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"Mixed-media artist Solomon uses embroidery to embellish her artwork with texture and depth. This collection of simple projects demonstrates how embroidered embellishment can add interest to everyday goods. After a clear, thorough introduction to the tools and supplies used in hand embroidery, the fun begins: Solomon presents a collection of home decor and accessory projects with a distinctively indie-craft aesthetic. A number of artists join her to present their takes on the projects, bringing their unique styles to the collection. Interest in embroidery continues to grow, and the variety of projects in Solomon’s collection, as well as its trendy aesthetic, make this an appealing purchase."
NANETTE DONOHUE, Champaign P.L., IL FIBER CRAFTS

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Lisa Solomon is a studio artist that moonlights as a college professor and graphic designer. Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization (sparked from her Happa heritage), Solomon's mixed-media works and installations revolve thematically around domesticity, craft, and triggers that may be construed as masculine and/or feminine. She is drawn to found objects tending to alter them conceptually so their meanings and original uses or intents are repurposed. She often fuses "wrong" things together--recontextualizing their original purposes, and incorporating materials that question the line between ART and CRAFT. She received her BA in art in 1995 from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College in 2003. She has exhibited and works with galleries both nationally and internationally, is in numerous private and public collections, and is continually tweeking artworks in her backyard studio. She resides in Oakland, California with her husband, daughter, a three-legged cat, a cross-eyed cat, a deaf French bulldog, a pit-bull, and many, many spools of thread. She is the author of Knot Thread Stitch (Quarry Books, 2012). www.lisasolomon.com

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592537723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592537723
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By risa friedman on June 28, 2012
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This book is a visual treat! I've admired Lisa Solomon's work for years and couldn't wait to get my hands on her book. I love that Knot Thread Stitch contains two versions of every project - Lisa's version and one created by another artist. This approach to a craft book not only provides double the inspiration but encourages creativity by demonstrating the many ways each technique can be executed. My only complaint is that I now have so many ideas that I don't know where to start!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Duran on June 24, 2012
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"KNOT THREAD stitch" will reshape your thinking about what you can do with a needle and thread. The included projects are unique, fun, and appealing with lovely photographs and personal insights as to what inspired their creation. However, it is the author's fresh approach in presenting her ideas which excites me the most. She has taken each of her projects and invited another artist she admires to put their own spin on it, thus providing two great ideas while encouraging you to personalize the projects and make them your own!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Spence on August 28, 2012
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... But grandma would approve. I love this book. It's got everything. The projects are so fun and easy, with lots of room for self expression. This book is full of inspiring artists, with easy contemporary projects, a sprinkling of history and tons of tips on techniques. Every time I pick up this book I find new inspiration and information. I recommend this to anyone interested in pushing the boundaries of embroidery. Fabulous photos and clear instructions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Lu Bain on July 9, 2012
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"Knot Thread Stitch" is not your average embroidery how-to book. What Lisa Solomon has written ought to be classified as a 'you've gotta try this' primer of sorts. Though Solomon does outline the ins and outs of the basic materials and techniques of embroidery, "Knot Thread Stitch" is more of an introduction to thinking outside the box, or hoop if you will. Solomon has designed projects that folks new to embroidery can easily access, in fact some of the very artists included were newbies to embroidery themselves; yet she remains true to her fine arts background and guides readers to dig deeper by encouraging more mature ideas, sprinkling in bits of art theory, and reminding us of the importance of intention. I love how downright silly some of the projects are like finger puppets and shrinky-dinks, but even these silly projects open doors about how to combine materials in new ways that even seasoned artists can appreciate. This book won't just teach you how to monogram your hanky, it shows you how to tap into your own creative voice... even if you never thought you had one.
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Most embroidery books get my attention. This one didn't. It's okay but the designs just were not my thing, having a more crafty feel to them rather than art or traditional needlepoint work. There were good instructions and pictures of the finished projects. But nothing that was catching my creative juice. I am going to pass it onto my grandkids and see if they are interested in any of the projects. Then it will be fun to work a project with them. If they aren't this book will be donated to the local library.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Anne Calabia on September 13, 2012
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Most of the projects in "Knot Thread Stitch" are great for beginners. Some craft books can be daunting for someone starting out with a new hobby. Unfortunately, someone with a ton of craft books and magazines might be disappointed. The usefulness of this book will depend heavily on the reader's level of skill and the complexity of her ideas regarding mixed media.

While it's not marketed that way, this book is ideal for a crafter with curious children. There are two examples for most of the projects -- a basic procedure and the "artist version" -- and I can imagine parents using this book to teach their children how to sew properly. The "Portrait of Papa" piece is a lovely example of how a childlike imagination, coupled with almost expert-level sewing, can produce brilliant and whimsical work.

My favorite projects in "Knot Thread Stitch" are those that stem from the author's interest in her Japanese heritage. The robot and kokeshi finger puppets, along with the sashiko skirt, are items I'd probably make for myself. The author's procedures are good introductions to these styles.

It's unfortunate that there are some copy editing gaffes; I hope these oversights can be corrected in a future edition.

(This review first appeared in the San Francisco Book Review.)
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Lisa Solomon's book is what I have been waiting for! Full of technique and insightful lessons which - by the way- are beautifully photographed make anyone at ease with creating with thread. I personally love the voice of this book. The projects are expandable, easy to make your very own. This is what I look for in an instructional book - and Knot Thread Stitch does this perfectly!!
I am excited to start on one of the projects after the holidays and feel inspired and motivated by the examples, yet able to create my own ideas from them.

There is everything to love here - clear, useful directions illustrated by helpful photographs and projects which I actually would make. Lisa demystifies the processes for the beginners and challenges the more studied hand stitcher with these modern projects.

This would be a great gift for an aspiring teen or adult too - who wants to make something in embroidery all their own. Can't say enough here about how much I love this book!! Thank you Lisa Solomon!!
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