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Stitched Gifts: 25 Sweet and Simple Embroidery Projects for Every Occasion

Stitched Gifts: 25 Sweet and Simple Embroidery Projects for Every Occasion

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Stitched Gifts: 25 Sweet and Simple Embroidery Projects for Every Occasion

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Jan 25, 2013


From Jessica Marquez, founder of the popular blog and shop Miniature Rhino, Stitched Gifts offers irresistible embroidery projects for every occasion—weddings, holidays, baby showers, anniversaries, or just because. Each project is rendered in Marquez's signature natural, modern style and can be easily personalized for truly meaningful keepsakes. Featuring an illustrated stitch dictionary, striking photographs, plus a section on creative finishing techniques such as staining hoops, framing, and more, this distinctly beautiful craft book has something for embroiderers of all skill levels.
Jan 25, 2013

À propos de l'auteur

Jessica Marquez is the founder of Miniature Rhino, an online shop and blog that has been profiled by Design*Sponge, Daily Candy, ReadyMade, InStyle, and more. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Stitched Gifts - Jessica Marquez

To my parents, Rod and Cici,

who have always

supported me and encouraged me

to pursue a creative path

Copyright © 2012 by Jessica Marquez.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:

Marquez, Jessica.

Stitched gifts : 25 sweet and simple embroidery projects for every occasion / by Jessica Marquez.

pages cm

Includes index.

ISBN 978-1-4521-0726-4 (pb)

ISBN 978-1-4521-2052-2 (epub, mobi)

1. Embroidery – Patterns. I. Title.

TT771.M34 2012

746.44 – dc23


Designed by Vivien Sung

Typeset by Graeme Jones

Photographs by Jessica Marquez

Additional Retouching by Jeremy Dyer

Bohin is a registered trademark of Bohin France Société Anonyme. Clover is a registered trademark of Clover Mfg. Co., Ltd. Delta Creative and Sobo are registered trademarks of Delta Technical Coatings, Inc. DMC Creative World is a registered trademark of Dollfus Mief & Cie. Electric Quilt is a registered trademark of Electric Quilt Co. Fray Check is a registered trademark of General Dispersions Inc. iDye is a registered trademark of Rupert, Gibbon & Spider, Inc. IKEA is a registered trademark of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Besloten Vennootschap. Kobalt is a registered trademark of LF, LLC. Lineco is a registered tratdemark of Lineco, Inc. Loew-Cornell is a registered trademark of Loew-Cornell, Inc. Mod Podge is a registered trademark of Enterprise Paint Manufacturing Co. Pellon and Stitch-n-Tear are registered trademarks of Pellon Corp. Sajou is a registered trademark of Frederique Crestin Billet. Saral is a registered trademark of Saral Paper Co., Inc. Sharpie is a registered trademark of Sanford. Solvy is a registered trademark of Gunold USA, Inc. Sobo is a registered trademark of Delta Creative, Inc. Stiffy is a registered trademark of Plaid Enterprises, Inc. Sulky is a registered trademark of Gunold + Stickma Materials GMBH Co. Thread Heaven is a registered trademark of Donna L. Hennen. Wonder-Under is a registered trademark of Freudenberg Nonwovens Ltd. X-ACTO is a registered trademark of Elmer’s Products, Inc.

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Thom O’Hearn got this whole ball rolling; a big thank you to him for seeing the potential in my work. Much appreciation and thanks to Lindsay Edgecombe, whose constant support throughout this process has been invaluable. Thank you to all at Chronicle, especially Laura Lee Mattingly, who thoughtfully guided this book into being, and Allison Weiner for photography guidance and design.

To Jeremy Dyer, who helped me at every step with kindness, patience, and endless cups of tea, thank you.

Big hugs and big thanks to some of the craftiest ladies around: Michelle Cavigliano, Julie Schneider, and Virginia Kraljevic. Michelle and Julie, thank you for your helpful read through and edits. Virginia’s home is filled with amazing vintage finds (see Home & Hearth image, pages 34–35), and I was lucky enough to shoot some pictures in her home. Thanks so much for your styling and photo help.

Some of the pictures in this book were taken in the lovely Brooklyn apartment of my friends Becky Hurwitz and Adam Ryder; thanks so much guys!

Thank you so much to Erin Hunt and Kingsman Brewster for letting me photograph your beautiful daughter, Ingrid.

To all the people who have supported my work, at Miniature Rhino and otherwise, you make me happy and I am thankful.

To you! Thank you for reading this book.


