As makers, we tend to learn different stitches over time without thinking much about how they relate to one another. But when Natalie Chanin and her Alabama Chanin and The School of Making teams began to look at needlework closely, they realized all stitches are based on geometric grid systems-and by using grids as guides, they could make learning stitches, even seemingly elaborate ones, as easy as child´s play. In The Geometry of Hand-Sewing Chanin presents their breakthrough method, featuring illustrated instructions (for both right- and left-handed stitchers) for more than 100 stitches-from the most basic straight and chain to the more fanciful feather and herringbone; photos of both right and wrong sides; and guidelines for modifying stitches to increase one´s repertoire further. To simplify learning, the book also includes two plastic stitching cards die-cut with the grids on which every stitch in the book is based. These reusable cards can be stitched through for practicing (just as children use lacing cards to learn to tie shoes) or used as stencils for transferring grids to fabric.
From the simple Triangular Diamond and the Tower to the more advanced Cuboctahedron and the magnificent Stella Octangular, 30 multifaceted marvels will not only challenge devotees of the ancient Japanese art of paperfolding but will also appeal to students and others interested in math and geometry.
Explore geometry and tilings through the art of origami! The simple beauty of repeating geometric patterns - used in art and architecture for centuries - is introduced to the world of folding paper in this first book of its kind to be published. This book provides the fundamentals of origami tessellations - including techniques unique to tessellation folding - as well as step-by-step instructions for 25 origami tessellation projects. This book can be enjoyed by beginners, intermediate folders, and expert origamists.