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Threadbared: Decades of Don'ts from the Sewing and Crafting World Paperback – November 14, 2006


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No pattern company goes unscathed and no design style is left without remarks, often humorous. Two proud-to-be-southerners, hosts of the Threadbare.com Web site, sharpen pens and tongues on the sewing, knitting, and crocheting trends of the years between the 1940s and the 1980s. Although Wrenn and Watkins admit to knowing nothing about the how-to's of any craft, they gleefully tear apart the styles and mores of the period. Men in cardigans? Yep. Caption a series of make-it-yourself catalog covers? Absolutely. Plus, a number of southernisms are evoked, like grocery-store feet, as well as an implied drawl throughout the monologue. Also, new words appear, such as crobra (that is, a crocheted bra) or manotards (one-piece clothing for men). It's a one-trick, one-read perspective that wears a bit thin after, say, 80 or so pages, but enjoy for a minute or 10. Barbara Jacobs
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Authors Kimberly Wrenn and Mary Watkins don't know how to sew...but they'll have you in stitches with their new book. From the kitschy crafting patterns of the '40s to the orange and brown yarns of the '80s, this tongue-in-cheek picture book questions, "What were they thinking?"

--Jezebel magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307342077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307342072
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Carrero on January 15, 2007
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I love reading Threadbared's blog -- and I thoroughly enjoyed the snarky sarcasm in this book. The only reason I didn't rate it a 5 is because there are too many times that the humor is based on the colors in the photo -- only for us the reader -- all of the photos are in black and white.

Hey gals -- when you get ready to write another book (and I certainly hope you will), try to look at the photos in black and white and re-read your original entries. It'll help you weed out the ones that only make sense in color. (or you could publish the book in color -- but that's probably too pricey of an option.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenna Taylor on January 10, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed until I cried. The pictures are great and the commentary is hilarious. Don't be fooled by the title; you don't need to be into crafts to love this book! It's all about the giggles.
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By skatnbnc on September 12, 2011
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All I can say is get this book and settle in for a laugh-per-page quota that is way above the usual.

Anyone who has anything to do with clothing design or related will enjoy this witty and catty little book of knitwear and sewing examples that never should have passed over the printing press to begin with!

Written tongue-in-cheek with photos of different eras of fashion, it's a must have for the resource bookshelf, if for no other reason than to remind the clothier that even the best design ideas may need a second review before actually being produced.

Mary and Kim take you on a rollercoaster ride of fashion flubs, laughing all the way.
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I got this book at the Dollar Tree and it turned out to be SO FREAKIN' FUNNY! I grew up perusing pattern books with my mom at the fabric store and always poked fun at the modeling and some of the fashions. This book is so hilarious because of the insanely bad fashion statements, the strangeness of the modeling shots, and the "stories" they write behind the pictures. Yes, you DO have to have a certain sense of humor to appreciate it - someone who saw the humor in "Waiting for Guffman" or people who have sardonic humor. I keep it in the bathroom to revisit. Hee hee.
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What could have been a humorous look at clothing of the 20th century instead turned into an overly long and completely lame gay joke. They should have done something like actually make the patterns they were showing off and had modern people wear them, do a sort of ugly fashion show or something. Oh well, at least a friend loaned this to me and I didn't actually buy it.
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Amazingly enough, I found this book in a dollar store, in absolutely pristine condition. It was the only copy there, or I would have snagged a few more for friends who also knit and crochet. If I was a big younger, I would have found Threadbared to be a lot funnier. Surely, it was intended for humor. However, for me the value for me was strictly nostalgic. How I wished some of the actual instructions could have been included!!

Since I started out examining the book by flipping from end to beginning, I was a bit courious about all the gay references. I was hysterical to discover the actual "gay" fashion ideas from the original copy. Oh, my! How the fashion and our vocabularies have changed.

I can't wait to take this book into work with me and pass it around to all the knitters. Our ages range from early 20's to senior citizens, and I know I'll be most entertained to see the range of reactions that this book will bring.

If you can find it, don't pass up this book!
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