Threads of treasure How to make, mend, and find meaning through thread

Sara Barnes, 1985-

Book - 2024

"Learn to make embroidery a way to treasure your life as you create three personal projects supported by the guidance, stories, and advice of fourteen modern crafters"--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 746.44/Barnes (NEW SHELF) Due May 25, 2024
Instructional and educational works
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Craft [2024]
Main Author
Sara Barnes, 1985- (author)
Physical Description
167 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Acknowledgments
  • How to Use This Book
  • Before You Start
  • Supplies
  • Essential Stitching Techniques
  • Get into the Making Mindset
  • 1. Displaying Treasures
  • Hillary Waters Fayle
  • Janis Ledwell-Hunt
  • Clarissa Callesen
  • Jessica Grady
  • Shannon Moser
  • You Can Do It: Create an Artwork Displaying a Treasure
  • Planning and Brainstorming
  • Practice Your Techniques
  • Working on Your Final Piece
  • 2. Treasuring the Things We Love
  • Arounna Khounnoraj
  • Tessa Perlow
  • Lindsey Gradolph
  • Stefanija Pejchinovska
  • You Can Do It: Patch a Hole & Decorate Clothing with Embroidery
  • Planning and Brainstorming
  • Transforming Your Garment
  • 3. Treasuring Everyday Moments
  • Amy Reader
  • Steph Evans
  • Amy Jones
  • Hannah Claire Somerville
  • You Can Do It: Start and Finish a Weeklong Project
  • Planning and Brainstorming
  • Making Creativity a Habit
  • Working on Your Daily Project
  • Parting Thoughts
  • Affirmations for Creatives
  • Notes
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Brown Paper Bag blogger Barnes (Embroidered Life) serves up an unusually reflective guide to embroidery that's distinguished by its open-ended projects and thorough profiles of fabric artists. Highlighting embroiderers who incorporate found items into their work, Barnes discusses how Hillary Waters Fayle's love of the outdoors inspired the geometric designs she embroiders onto leaves. Other artists make an art form of mending clothes, with Arounna Khounnoraj describing her sophisticated needlework as a means of "celebrating the things that we already own." A third category of profiles showcase artists who work in daily installments, such as Amy Jones, who in 2020 made a visual "lockdown diary" by stitching one small image per day onto a piece of fabric (standouts include a bottle of cleaner and a coronavirus particle). Though the profiles and generous photos of the embroiderers' impressive work are the main draws, Barnes also includes three "projects" that eschew step-by-step directions in favor of conceptual guidance on devising original pieces. For instance, one project offers tips for creating thread art based around a found item, encouraging readers to contemplate designs by studying the visual qualities of their item and then sketching out potential compositions before setting needle to fabric. Crafters who feel restricted by the rigid instructions of other how-to manuals will relish this invitation to let their creativity run wild. (Apr.)Correction: An earlier version of this review misidentified the creator of the Covid-19 lockdown diary.

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