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