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Friday, December 10, 2010

Two Reviews & A Giveaway

Why Two Reviews?  Why......

Because I have not finished my Spring Quilt Market Reviews and then I went to Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  What can I say?  I need more time and lots more energy!! 

So without further ado....let me introduce you to Liz Kettle and Ruth Chandler.  They are two of the authors of Fabric Embellishing, The Basics and Beyond.  (Minneapolis Releases)
Liz and Ruth are great fun and I love the vest Ruth wore to Spring Quilt Market.  Check out the back of her vest below.

How cool is she?  Not only a great looking vest but a fun advertisement and demonstration for Image Transferring.  I chased her down the hall yelling, "Hey Fabric Embellishing Girl" kidding.  Clearly I have no shame.  I could not remember her name ....that happens to me all the time.

Ruth and Liz presented at School House and we had a opportunity to see many of their techniques in their samples.  They have a big sample book of their techniques and the book is very inspiring.  Below you will see a collage of some of their pages.  I didn't think the collage showed enough detail so I also included some of the individual photos below those.

Unfortunately I was not able to take their classes but Ruth and Liz were kind enough to send me home with a kit to try myself.  Kind and generous ladies for sure!!!

Fabric Embellishing, The Basics & Beyond was co-authored by Ruth Chandler, Liz Kettle, Heather Thomas and Lauren Vlcek. This book (as well as the next one) are hardcover but made with the spiral bindings inside which really makes it easy to read along while you are working.  There lots of photos that help teach the techniques that are described....which include this long list of great techniques:

  • Textiva
  • Cocoons & Rods
  • Burning
  • Paper Collage
  • Weaving
  • Embroidery
  • Devore
  • Stamping
  • Angelina
  • Discharge Dyeing
  • Couching
  • Tyvek
  • Crazy Quilting
  • Metal
  • Image Transfer
  • Beading
  • Needle Felting
  • Rusting
  • Lutradur
  • Foiling

Isn't this just an incredible list?  I'm sooooo glad they did not call me and ask for help with writing this would still be in pencil form and no where near the printers.  These girls are clear in their instructions and really share tons of excellent reference book and a great gift too!!

Fast forward now to Houston and Fall Quilt Market

Guess who has a new book out...already?

Liz Kettle has co-authored another book that was presented in Houston, Threads, The Basics & Beyond.
Liz and Ruth holding their books :)

In this photo Liz is sharing some the techniques in book Threads.  Below is a photograph of one of the projects that was shown.

Debbie and Liz cover so many ways to use thread in your creating.    I never looked at thread in so may ways before.  This book offers an in-depth coverage of  thread as paint, quilting, texture, ornament, structure and embellishment.  The photos are a great part of the book for me.  Without the excellent photos, I probably would not really have a full appreciation for all the techniques. 

If you want some in-depth information to further your creativity I highly recommend both of these books!

Would you love win a copy of  Threads  The Basics & Beyond?  Here is your chance.  Just leave a comment on this post telling me what interests you most about the book.  The winner will be announced on Wed. December 15th. 

PS....I most likely will not be replying to all the comments as I have made a commitment to myself to get some sewing done too :)


  1. Well, looks like I am the first to comment on what looks to be an incredible book! Would love to win it and learn some techniques about quilting and texture with thread. Thanks for the reviews!

  2. Oooooh... that project is just stunning! I would love to win the book and try something like that! Thanks for the chance to win (although .. am I the first?) no 1. never wins. I keep telling you I don't mind if you don't answer! Get that sewing done girl! :-)

  3. I've been itching to do some thread painting. That looks like a good teaching book on using thread as an art media.

    I've got special batiks I've been hoarding just for that purpose. I've been on websites (including IHAN) dreaming of thread sets....

    Can you guess my latest obsession?

    Meeting some quilt buddies tomorrow for breakfast, then a sew-in with my guild. I'll probably get a tip on another guild that will have folks more my age. Can't wait!

    Happy sewing to you!

