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C&T Publishing’s new imprint FunStitch Studio promises to deliver exciting and creative books for young crafters. Sutcliffe gives step-by-step instructions for making jewelry, embellishing clothing and tote bags, creating room décor, and more. Basic stitches are demonstrated via illustrations: running, backstitch, cross-stitch, lazy daisy, arrow, whipstitch, and blanket. The projects are great to work on individually to keep or give as gifts or to work on as a group during crafting parties and sleepovers. Sutcliffe maintains a craft blog featuring her latest projects so readers can follow her and see more crafts online. Recommended for ages 10 to 13. (Becky Walton Ingram Content, 3/6/13)

Blogger Sutcliffe's first book is an approachable set of projects, mostly embroidery-based and aimed at preteen girls. Her aesthetic is charming: simple, often patterned, designs with easy-to-stitch lines, with just enough trendiness to appeal. Watercolor & Pen Postcards are pleasing despite being basic, while the Simply Stitched Tote Bag and Leather Bracelets have the kind of vaguely beachy, woodsy look that's perfect for summer. Adults who find this book might want to stitch up a few of the designs for themselves. A few caveats before buying, though. While Sutcliffe provides extensive illustrated directions for embroidery stitches, notation to "use a sewing machine to prepunch" or to trim the raw edges "with pinking shears" pop up without warning that such tools are needed. Also, with several projects, Sutcliffe advises stitching on Aida cloth, then fusing the cloth to an article of clothing or accessory. Aida cloth won't hold up to much wear and tear (or washing) and waste canvas, which is widely available, is a far better choice. With those minor oddities in mind, this book is a lovely gift to the supervised young crafter. Color photos. (Publishers Weekly, May 6, 2013)

All of the projects are cool and fun, and appeal to anyone. Though most of the pictures have girls doing the projects, the projects aren’t girly and my son didn’t consider any of the projects “off limits” for a boy. Most of the projects require materials that, as an avid crafter, I had on hand, making this a great rainy-day book to just flip through and make without running to the store. There were ideas in this book that I will totally use in my own projects. I also liked that there are a great variety of projects that can be done by hand, without a machine. Fabric Paper Thread is full of ideas. Many of these projects will make great road trip and vacation projects, and I’m looking forward to trying them out with my kids. (Sew A Straight Line, 9/10/13)

We're not really caring that our staff members' assorted children, who serve as our junior editors, want to look at this book. Instead we tell in (insert little white lie here) that they are way too young for this level of fun and that they need to leave this book in the hands of trained pros (ahem, their moms and dads.) We don't want to deny them the pleasure of Kristen's marvelously different book of stitched fun. We just want to feel the pleasure first. (Being older has to have some perks.) So we've hidden this gem from their greedy little fingers and instead we're trying our skills out on Kristen's brilliant projects. After all, who the heck adapts self-adhesive reinforcement circles to hair ornaments? Or stitches right on that oh-so-begging-for-embellishment Moleskine craft paper notebook cover? Hmmm? Yep. That's what we're talking about.
(Generation Q Magazine, September/October 2013)

What we liked most about this book, designed to get children crafting, is that we could imagine that most of the projects are things they will genuinely be interested in making, wearing, using or gifting to family and friends. They're not dorky or embarrassing or inane. Another thing that appealed was that even children who have never crafted before will find projects that they are likely to be able to tackle successfully. Each one is graded, although even the most difficult are very achievable with the involvement of a bit more time and patience. Each project is broken down into small steps, and there are plenty of photographs and encouraging words that will help young novices enjoy the process as well as the outcomes. The projects include a pencil holder, cushion cover, several bags, notepad cover and embellishments for clothing. If you have a young woman in your life in, say, the 9-to-14 years age range, this book could be a real winner.
(Australian Homespun Magazine, October 2013)

About the Author

Kristen Sutcliffe’s grandmother taught her how to cross-stitch when she was very young, preparing her for a college career spent studying ceramics. During a three-year stint in Japan, she fell in love with fabric and craft books. She lives in Oberlin, Ohio with her family.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / FunStitch Studio (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607057158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607057154
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Caffeinated Quilter on June 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
In our house, summertime means lots of crafting opportunities with my kiddos. So having the opportunity to review Kristen Sutcliff's new book, Fabric Paper Thread was a fantastic way for me to combine work and play. My daughters, aged 8, 5, and 3, helped me pick projects and make several of the projects for this review.

Overall, this book is a terrific resource for anyone working with kids. Although it's recommended for ages 10-13, my oldest daughter was able to do the projects independently, and my 5 and 3 year olds were able to complete the projects with help. I love that the book doesn't scream "kids book" with primary colors and watered-down projects. When we first looked at the book, I asked my girls to each pick several projects they liked best, and I intended to do the same. Theoretically, this would help us narrow down where to start. However, our combined lists encompassed all 26 projects.

We started with the color wheel hair clips. They came out adorably! My oldest daughter not only made hers independently, but then made an additional two sets to give away to friends. I even made a set, and have enjoyed wearing them.

What I appreciated about this project was that the girls learned how to sew small embroidery stitches without the frustration of making them in an even, straight line. Kristen's technique for making the clips was simple and ingenious. We were finished in about an hour, and all the girls were excited to wear their new creations.

Next we made stitched notebook covers. Again, my 8 year old finished the project independently, and was quite happy with her results. I had fun helping the younger girls, and even the littlest one wound up stitching by herself.
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By Ramona on December 29, 2013
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A nice introduction to sewing projects. My only criticism is that it is too gender specific when nearly all of the projects could be adapted to guy designs it would have. Been nice to see some in the book. Well presented, looks fine on the kindle fire.
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