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Threadwork Unraveled

Threadwork Unraveled

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Item Number: 8029
By: Sarah Ann Smith
From: American Quilter's Society (September 28, 2009)

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Threadwork Unraveled — Review by Stevii Graves
Don't buy this book if you are sewing-machine phobic! But if you do use a sewing machine, this book could become your new BFF. Smith covers it all, from thread choice to needles to tension. Then she gets down to the real business and leads us into the techniques of machine appliqué and machine quilting, both marked and unmarked. This book needs to live next to your sewing machine. (Posted on 11/17/10)
Threadwork Unraveled — Review by Connie Krochmal
This title features a number of garden quilts with various motifs, such as foliage and trees. There is an exquisite four-season quilt that can be used throughout the year. Of all the projects, this is my favorite. It depicts a tree in each of the seasons. Most of the projects are fairly small, and feature nature and gardening themes, particularly leaves. Each of the small projects is designed to help readers learn a specific lesson, such as machine quilting or appliqué. For each project, this has a list of fabrics and supplies, and color illustrations, easy to follow, step by step directions. While some quilting books begin with fabric, this title is unique. It sheds light on subjects that receive little attention––thread and needles. Readers will learn all about the different types of thread, its selection, and use for various kinds of sewing and quilting techniques. In addition, this explains many other things that are vital to good sewing, such as choosing needles, foundation fabrics, using your sewing machine, marking tools, and organizing your sewing work space. --Connie Krochmal, www.bellaonline.com/articles (Posted on 11/9/10)
Threadwork Unraveled — Review by Quilting Arts Magazine
Quilt artist Sarah Ann Smith shifts the focus from fabric to thread in this lucidly written and detailed introduction to the art of threadwork. With this book as your guide, you’ll enter the arena of machine stitching well armed. If the finicky details of thread tension, thread weight, and needles have intimidated you in the past, Smith will put you at ease as she explains all the basics. Smith discusses how to decoratively incorporate thread into appliqué work, but the book’s most inspirational sections encourage quilters to use a needle and thread as they would a paintbrush and paint, creating fine nuances of shading and detail that can’t be captured solely with cloth. Her advice ranges from the technical to the theoretical as she guides the reader through design considerations such as light source and coloring. Five stitching projects are included, but Smith encourages quilters to experiment, creating samplers of different stitches and tensions before incorporating them into their work. --“Quilting Arts Magazine,” April/May 2010, page 82. (Posted on 4/30/10)
Threadwork Unraveled — Review by DownUnderQuilts
Threads are more than just items to hold your fabric pieces together –– they are a whole design and decoration source unto themselves. Sarah Ann Smith will show you how to use thread on the surface of a quilt, garment or other project with appliqué, embellishment and quilts. There are extensive chapters on thread, needles and tension –– and then you can branch out to try some projects to practice your skills. -- www.downunderquilts.com.au, digital issue #140, page 10. (Posted on 4/30/10)
Interview with author Sarah Ann Smith — Review by Patti Ives, The Appliqué Society
Look for "Meet the Quiltmakers...Sarah Ann Smith, Unraveling the Mystery of ThreadWork," an extensive interview by Patti Ives editor of The Appliqué Society newsletter with Sarah Ann Smith, author of AQS publication "Threadwork Unraveled."The interview appears in the March/April 2010 issue. http://www.theappliquesociety.org (Posted on 4/30/10)
A Fantastic Reference Book For Your Shelf — Review by K Grace Howes
Sarah Ann Smith takes you from the beginning with how thread is made, to selecting the right thread for your project, all the way through to ideas about enhancing your quilts with thread work. The book is filled with her “Sarah-isms” throughout that makes it such a fun and informative read that you feel like you are having a personal workshop right in your own home.

Sarah explains things in such a concise and direct way that gave me many Aha! moments. If you haven’t already purchased this book, I HIGHLY recommend you add it to your bookshelf today! -- K.Grace Howes, http://www.redbarn-studios.com/blog/2010/03/through-their-own-words/ (Posted on 3/25/10)
"Reference material you can turn to." — Review by Quilters Newsletter Magazine
Thread isn't just for holding the layers of a quilt together--it's an integral part of design for art quilters and traditional quilters alike. But before you can successfully incorporate thread, you have to understand the materials and tools and practice the proper techniques. Sarah's new book will get your started. There are a few photos of beautiful quilts, but the bulk of the book is reference material you can turn to as you explore thread on your own and troubleshoot any problems you might have with needles, tension, stabilizer, marking tools, or even the ergonomics of your workspace. --Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, April/May 2010, page 42. (Posted on 3/4/10)
Sarah Ann Smith reveals her secrets to successful machine quilting. — Review by Kit Robinson, Machine Quilting Unlimited
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"Threadwork Unraveled" contains valuable and easy to understand advice on topics such as choosing the right equipment and supplies, how to set up your sewing area, ergonomics, marking your quilt, and most of all, everything you need to know about thread. Sarah Ann Smith explains the different types and sizes of needles, and which needles should be used with specific thread types and weights to achieve the best results. She also demonstrates how various threads can be used in quilting, whether in the top or the bobbin, for detailed design work or as filler, and tells how and when a stabilizer needs to be used in quilting. Sarah analyzes problems frequently experienced by quilters and shows how these issues can be remedied, all in her own breezy and informal style. Inspirational quilts by Sarah and other artists are found throughout the book, illustrating techniques and thread choices, and instructional photos abound. Several projects are included, such as a table runner, a wallhanging and a stenciled leaf sampler. "Threadwork Unraveled" is a great reference book for all who want to improve their machine quilting skills. --Kit Robinson, "Machine Quilting Unlimited," January 2010. (Posted on 1/22/10)
All the detail needed about thread and machine quilting notions. — Review by James A. Cox
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From how thread is made to what threads work for different jobs and how to enhance piecing and quilting projects, THREADWORK UNRAVELED by Sarah Ann Smith is for any serious quilter's collection. --James A. Cox, the Midwest Book Review, "The Bookwatch," January 2010. (Posted on 1/19/10)

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