Tag Archive: books

The Start of Great Original Projects

It’s so easy to create needlepoint projects that are uniquely your own if you begin with a simple line drawing on canvas. Yes, you can find them in shops as coloring book canvases, but did you know it’s so easy to create your own from drawings you find? My newest ebook, Needlepoint Templates, has over […]

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Book Review and Giveaway – Design Your Own Crochet Projects from Sara Delaney

It’s been a while since I have posted an interesting new book. Fact is there haven’t been many new releases that have excited me – especially in the textile craft world. So many books that have come across my desk seem to be repeats of things that have…

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The "How to Machine Sew" Book – Large Format Edition

When Threads Magazine sent me the Sandra Betzina book to review, they also sent me the “How to Machine Sew” book.  I wanted to review the books separately so they would each get their own time in the spotlight!  This book is one in the s…

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Color Harmony: Pantone Edition Book Review

Leatrice Eiseman, (Quarto Publishing Group,Beverley, MA), 2017, $24.99, ISBN: 978-1-63159-296-6. I have owned and loved several different editions of the Color Harmony books over the years, including one in Japanese. The first one came out in English thirty years ago, in 1987. The different volumes used a set palette of colors and then showed them […]

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Help Napa Fire Victims with Purchases

You can help the victims of the current fires in the Wine Country by your purchase of my newest book (it came out Monday), Color through the Ages. With 12 ornament-sized projects and pictures on almost every page that give you a different way of looking at color. Taking cues from art, culture, history, and […]

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Needlepoint Stitches: Field Guide for Birds Book Review

Carolyn Hedge Baird, self-published, 2017, $60 While we needlepoint many things, birds are one of the trickiest. Besides the usual problems of different sizes, they face different ways, come in tons of colors and shapes and have nagging details such as feathers, legs, and beaks. This could be one reason why a large canvas with […]

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Bargello Bells Ebook Now Available

While there are many books on needlepoint Bargello out there, it often seems as if many of our projects seem a bit tired.That’s unfortunate because, even if you avoid four-way Bargello, there are plenty of cool effects you can create with basic Bargello lines and shapes. I love to find and try these effects, preferably […]

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Threads: A Needle Necessity, Second Edition Book Review

Jane Evans and Liv Weiss, 2017, Bedecked & Beadazzled, $37 Compiling a book like this is a huge amount of effort. You need to decide what threads will go into the book, test all the threads, record information about them, and put everything into a consistent format. I realize this and the book is a […]

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A Stash of One’s Own Book Review

Clara Parkes, editor, Abrams Press, New York, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4197-2704-7, $22.99 As long-time readers of this blog know, I have been in love with fiber, thread, and yarn since childhood. I will stitch with anything, and have. I even took up knitting largely to feed that addiction. I stopped knitting because that stash quickly got […]

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Judith Jones – An Icon

Yesterday I heard the sad news that Judith Jones has passed away at the age of 93 at her home in northern Vermont. My heart sank with sadness but also soared with admiration. What a rich and interesting life Judith lived and how incredible it must have…

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Holey Stitches Book Review

2017, Gone Stitching, $15. This charming short book from Gone Stitching serves as a guide for picking stitches for many of the items found in Judaic needlepoint. Sized perfectly for your project bag, it does something no other book on the market does; it selects stitches that are suited to different kinds of items. Some […]

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Vintage Needlepoint Book – Bargello on the Bias

In 1977 and 1979 Karen Kuckenbecker published two pamphlets with some of the most interesting ideas I’ve ever seen in Bargello — diagonal Bargello, which she called Bargello on the Bias. The two books are worth seeking out if you love Bargello. Diagonal Bargello is simply explained. Instead of straight stitches going between the threads, […]

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Wedding Gown Update, New Sewing Book, and MORE!

Lots to tell, friends!Remember Christina, one of the brides I’m sewing for this summer?  Well, as you can see up top, I’ve adjusted the fit and boned her corset muslin, and I must say I think she looks smashing in it.  It still needs a few tw…

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‘Creating Couture Embellishment’ by Ellen W. Miller

Any of my friends and family will be able to tell you that my love for books, especially huge coffee table tomes about the history of fashion, is verging on an obsession. Especially my Dad who has helped me move my ever increasing collection from flat …

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Thoughts, My Garden + A New Book I’m Loving

Things have been incredibly busy so far this spring with the sheep, the farmer’s markets and life in general. New chicks have arrived and the hens are producing so many eggs we don’t know what to do with them all. Julia is graduating from high school t…

