Review: Quilting Arts In Stitches 3

I just downloaded this newly released emag the other day from Interweave. I’ve really enjoyed the first two issues and was anxious to see what they came up with this time.

Quilting Arts in Stitches 3
Quilting Arts in Stitches 3


This issue offers a variety of articles and projects including:

  • Stitch as Mark with Gwen Hedley: Learn how Gwen transforms her sketches into gorgeous art quilts.
  • Five Things to Know about Thread Sketching with Leni Wiener: Watch Leni as she demonstrates tips on how to sketch with your machine.
  • It’s Slow, It’s Traditional, It’s Perfect with Lisa Call: See how Lisa creates her own unique contemporary textile paintings using traditional machine stitching.
  • You Stitched What? An Alchemical Transformation: Embellishing Quilted Textiles with Stitched Metal with Judy Coates Perez: Judy shows tips on how to add metal to sewing projects.
  • Machine and Hand Stitching with Natalya Aikens: Explore tips on how to combine machine and hand stitching to create various art quilts.
  • Put Your Best Face Forward with Maria Elkins: Explore ideas to help bring your quilted portrait quilts to life.
  • Thread Painted Quilts with Barbara Barrick McKie: Create stunning photo quilts with thread painting.
  • Creating Detail and Texture with Free-motion Quilting with Terry Grant: Learn when and how to add shadows and pattern when quilting complex scenes.
  • Around the World in Stitches: Kuba Rafia Textiles with Lisa Shepard Stewart: Learn about this unique sewing method from the Congo in our new series.
  • Free-Motion, Machine-Sketched Black-Eyed Susan with Candy Glendening: Join Candy as she takes you through the steps to create your own botanical sketch of a black-eyed Susan

I really love to have a craft book in my hand, but I’m really enjoying these emags. I like that I can read the article, watch the artist demonstrate the technique, and download the pdf instructions. There are several projects I want to try out of this issue – a true test to whether I find value in a craft book or emag.

For this review I chose to try Leni Wiener’s secrets of thread stitching. I decided to try to thread stitch one of my irises from my garden this year.

My yellow iris
My yellow iris

I had some green fabric that I thought would be perfect to try this technique with yellow thread.

My thread stitched iris
My thread stitched iris

This was really a fun technique and not that difficult. I really liked the sketched look and not too bad for my first attempt.

What I like about this mag is since I am able to see the artist in action, I am more inclined to try a technique. Had I read about the thread sketching, I’m not sure I’d try to attempt it. Hearing her tips and seeing her actually sketch, made it seem much easier. There are several other projects I want to try from this emag including adding metal to projects.

The emag is easy to navigate and I like the variety of articles. I look forward to #4!

The eMag is compatible with Macintosh and PC computers, with minimum system requirements of Intel Core™ Duo or Intel™ Pentium™ III processors, respectively. It can be purchased Here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this emag 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.