Threads the basics and beyond is the seventh title in this “basics and beyond” series by Landauer Publishing. I absolutely loved Fabric Embellishing which I reviewed earlier in the year.
First of all, I really like books that are spiral-bound and this is another one of those books. This book, written by Debbie Bates and Liz Kettle contains 176 pages. The book begins with lots of information including sewing machine needles sizes and their uses, an explanation of thread weights and the different kinds of fusible webs, a stitch dictionary, and that’s all in the first 23 pages. The first set of exercises are called Nuts and Bolts, with one of the first ones, Understanding Tension. This is exactly what I need to know and understand. Other topics in this chapter include mock cretan, whip and feather and moss stitches, piecing, and edge finishes.
The remaining chapters teach the reader how to use thread as a specific medium, from thread as a paint and texture to it thread as an ornament or embellishment.
There are beautiful pictures throughout the book, with clear easy-to-understand, and step-by-step instructions. They also include on each project the type of threads (top and bobbin) correct needle size, correct tensions and sewing machine set up.
Since I’ve never been real confident with my Elna, this is the perfect book for me. This would also make an excellent reference book for even the more seasoned sewing machine users. If you know someone who has just gotten a new sewing machine or is wanting to experiment with thread – or go beyond the basics – this would make a great Christmas present.
Once my studio/woman cave is back up and running and my Elna is on top of my new table (which is in pieces in the dining room), I’m going to do some work in this book.
You can pick this book up at your local bookstore or online through Landauer Publishing.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Now you’re making me wish for a sewing machine again, Lyndah. Lovely examples here, and I hope that when you finally get to play with your own designs, you’ll share some of them here. 🙂
Meredith, This book is just beautiful with some great ideas. I’ll definitely be sharing some of my stuff when things slow down a bit! Thanks for dropping by.