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A Natalie Chanin-Inspired Booklist.

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Cotton Blossoms, South, Digital ID 63135, New York Public LibraryIf you were one of the seventy lovely people who attended our last Handmade Crafternoon (in May—eegads, so long ago!), then you know already what a wonderful time it was.  Natalie Chanin encouraged us all to take up needle and thread and make sustainable fashions entirely by hand from the humblest scraps of soft cotton jersey.  She filled the afternoon with stories, practical advice, and enthusiasm, and Maura and I couldn't have imagined a better way to wind up our spring series.  And of course, there were plenty of books from the stacks to share too, and the day's selection represented a combination of Natalie's own favorite inspirations as well as a variety of historic and international guides to the techniques that Natalie uses in her work: stencil, applique, and embroidery. 

Although this event's booklist is admittedly long overdue, I do hope that you find it useful if you want to investigate further. I also hope that your summer includes some free time to make stuff!

GENERALLY INSPIRING BOOKS

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY

STENCILS AND OTHER PAINTED EMBELLISHMENTS

EMBROIDERY AND OTHER SEWN EMBELLISHMENTS

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