Threadplay with Libby Lehman: Mastering Machine Embroidery Techniques. Learn from internationally renowned quilt artist Libby Lehman how to create beautiful, thread-embellished quilts on your sewing machine! In Threadplay, Libby shows you how to create fascinating ribbon illusions and how to do sheer stitching, thread painting, bobbin drawing, couching, and much more.


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Threadplay with Libby Lehman:
Mastering Machine Embroidery Techniques

Author: Libby Lehman
Pages: 95
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Martingale & Company
Item Code: 4B560
weight: 1.10 lb
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Learn how to create beautiful thread-embellished quilts on your sewing machine. Internationally renowned quilt artist Libby Lehman shows you how to:

  • Create fascinating ribbon illusions
  • Do thread painting, bobbin drawing, and couching
  • Use applique in exciting new ways
  • And much more!

You'll also find a detailed guide to all the materials and equipment you need to begin your own threadplay, plus finishing tips and photos (including close-ups) of Libby's spectacular quilts.

"Libby Lehman is an innovator in the field of decorative machine stitching and a master of the art."
Maurine Nobel
Author

Libby Lehman is an internationally renowned art quiltmaker whose work is in many private, corporate, and museum collections. She has taught extensively in the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland. Libby's “Joy Ride” quilt was chosen as one of “The 20th Century’s 100 Best American Quilts” in a list sponsored by International Quilt Festival, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Quiltmaker, and McCall’s Quilting.

Table of Contents:

Preface
4
Introduction
5

The Basics

6
Threads
7
Mercerized Cotton
7
Decorative Cotton
7
Quilting
7
Rayon
7
Acrylic
8
Silk
8

Metallic

8
Bobbin/Lingerie
8
Monofilament
8
Tinsel
9
Topstitching
9
Polyester
9
Decorative
9
Trims and Ribbons
9
Fabrics
10
Commercial Cottons
10
Hand-Dyed Cottons
10
Cotton-Polyester Blends
10
Sheers
10
Organization and Storage
11
Fabric
11
Thread
11
Notions
11
Sewing Machines
12
Machines
12
Accessory Feet

12

Machine Needles
14
Sizes
14
Points
15
Special-Purpose Needles
15
Multiple Needles
15
Needles for Nontraditional Fabrics
16
Machine Preparation
17
Cleaning and Oiling the Machine
17
Machine Setup
19
Tools
20
Scissors
20
Sewing Problem Solver
20
Basting Accessories
20
Thread Holders
21
Stabilizers
22
Embroidery Hoops
22
Removable Stabilizers
23
Iron-On Stabilizers
24
Water-Soluble Stabilizers
24
Iron-Away Stabilizers
25
Adhesive Stabilizers
25
Quilt Top Construction
26
Chain Piecing Squares
26
Crazy Piecing
28

Threadplay Techniques

30
Ribbon Illusions
31
Drawing the Ribbon
31
Transferring the Design
33
Stitching the Ribbon
34
Highlighting
35
Sheer Stitching
38
Transferring the Design
38
Stitching the Design
39
Applique
42
Direct Applique
43
Fusible Applique
44
Potluck Applique
48
Embroidery
56
Satin Stitching
56
Thread Painting
64

Bobbin Drawing

66
Couching
71

Finishing

73
Backing
74
Batting
75
Cotton
75
Polyester
75
Wool
75
Silk
75
Basting
76
Basting Guns
76
Safety-pin basting
77
Thread Basting
77
Fabric-Adhesive Sprays
78
Machine Quilting
79
Straight-line Quilting
80
Free-Motion
81
Tying
84
Utilitarian Tying
84
Decorative, Programed Tying
85
Free-Motion Tying
86
Binding
87
Front-Edge Binding
88
Back-Edge Tying
91
Signing Your Quilt
92
Labeling Your Quilt
93
Making a Sleeve
93
Utilitarian Sleeve
93
Exhibition Sleeve
94
Blocking a Quilt

95

About the Author

96

Resource List

96

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