Sew Liberated is the first how-to book of its kind to resurrect the art of applique for today's generation of "sewists" looking to imbue their work with creative style. Readers will learn hand- and machine applique techniques for use outside the traditional quilting context, plus how to create fabric collages. Applique, a technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto clothing, bags, quilts, and other creations, allows do-it-yourself sewists to take embroidery to a new level; it's an ideal format for those with some sewing experience to break away from the constraints of sewing patterns and create uniquely personal designs. Explore the history of applique and how it was rediscovered in the fiber arts, learn applique and embroidery techniques, and create 25 modern, stylish sewing projects ranging from aprons, skirts, pillows, bags, totes, a duvet cover, a wall clock, blouse, baby quilt, scarf, and much more. Projects range from simple to advanced in difficulty. Step-by-step instructions, color photographs, and comprehensive how-to embroidery instructions make Sew Liberated and all-in-one resource and guide. Sew Liberated provides all levels of sewists with new techniques, creative challenges, and a full range of projects ranging in difficulty and time commitment.
An internationally certified Montessori teacher and successful sewing pattern designer, Meg McElwee is the author of the Sew Liberated crafting blog. She writes tutorials on sewing and other handmade projects and shares tidbits about her life. Until July 2008, Meg was a Montessori teacher in a one-room school house in rural Mexico. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband to focus full-time on her business and family.