Texture reigns in Make It Sew Modern

Posted by on March 22, 2012, in quilting & sewing,

I’ve been waiting. Have you been waiting? Now that we have a new blog, the wait is over–I can tell you all about the new book Make It Sew Modern! I’m so excited to launch this book here at Stitch This! and introduce you to the stylish Vanessa Christenson.

Whatever you choose to call her sewing blog—V & Co., V and Company, Vanessa and Co., or “that hilarious woman who sews’s blog,”—thousands visit it daily for Vanessa’s humor, humbleness, and talent for turning out gorgeous simplicity in project after project. Not to mention for reading the side-splitting stories about her family life. (Four children = endless entertainment.)

Whether it’s something to wear, to decorate with, to carry, or to cuddle up in, Vanessa’s designs are always clean and sophisticated—but there’s always a textural angle that lends a feminine feel to her work. Hence the subtitle of her book: Gather, Twist, Pleat, Texture. Check out this slideshow and you’ll see what I mean.

Gather: All-Season Scarf.

Gather: All-Season Scarf.

Decorative Balls

Twist: Decorative Balls.

Handy Tote

Pleat: Handy Tote.

Spring Blossom Wreath

Texture: Spring Blossom Wreath.

Square within a Square Pillow

Gather: Square-within-a-Square Pillow.

Satin Ribbon Flower

Twist: Satin Ribbon Flower Accessory.

Schoolgirl Skirt

Pleat: Schoolgirl Skirt.

Flower Ring

Texture (and twist, too!): Flower Ring.

You can “meet” Vanessa true-to-form in this video tutorial for her stylish jersey-knit bracelet. Her fans begged for a vid; Vanessa acquiesced and made one on her blog for this popular project (some of you may remember this fun how-to from childhood).

From tutorial making to potty learning (see video), this woman is an amazing multi-tasker. And she inspired me to make a few bracelets of my own.

See? Love ’em!

>>>THIS JUST IN: Vanessa is offering a new online course at Craftsy. Congratulations, Vanessa!

So, which project do you most want to try from Make It Sew Modern? Name your favorite in the comments and you could win a copy of the Make It Sew Modern eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (Or, you can purchase your copy of Vanessa’s book here and download the eBook for free right now.) Happy stitching, and good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win the Make It Sew Modern eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Tracy, who said:

“Love the accessorizing with the flowers & pleats, but the scarf is something I’d have to make!”

Tracy, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!

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