Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment
By Christi Johnson
Anything but ordinary, Mystical Stitches combines the beloved and accessible craft of embroidery with a spiritual element, introducing a rich treasury of 200 symbols you can use to create personal icons to wear or embellish items in the home.
Christi Johnson offers essential stitching instructions and unique patterns inspired by botanicals, animals, numbers, the cosmos, earth elements, zodiac signs, and mythical beasts, for both novice and 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.
Raised in tropical Florida, Johnson studied Fashion Design at Otis College of Art and Design. She worked in the fashion industry in Los Angeles for nearly a decade and now lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, creating mystical garments that blend elements of botanical dyes with handcrafted stitches.
As a teacher, Johnson also offers workshops in natural dyeing and embroidery and has created kits and booklets for students and DIYers. Her garments, booklets, kits, and embroidered artwork have sold at maker studios and boutiques throughout the United States.
Storey Publishing, 2021, hardback, 8.25 x 10.31 inches, 208 pages.