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Mystical Stitches

Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment

By Christi Johnson

Foreword by Alexandra Jacopetti Hart

Hand embroidery can be a joyous respite from busy daily life. It is an exploration of material, an invitation to slow down, and it allows time for contemplation. Mystical Stitches combines this beloved and accessible craft with a spiritual element, introducing nearly 200 original designs for different symbols readers can use to create personal icons to wear or embellish items in the home. Christi Johnson offers patterns inspired by botanicals, animals, numbers, the cosmos, earth elements, and mythological icons for novice or well-practiced crafters to combine into talismans with personal meaning. Johnson’s folk art style is vibrant and unintimidating and provides a framework for bringing spiritual elements into physical form. In addition to basic techniques, an overview of material options, and an illustrated encyclopedia of stitches, the extensive treasury of symbols is lavishly photographed in hand-stitched, full-color spreads that will inspire readers to create personalized designs to stitch on clothes, hang on the wall, place on an altar, carry with them, or display in a place of prominence.

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"What a gift for the world to have Christi Johnson’s work in printed form. In this book we have the honor of joining Johnson’s journey through embroidery, but we are also invited to go so much deeper than just stitching. Johnson leads us through beloved symbols and incredible imagery—like moon phases, zodiac signs, mythical beasts, and medicinal plants—and also offers suggestions for ways to live, connect, and heal. Christi makes magic with words and images—her intentions, inspirations, and intuition shine so brightly through every page of this stunning book.” — Katrina Rodabaugh, artist and author of Make Thrift Mend and Mending Matters  

“This book is so generous in the way it perfectly balances supportive, clear instructional content and technical information with permission, guidance, and encouragement to experience creativity and process free from perfectionism or external constraints and expectations. The links between magic and creativity and spirituality are so deep and beautifully expressed.” — Sarah K. Benning, author of Embroidered Life 

"Completely fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful! Like Johnson’s embroidery itself, Mystical Stitches channels the power of sacred imagery to seamlessly weave magical symbols into a multidimensional creative outpouring." — Erica Feldmann of Hauswitch 

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Number of pages
208
Publication date
June 22, 2021
ISBN
9781635863345