Natalie composes a book of techniques, written and illustrated by hand, to catalog and standardize evolving embroideries. Lovingly called the “Stitch Book,” the pages are photocopied and used to help streamline the collections and productions being accomplished by the 100+ artisans working in and around the community.
The handmade book eventually becomes the basis for the Studio Book series, The School of Making, and Project Threadways—recording and documenting handwork techniques and living arts across the region.
Purchase a signed copy of Alabama Stitch Book here.
View more from the Studio Book Series here.
Explore The School of Making here.
Slide 1: 3D Appliqué illustrations from the original “Stitch Book”, photograph by Robert Rausch
Slide 2: Fabric Swatch in Zero 3D Appliqué in Black/Earth, Alabama Chanin, 2014, photograph by Abraham Rowe
Slide 3: Beading illustrations page of the original “Stitch Book”, photograph by Robert Rausch
Slide 4: Fabric swatch in Anna’s Garden Sand using Transitional Embroidery that features Reverse Appliqué, Reverse Appliqué with Random Beading, and Quilting techniques, photograph by Robert Rausch
Slide 5: Felled Seam instructions page of the original “Stitch Book”, photograph by Robert Rausch
Slide 6: Detail of a Felled Seam, photograph by Robert Rausch