  4. I looooove thread! can't get enough, and the more ways to use and play with it the better! Thanks for such a fun blog... I am also someone who would be running down the "Fabric Embellishing Girl"! LOL

  5. It takes alot of time to comment to everyone, so I say, sew away!!!

    I have not seen this book or techniques, it would be interesting to read and learn.

  6. Hmmmmm....I would like to learn more abou the couching, embroidery, and the beading.


  7. hahaha!! I think there needs to be at least 3 of you! Then just maybe you could run just a week or two behind!

    Love this post!! Who knew we could do such wonderful/cool things combining all of these fun things with fabrics. Great post as usual. I'd really like to know more about embelling with the different threads.

  8. I would love this book..there are alot of things to know about thread..thickness, which thread to use for what fabric, etc...
    Thanks for a fun giveaway...

  9. This is what I want to do more of this year.
    I have been getting some batiks and hand dyed pieces, to use in art quilting.


  10. I just love working with thread - anything that can teach me more about fibers is a must have !!

    Thanks for the offer :)

  11. I love having the book to be encouraging and giving us the hints to create.

  12. I love the beautiful threads that are out there, so these would be great! Thanks for the chance, Kelly!

  13. I've read and seen photos lately of painting with thread and I would love to learn more about it!

  14. I have done one class and made one project thread painting and I would love to do more!! I love the colour and texture created! Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. HI Kally,
    I have worked with some of the techniques listed in the book, but I have no idea what Textiva is and I'd really love to learn more about the techniques I've tried(it was a basics class) and to try something like one of the collage pages.

    I'm also interested in your kit--did you try it? what did you think (and let's see a pic, woman!)

    thanks for another opportunity to win something awesome!

  16. I would love to win the book and learn more about embellishing different fabric items.


  17. Oh, Kelly,
    How timely your giveaway is.
    Our quilt guild and just begun organizing sub groups for special interests of the members.
    There are eight of us that are interested in Art Quilts. We've had our organizational meeting and we're good to go.
    Wouldn't Debbie's and Liz's book be just the thing we could learn from ! ! ! !

    Happy Holiday Hugs,

  18. I am a new quilter and so a book starting with basics is always good for me! Always something new to learn. Thanks and happy holidays.

  19. I like the idea of looking at thread in new ways.

  20. Technique books are always way interesting to me. I can learn so much better with a well illustrated book then words alone. These gals are soooo talented.

    Thanks for the give-away!

  21. I just love the little quilt that looks like a scrapbook page! I'd love to be able to make quilts like that of all my grandkids! (The book would really come in handy for that!)

  22. The book looks fascinating and innovative! Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. I NEED this book! :0) I have sooo much thread to use up, this would be purrrfect! >^..^< Thanks! Ani

  24. I am getting more and more interested in learning about thread as more than just a tool to hold fabric together. I need some thread inspiration!

  25. It sounds intriguing (is that how you spell it??? LOL) and very interesting. I'd love to win it.

  26. I'm always interested in ways to use threads, so I'd love to have a book like this.

  27. I have their first book and would love this one. I want to see how they work with thread in a dimensional aspect.

  28. Wow, what a great book to get the creative jucies flowing. This is a part of quilting that has me stumped and intriged at the same time. Stumped, because I don't know how to do it, and intriged, because it's the direction I want to go in quilting. So, for me, this book could be my ticket.

  29. I would love to win this book!! I make art dolls and am always looking for new techniques to learn and incorporate in them!
    hugs Karen

  30. I like the look of the thread book - I'd love to know more about that! Gosh Kelly you have all the fun, lol. I wish you lots of peaceful sewing time this weekend!

  31. I have Fabric Embellishing - it is chock full of interesting techniques to try. I bet Threads the Basics and Beyond is equally great. Thanks for a chance to win.

  32. This looks like a very cool book with so many new techniques to try - and the authors look like they have so much fun, too. I love fabric embellishment ideas. They get my creative juices flowing!

