Book Review:

Stitchy Kitty, Fuzzy Puppy by Ayako Otsuka

Rissa Peace Root 2010

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Title: Stitchy Kitty, Fuzzy Puppy: 60 Motifs to Stitch Everywhere
Author:  Ayako Otsuka
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Interweave Press (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596681837
ISBN-13: 978-1596681835
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches

Despite being published in 2009, I only just discovered this book.  It is one of the most inspiring craft books that I have seen in recent history, and not just because I love dogs.  One of the attendees at the 2010 EGA National Seminar created three Artist Trading Cards using three different dog motifs from this book.  I pestered her for the information about patterns and she referred me to this book, which she found at her local JoAnn's.  As soon as I got back home, I ordered a copy from Amazon and have not been disappointed. 

The designs and instructions are great.  Although I am already familiar with most of the stitches and techniques used, they are well broken down and diagrammed.  It is also a great introduction into some basic Stumpwork techniques.  I think that any crazy quilter who wanted to add dog and cat motifs to her blocks would greatly enjoy this amazing book.  It is well worth the investment, even if you only use one or two of these motifs. 

I am including photos of the Artist Trading Cards made by Carla Morley, using some of these motifs.  I am so proud to have these in my collection!

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