Alabama Stitch Book publishes in the spring of 2008. Focusing on the use of recycled t-shirts as the basis for a collection of 20 projects, the publication is the first in what is to become the Studio Book Series. The book open sources, for private use, the Swing Skirt, Corset, and Shawl patterns, three of the most popular patterns in the history of Project Alabama and Alabama Chanin. Additionally, the Stitch Book includes four stencil designs—Bloomers, Rose, Rooster, and Lace Stripe—plus Natalie’s famous biscuit recipe, and stories about cotton and community.
In 2018, Alabama Stitch Book celebrates 10 years of publication with an updated cover and introduction.
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Slide 6: Reverse Appliqué Swing Skirt (shown in Bloomers, Natalie’s design choice for this project—read an entry on Bloomers here) from Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin, photographs by Robert Rausch, 2008, photograph by Abraham Rowe
Slide 7: Fabric swatch in Bloomers Plum/Carmine with reverse appliqué, photograph by Abraham Rowe; This photograph would become the new cover for Alabama Stitch Book upon its reissue in 2018
Slide 8: Ten-year edition of Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin, reissued with a new cover featuring Bloomers reverse appliqué, 2018, photograph by Abraham Rowe