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Modern Needlepoint Book Review

Jayne Schofield, Twenty to Make Series, Search Press, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-78221-226-3, $9.95 The book, written by children’s book illustrator Jayne Schofield, is one of the few needlepoint volumes in Search Press’s Twenty to Make series. This represents something of a new direction for the publisher which used to write short but in-depth books on many […]

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Knott’s Preserved

By now it’s no secret I have fallen head over cowboy boots in love with Knott’s Berry Farm. The literal farm turned theme park has one of the most unique, interesting, and classic American dream stories that there is. The book that helps tell that story best is Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, […]

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The Designer’s Dictionary of Color Book Review

Sean Adams, 2012, Abrams, ISBN: 078-4197-2391-9 Written primarily for graphic designers, this is an inspirational book about color. After a short introduction defining terms, the chapters cover colors in four categories: warm, cool, neutral, and specialty (fluorescent and metallic). The first page of these chapters shows you the colors that will be covered with names […]

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Life + New Pots + Vanessa Bell Exhibit + Book

March and the beginning of April have been very difficult weatherwise for the sheep and the humans. We seem to be over it hopefully — yesterday it was 80 degrees. Farm chores continue everyday. The lambs are growing and soon the grass will be too. The…

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Expanded Hearts Sampler Book Now in Print

I’m so excited because the Heart Samplers will be published later this week as an in print book. First there were the two separate ebooks. Then last summer I combined them into one ebook. Now they are revised and combined into one printed book. It will be available on Amazon and can be ordered through […]

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Ombre Jersey Batwing Top from Freehand Fashion

Today I’m sharing a super quick and satisfying project that’s a little different to my usual sewing style. After all the intense and lengthy coat and dress making I’ve been doing recently the speed and ease of this really was a breath of fresh air. I l…

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Best Business Biographies For Creative Entrepreneurs

Business biographies are one of my favorite non-fiction genres. What’s a business biography? It’s the story of the life of a business. If you’ve ever listened to an episode of How I Built This on NPR you’re familiar with the idea. (And if you haven’t yet listened to that show go download an episode because… 

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Love It or Rip It Book Review

Julia Snyder, 2017, no ISBN, about $40 It’s the beginning of the year and it must be time for the next book in Julia Snyder’s alphabetic book series. This book includes “patterns I have collected on (sic) the last six years.” There are just over 40 pages of Tent Stitch patterns, with a single page […]

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Two Blackwork Stockings eBook Released

Finding unique ideas for Christmas stockings can be a pain, especially when you want something easy. Blackwork with its timeless patterns is perfect for stockings. You can vary it in the colors you want, it creates a rich collection of patterns that can be embellished if you like or kept simple. It’s one of the […]

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Kaffee Fassett’s Adventures in Color – Book Review and Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m a bit late with this today. My computer isn’t recognizing my camera and I wasn’t able to get the photos I took onto my computer! I’ve been at the Farmers Market all day and just got home. These photos are taken with my ipho…

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Resources for Open Stitches

A few days ago I got a question asking about additional written resources for some of the ideas mentioned in my column on open background techniques. Today I’ll suggest places for further reading as well as other resources for the ideas mentioned. Thinner Threads The technique of using threads thinner than normal, often thin enough […]

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Fireside Pullover and Almost Camping

Remember how I dealt with envy when reading Within?  Well, I now have part of the makings of an outdoorsy, campfire, cozy story of my own.  This is Jane Richmond’s Fireside Pullover.  Love!Once I had my sweater finished, I planned to wea…

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Thinking about Book Making and My Tile Project

Rikki and I made it through the last two days of the photo shoot for my next book. It was a full two days on Thursday and Friday. The days are short now so we started at 8 a.m. By 4 it was dark. That is the tough thing about shooting in December. …

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December Giveaway – Stitches a la Carte Book Two

I’m crazy about my friend Lynda Richardson’s new book. If you loved the first one, you’ll find more here: more darning patterns, more Blackwork, more Tent Stitch patterns. But if you love textured stitches, you’ll find these here as well, in solid and open versions. You’ll see my review of the book soon, but right […]

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Using Vintage Needlepoint Books

In a house full of bookshelves, my studio is no exception. I have four tall bookshelves and they are mostly filled with vintage books. I love them, but for many folks the purchase of a vintage book opens a strange world. Today I’ll share my tips on using them. Line Drawings Back before painted canvases […]

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