a lot longer!

The book takes you through the whole process, from 'Basic kit' required to 'Projects'. As something of a sewing machine novice I found the information on 'Getting started and Techniques' particularly useful - Poppy really does tell you exactly how to do it all. Techniques range from shading to applique, and from dealing with edges to finishing your embroidery. Poppy also includes a useful section on troubleshooting; I haven't needed it yet, but it's nice to know it's there! Guidance on fabrics is also given - this is really useful to a novice like me as it helps to know what to ask/look for rather than going by feel and what looks nice.

Projects include:

Greetings Cards
Whimsical Wall Tidy
Beautiful Breakfast Cosies
Perfect Pinny and Hairband
Extra Comfy Cushions
Fresh-as-a-Daisy Curtains

I haven't actually completed a project yet - I'm still at the 'playing' around stage (which Poppy recommends), but I'm still very pleased with my results. I don't think I'll ever be able to sign my name with a sewing machine (as Poppy does....), but I am more than confident that all the projects are within my expertise. Not only that my mind is already racing ahead with the inspiration that Poppy has sparked. Delighted with the book and grateful that she decided to share with us!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy going free style stitching 16 May 2011
I have wanted to have a go at freestyle stitching for a while and as I love Poppys work her book was the obvious choice for me. Thankfully I haven't been disappointed. She really does give you step by step instructions and handy tips along the way,Telling you what equipment is needed, the best type to get and isn't at all stuffy in her approach as some sewing books can be. There are plenty of projects, ideas and templates for you to use but the overwhelming impression I am left with is one of fun. This book isn't for beginners to sewing though, just to freestyle stitching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book 2 Mar 2011
Loved this book. I have only recently started machine sewing and found this book very inspiring and full of some great ideas. It is easy to follow and beautifully presented. I have completed one project so far, (machine sewn applique gift cards) and can highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great inspiration 12 Feb 2010
By Emma
I love Poppy Treffry's style, and have admired her tea cosies I've seen in a local designer gallery. Following that, I got this book - which is fantastic, and has lots of great ideas for appliqué projects. As a beginner I found the hints at the beginning very helpful before moving on to the more detailed projects. I have made several of the projects now including the door stop, apron tea cosie and book cover, and have been very pleased with the results - I think they look as good as the original ones. I highly recommend this book to anyone who also loves Poppy's style. The only drawback I would say is that some of the instructions for the projects are a bit vague, as are the pictures of how to fit the different parts of the pattern together, which I feel is a problem if you don't have experience doing this before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for Poppy Treffry fans. 5 Aug 2011
By chipin
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I have had this book a while now but have only made one item from it, the purse, which has a clever way of creating a lining I have not come across before. I have seen Poppy's products in shops and love them but the book although lovely, has not inspired me enough to get the sewing machine out. There are a lot of sewing craft books with similar projects and I suppose you can only have so many book covers, blankets, bags & purses. This book is different in that it uses free machine embroidery & applique to decorate the items, in the Poppy Treffry style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book. 6 Jan 2011
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A great book, full of ideas and things to make. Has a section on tips to help with problems you encounter - which is good! Lovely illustrations. It comes highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Lovely interesting book. There are good ideas and instructions and templates which will enable you to make what is in the book and inspire you to make using your own imagination.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine embroidery book
This book gives you the basics on how to start this addictive technique. It has given me confidence and lots of inspiration.....all I need now is time! Read more
Published 9 months ago by L.Tabern
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I have already done a free embroidery course but did not do applique on it, so the reason I bought this book was to find out how to do this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Katy Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful Book
Really pleased with this book. Useful with lots of colourful Ideas and tips. Also templates in the back. Would definitely recommend
Published 10 months ago by Christine Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Free to experiment!!
What a lovely inspiring book. If you like being creative with stitch this is the book for you especially if your wanted to learn how to free motion with your sewing machine.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Catherine Crew
3.0 out of 5 stars Stitching ideas
Nice book, interesting ideas, though a little too 'cottagy' for me, would be useful for a younger person to learn techniques on small projects, and they are'nt too overwhelming if... Read more
Published 18 months ago by sarah e sedgewick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great crafting companion.
great book, full of brilliant innovative ideas. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to go freestyle with their sewing.
Published 19 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
this book is fab, full of useful tips and ideas
Beautiful projects to do and give you confidence and inspiration to do your own projects
Published 20 months ago by debbyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I bought this as I love poppy teffry designs. Lovely to look at and read as well as lots of practical tips and projects.
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was highly disappointed with this book. Besides the basic machine embroidery technique tips, there was nothing else that really stood out for me with this book-and even those... Read more
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