  33. Looking at the sample projects from the book makes me want to learn how to take my "playing with fabric" to the next level! Would love to have the book so I could learn new embellishing techniques!

  34. Would love to see more ideas for use of my threads and how to make my projects much more visually interesting. Know Liz and thinks she's a great teacher, author and friend.

  35. I'm fairly new at quilting and I usually choose my quilting thread to blend in (and hide quilting flaws). I'd like to learn more about decorative thread work.

  36. I would love to have Liz's new book. I play with thread but it would be lovely, with her help, to actually paint with thread! YEah!

  37. I would love to win this book. I have thread and more thread, so this looks like the perfect book to give me ideas on how to use it up.
    thanks Kelly

    Cher in BC

  38. Oh my gosh Kelly, the Embellishment book is wonderful, and I loved the shout-out to the "embellishment girl" in the hallway you wrote about... thatta girl... that's me too!!! LOL.
    I haven't seen the new thread book... oh how I would love to get my hands on that little piece of heaven!!! Blessings!

  39. wow...these books look interesting...not the same as some over done thread paint...thanks

  40. I have a Babylock embellisher and would love to really learn how to embellish things with it and I would REALLY love how to thread paint properly. This looks like it would really be a fun book to have!

  41. My mother and I purchased a new sewing machine on Friday. Now we can do all kinds of thread "thingies" - like machine quilting and embroidery and fancy stitches... So this book would help us learn about this brave new world. That is why would love to win the book.

  42. Hi Kelly. This book ROCKS. Just when I think I have everything I want something comes along. This book would give me the opportunity to grow and learn something new. If I don't win it, I'm buying it!

  43. A friend convinced me to try art quilting almost a year ago, and I found that I love it! While I've learned some thread painting techniques, I would LOVE to win this book to expand my horizons even more! The techniques would be great to learn, but it's exciting to think about trying the creative exercises from the book too.

  44. I have heard about thread painting and I would love to try it. I am also interested in the quilting part. Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. I'm a newbie and need all the help.. the book would be awesome

  46. It looks like with this book I could probably learn more of what to do with the huge variety of threads I have in my stash!

  47. Ruth and Liz are the absolute best. What a great blog and review. The photographs were great. Thank you for sharing.

  48. what a wonderful looking book. Fingers crossed. Really enjoying your blog. Have bookmarked it.

  49. I didn't know you could do that many things with fabric. LOL

    I would love to have the threads book because I've been wanting to do a wall hanging with thread painting and don't have any directions yet.

  50. I am just learning the value of different threads and this book can help me break out of my same old same old thread habits.

  51. Thanks, Kelly, for more fun info and a great giveaway. I love to try new things.

  52. Hi, Kelly! Of course I am interested in any book that teaches me a new technique, especially one that utilizes supplies I already have on hand!!

  53. I am so getting into more of this kind of stuff and this looks like an incredible resource...I'm pretty sure it could fit in my Christmas stocking!

  54. Hi Kelly,

    I would love to have a copy of the Threads book. I love to look at this kind of art but need some basic info/structure before I step out and actually do the work!

    Good to see you at the brunch today.

    Merry Christmas! See you in January!

  55. I'd love to win this book. I've been reading about thread painting and the whole technique intrigues me. Please enter me and draw my name!

  56. It would be great to learn more about threads and their use since I have seen some amazing results on quilts and would love to be able to do some of that on my quilts.

  57. A few years ago in an art class I made a book that had some stitching, paint and other embellishments on the pages, but I never really considered adding stitching other than to hold it together. Would love to gain some new ideas, and the last photo you show reminds me of my book pages (on a smaller scale). Thanks for the opportunity--my fingers are crossed wishing!

  58. What a great book! I am definitely putting this on my Wish List (too late for Christmas but birthday isn't too far off). I have seen threads used to create an almost lace-like affect, and it is one of the many thread crafts I'd like to try.

  59. I think I saw these gals on Bonnie McCaffrey's podcast, and they were really fun to watch. I would love this set of books as a reference as I try to push myself little by little into more art quilting.


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