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Coloring with Thread: A No-Drawing Approach to Free-Motion Embroidery Paperback – August 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157120296X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571202963
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I have tried to pack as much factual information and as many photographs as possible, to give the reader a complete understanding of decorative thread usage and free-motion embroidery. There are so many tips and facts in the text that it is hard to grasp them all in one reading. When a problem with thread arises, my hope is that a solution can be found in the thread chapter, tip boxes or in the troubleshooting guide at the end of the book. Everyone that uses a sewing machine and thread, should have a copy of this book near their sewing table! Ann Fahl

About the Author

Ann Fahl has been exploring and teaching about thread and free-motion embroidery since the 1990s. She lives in Racine, WI.

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I think the tips they give you in this book will be helpful in the learning process.
greentree
Coloring with Thread by Ann Fahl is a fascinating and informative addition to this ever-evolving art form.
Armchair Interviews
The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and the instructions are clear and well-written.
Antoinette

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I enjoy traditional quilts and quilting methods, from hand quilting to stitching in the ditch. But I love free-motion quilting and have recently begun learning free-motion embroidery. Coloring with Thread by Ann Fahl is a fascinating and informative addition to this ever-evolving art form.

Embroidery is decorating or embellishing the surface of fabric with thread. And machine embroidery is the decorative stitching that is done with a sewing machine. Note: When you quilt, you sew through all three layers of a quilt. Machine embroidery is not seen on the underside of the bottom layer of fabric.

Coloring with Thread offers the reader a gallery of quilts to view, with their development by the author. It also includes instruction to help learn the process of machine embroidery, tips and techniques that will help make the sewing easier and more fun, tools and essentials, and actual projects that are easy enough to do that even a novice will be thrilled with the results.

I found the portion about stabilizers and hoops and the advantages and disadvantages of each to be helpful. The tips for bobbin thread selection and thread success should be marked for reference. And the practice exercises allow beginners to become familiar and comfortable with the process of machine embroidery.

Armchair Interviews says: If you're interested in learning about machine embroidery, Coloring with Thread is a must have for your library. And while this is a great book to learn from, the reader will also be thrilled looking at all of the spectacular quilts that are included.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By L. Pedersen on November 15, 2005
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This book is a 'curl up and read' book as if Ann is in the room talking to you. The book is written in such a personal way that you feel she is standing there in the room helping you. She has written it in such a manner that you can easily follow her suggestions and begin using her techniques. I suggest this book for anyone who wants to learn to use the sewing machine to add details to their work.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette on March 4, 2007
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As one reviewer says, this is a must have, must keep how to publication. As I read the introduction, it occurred to me that I could follow the directions and learn free-motion stitching, by which I have been terribly intimidated.

Ms. Fahl takes you from a first-class introduction to several practice exercises and projects -- all designed to allow the reader to become thoroughly comfortable with the process. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and the instructions are clear and well-written.

I use self-learning books all the time, and this is one of the best I've ever read and used. Learning how to draw with thread has been the most fun my sewing machine and I have had together in a long while.

Do yourself a favor and buy this one. It's surely a keeper.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 18, 2006
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Ann Fahl's COLORING WITH THREAD: A NO- DRAWING APPROACH TO FREE-MOTION EMBROIDERY tells how to use any sewing machine with feed dog drop to create embroidered fabrics. From a student gallery of works by students to step-by-step project instructions packed with color photos throughout and color sidebars of tips and tricks, COLORING WITH THREAD provides a fine new approach to creating enhanced fabrics.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Beirwagen on March 7, 2006
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Ann Fahl does an excellant job of putting together an interesting book explaining thread work. It is full of information on needles, threads, cloth, etc. A very good resouce to have on hand. And an inspiration to try to new machine work in quilting.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Quilt Collector on November 18, 2005
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This book has succeeded in capturing the exquisite beauty of Ann Fahl's stitching and color. The step-by-step photos and directions are so detailed that quilters will rest assured they can learn some of her special techniques. For those of us who simply appreciate her work as art, she has shared stories of how some of her quilts came to be designed and included many colorful scenes to enjoy.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Teri on February 25, 2006
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I have seen Ann Fahl's quilts up close and they are beautiful. So I was happy when I could purchase her book that shared her tecnique for thread painting. I think this is a must for anyone who would like to go a step further in their quilt design.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JK on April 7, 2008
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As a freehand embroiderer for more than a couple of decades, I purchased this book a few years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I must admit that I buy books like this as much to enjoy reading as to learn from. Unlike a prior reviewer, I won't criticize Ms. Fahl for having a different artistic vision that I might have--and my work is quite different from hers. So what? This book is presented as a jumping-off point for the buyer's creativity. This book is a great companion to Ms. Fahl's DVD presentation on working with thread; I have reviewed it separately. For a beginner, this can be a very good first resource.
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More About the Author

Ann Fahl, quilt artist, tried all the fiber arts before learning about quilt making. In 1978, she signed up for a quilting class. Quilt making has been an important part of her life ever since. She realized that there had been a quilter inside, just waiting to come out!

Quilting enables Ann to combine the things she loves; color, fabric and sewing. She finds the process of designing, fabricating, and the stitching to be an enjoyable creative experience. Her work has been accepted in art shows and quilt competitions across the US. Making quilts has become her life's passion and a career for a lifetime.

Ann never intended on becoming an author. After designing, selling and teaching about her work, a book seemed the next logical step. Her youngest son, was away at college, it was a good time to write "Coloring with Thread" a book about machine embroidery. The entire process of writing was so challenging and successful, that she wrote another book from C&T Publishing in 2010! The title is "Dancing with Thread." If you like quilting, this next book will be for you, it's about a free spirited approach to machine quilting.

Her latest is a self published book: 'A Black and White Tale.' This features 35 of her original quilts, in full color with verse by Jacquie Scuitto, the Quilt Muse. This is a book for fans of Ann's work, quilt and animal lovers of any age. The story ls about the antics of her black and white cat named Oreo. 48 pages in full color.

Recently Ann has self published several booklets in quilt related areas. "Creating Beautiful Bias Binding" and "Mastering Metallics" are available on her website www.AnnFahl.com. The year 2013 will bring another about machine applique.

Ann is the daughter of two classically trained musicians; the oldest of 3 sisters, a cat lover, master gardener, family genealogist, a wife and mother.