Introduction 6

Tools & Materials 9

Transferring & Personalizing Patterns 15

Stitch Dictionary 19

Simple Stitch Sampler 31

Home & Hearth 35

Family Plaque 37

You Are Here 41

Good Luck Horseshoe 43

Welcome Banner 47

Key Holder 51

Engagement, Wedding & Anniversary 54

Crossed Arrows & Banner 57

Tree Ring Sampler 59

Wedding Table Markers 63

Flower Bouquet 66

Me & You 69

Babies & Little Ones 73

Nursery Alphabet 75

Baby Mine Mobile 77

Child’s Drawing 81

Little Silhouettes 85

Baby Banner Sampler 89

Holidays, Birthdays & Special Occasions 92

Perennial Monogram 95

Stitched Cards 99

Stitched Gift Tags 103

Snowflake Ornament 107

Custom Zodiac 109

Keepsakes & Forget-Me-Nots 113

Family Tree 115

Paper & Type 119

Loved One’s Signature 123

Message in a Bottle 127

Photo Corners 129

Finishing Techniques 132

Resources 134

Index 136

About the Author 137

Patterns 138


In college I spent most of my time holed up in a tiny darkroom developing film, printing black-and-white negatives, and processing color prints. I liked the smell of fixative on my hands, flipping on the light of the enlarger revealing a ghostly projected image in the dark, and the formulaic steps of it all. But the thing I liked most was watching an image appear on photographic paper after being exposed to light. I’d gently rock the paper back and forth in the tray of developer and, like magic, the image would come forth. I come back to that moment of an image slowly developing, appearing from nothing, when I think of embroidery. It’s a process that unfolds with time, stitch by stitch making magic.

Unexpectedly, it was photography that brought me to embroidery. While working on a master’s in imaging arts at Rochester Institute of Technology, I stumbled into working with needle and thread. I was creating a miniature museum of my family and had worked with a geneticist to code my family’s DNA. I decided to portray the scrolling code of DNA by embroidering it, and began teaching myself embroidery with old library books. I did everything wrong in the beginning—I didn’t wash my fabrics first and ended up shrinking my fabric and my stitches into a blob of thread; I used pencil to make patterns, which never washes out (but I kind of like that!); and I made lots of mistakes (I still do, and you will too).

One of the reasons I love embroidery so much is because it is so forgiving. You can learn the right way to make a stitch, but every one of us will make it a little bit different. The length of the stitch, just where your needle enters the fabric, how tight you pull your thread, even the colors you choose and the style of your work—it all differs from person to person. I liken embroidery to drawing or painting. It can be loose and expressive, built up in layers, or just a mark here and there. Even when a pattern or a particularly precise stitch is involved, there are so many ways to make it your own. Forgive me here, cross-stitch, but you are just not as satisfying—so rigid, so mathematical, so few options. My heart belongs to embroidery.

Believe it or not, I’ve never used a commercial embroidery pattern. I’ve always made my own, simply because I enjoy creating personalized pieces. Almost all of the embroideries I’ve made for my online shop, Miniature Rhino, are custom, given as gifts for weddings, birthdays, new babies, and the like. I saw that people wanted unique, handmade gifts that were personal and made with love, but not cheesy. The twenty-five patterns in this book are made with this—and you—in mind. Here is a collection of gift-worthy projects with a twist of nostalgia and Victorian romanticism that will whet your appetite for embroidery, and give you lots of wiggle room to customize. Whatever the occasion, there is a project in here for you, even if it’s something to make just because!

But, before you jump into the projects, I want to get a little personal—this book is all about it! Many of the projects are customizable: you can add your own text, names, a quote, or a date. The idea is to use the pattern templates and alphabet templates found at the back of the book to create your own custom patterns. These templates are ready to use, but they can also be scanned, enlarged, reduced, saved, and printed as many times as you like. I also explain how to create your own custom patterns.

The first step in embroidery is transferring patterns onto fabric. You are probably familiar with iron-on transfers, but these leave you with little wiggle room to modify the pattern. With the projects in this book, I want you to have as much flexibility as possible, so that you can change the size, even change the lines of the template if you like, and add your own details. So first, I show you different transfer techniques that I use, and then you can figure out what works best for you. Then I take you through the steps of each individual project with detailed instructions. For many of the projects, I offer options for simplifying steps. And you can also always forgo the alphabet templates by adding your own freehand text. For each project, I’ve provided the approximate length of time that it takes to make it. The times will vary depending on your choices, but all of the projects can be made in a weekend.

Every project in this book was cooked up in my Brooklyn studio (a.k.a. the spare bedroom) during an intensely hot summer. I felt like a mad scientist, working away in my craft lab at all hours of the night and day, getting the details just right. All of these embroidery projects were created so that you can make memorable gifts for someone special, or for yourself. My hope is that these projects excite your imagination, challenge and develop your skills, give you lots of creative inspiration, and provide many days of enjoyable making.

– Jessica Marquez


One thing I love about embroidery is that you don’t need much to start. With just an

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