Coloring with Thread

Published By: C&T Publishing

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Crafts & Hobbies

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Reviewed by Andrea Sisco

I enjoy traditional quilts and quilting methods, from hand quilting to stitching in the ditch. But I love free-motion quilting and have recently begun learning free-motion embroidery. Coloring with Thread by Ann Fahl is a fascinating and informative addition to this ever-evolving art form.

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.

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