Threadwork Unraveled

A compendium of everything you need to know about that most essential of quilting notions thread!

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A compendium of everything you need to know about that most essential of quilting notions thread! Sarah Ann Smith unravels the secrets behind how it's made, how to select the right thread for the right job, and how to use it to enhance your piecing, appliqué, and quilting. And not just thread! Learn about needles, machines, fabrics, stabilizers, marking tools, and more! Interspersed with the valuable nuts and bolts are small projects to put the information to work a needlekeeper and a thread tension sampler, to name just two. Sarah Ann's insights and tips will help you understand how and why certain tools and notions work best and when another option is a better choice.
Table of Contents
The Basics
        Thread Tension Sampler
        Needle Trash Project
        Needlekeeper Pattern
    Your Sewing Machine
    Your Workspace & Ergonomics
    Understanding Good Foundations
    Marking Tools
Machine Quilting
    Nearly No-Mark Free Motion
        Quilting Sampler
    First Frost Table Runner
    Mountain Seasons
    Metallic Thread & Stenciled Leaves
    Tossed Leaf Sampler
Meet Sarah Ann Smith

About the Author
When Sarah's family returned to the US when she was six, she had lived on four continents. Shortly after that, a neighbor girl made her an apron for her doll. Sarah promptly started sewing clothes for her trolls, and she hasn't stopped sewing or traveling since. In 1988, Sarah began quilting, which morphed into the perfect marriage of two of her favorite things: sewing and art. Her only problem is that no one has yet created a 37-hour day!

Sarah's work has been juried into shows and published in magazines and books in the US and Europe, and is in public and private collections including the International Quilt Festival Collection. A former US diplomat, Sarah draws on her assignments in Africa, South America and North America, as well as travels to Asia and Europe for her art. She specializes in machine work, coloring with threads, and using whatever technique will help turn the picture in her mind into cloth. Sarah is now a (sometimes tired!) full-time artist, member of the Frayed Edges mini-group, quilt teacher, pattern designer, and mom living in Camden, Maine, with her husband, two sons, pug, four cats and assorted dust bunnies. To see her art, teaching schedule, and blog, or to contact her, visit
"Reference material you can turn to." - 03/04/2010
Reviewer: Quilters Newsletter Magazine from USA

Thread isn't just for holding the layers of a quilt together--it's an integral part of design for art quilters and traditional quilters alike. But before you can successfully incorporate thread, you have to understand the materials and tools and practice the proper techniques. Sarah's new book will get your started. There are a few photos of beautiful quilts, but the bulk of the book is reference material you can turn to as you explore thread on your own and troubleshoot any problems you might have with needles, tension, stabilizer, marking tools, or even the ergonomics of your workspace. --Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, April/May 2010, page 42.

Sarah Ann Smith reveals her secrets to successful machine quilting. - 01/22/2010
Reviewer: Kit Robinson, Machine Quilting Unlimited from USA

"Threadwork Unraveled" contains valuable and easy to understand advice on topics such as choosing the right equipment and supplies, how to set up your sewing area, ergonomics, marking your quilt, and most of all, everything you need to know about thread. Sarah Ann Smith explains the different types and sizes of needles, and which needles should be used with specific thread types and weights to achieve the best results. She also demonstrates how various threads can be used in quilting, whether in the top or the bobbin, for detailed design work or as filler, and tells how and when a stabilizer needs to be used in quilting. Sarah analyzes problems frequently experienced by quilters and shows how these issues can be remedied, all in her own breezy and informal style. Inspirational quilts by Sarah and other artists are found throughout the book, illustrating techniques and thread choices, and instructional photos abound. Several projects are included, such as a table runner, a wallhanging and a stenciled leaf sampler. "Threadwork Unraveled" is a great reference book for all who want to improve their machine quilting skills. --Kit Robinson, "Machine Quilting Unlimited," January 2010.

All the detail needed about thread and machine quilting notions. - 01/19/2010
Reviewer: James A. Cox from Oregon, WI, USA

From how thread is made to what threads work for different jobs and how to enhance piecing and quilting projects, THREADWORK UNRAVELED by Sarah Ann Smith is for any serious quilter's collection. --James A. Cox, the Midwest Book Review, "The Bookwatch," January 2010.

SKU: QM1024

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sarah Ann Smith

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781574329995