The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making is truly a love story of about hand stitching. Natalie Chanin describes the book as a labor of love, but you will fall in love with the process of perfect hand sewing as you flip page after page.
Chanin says in the introduction, “I’m not a mathematician, but I am a designer who loves geometry, that is, the relationship among points, lines and surfaces.” This is true for many of us who sew or quilt- we enjoy putting lines together to form something of beauty.
There are so many things to love about this book. On the practical side, it is spiral-bound book making it easy to follow while stitching. All 100 stitches are pictured, front and back and with diagrams!
And did we mention the stitch cards? No, not those cardboard things you stitched with yarn when you were little, but a similar concept. The book comes with 2 plastic removable sheets that have grids to follow for perfectly even stitches. You can practice on the cards themselves, or use them to mark the fabric. Each grid on the card is scaled in 3 sizes.
Of course, one of the things we like best is that our Coats & Clark Button & Craft thread is recommended for the distinctive techniques used in Alabama Chanin clothing. Details of Alabama Chanin garments are also shown throughout the book. Our Button & Craft thread is strong and has a glace finish which prevents it from knotting, twisting or fraying when hand sewing. We will be giving away a copy but if you want to be sure to have the book, you can find it here.
We are giving an assortment of Alabama Chanin’s favorite colors of Coats Button & Craft thread- 11 spools total to 2 lucky winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive the thread and a signed copy of “The Geometry of Hand-Sewing”. The contest will run April 2 through April 16. It is open to residents of the US and Canada.
About Alabama Chanin:
The company that has become what Alabama Chanin is today began early in 2000 with the creation of hand-sewn garments made from cotton jersey t-shirts by founder and slow design pioneer Natalie Chanin.
We are a leader in elevated craft due to a strong belief in tradition and dedication to locally sewn garments and goods—both hand and machine-sewn. We maintain responsible, ethical, and sustainable practices holding ourselves to the highest standards for quality. We are makers and educators, working to elevate and merge design, craft, and fashion.
At Alabama Chanin, we preserve traditions of community, design, producing, and living arts by examining work and life through the acts of storytelling, photography, education, and making.
About The School of Making:
The School of Making is an overseeing body that directs and innovates Alabama Chanin’s learning initiatives and educational programs. This arm of the Alabama Chanin Family of Businesses oversees DIY, Host a Party, Build a Wardrobe, and workshop programming, format, and content; it acts as a researching body for new subjects and new ways of disseminating information. The School of Making is an active voice in our local community, our state, and the making community, at large.
Alabama Chanin, as a concept and a company, began as a DIY enterprise. In the 2000s, our workshop programming was a natural outgrowth of the emerging DIY initiative growing around us. Our experiences showed us that face-to-face and hand-to-hand contact helped our customers better understand the what, why, and how of our making processes and the importance of an organic supply chain. DIY offerings expanded, our workshop offerings became more diverse, and our Journal content added additional DIY instruction, stories, and ideas. Natalie’s The School of Making Book Series open sources our techniques and materials, which grew from our commitment to sustainability. Doing so allows us to make living arts accessible to all consumers.