What I mean is, you’ll find a little bit of Needle ‘n Thread in Threads this month!
Besides writing here on Needle ‘n Thread (which is where you get to witness my most prolific babble!), I’ve been writing in other places recently, too.
One of those places is Threads Magazine, a popular sewing magazine published by Taunton Press for people who love to sew.
In the current issue of Threads (January, 2015), you’ll find a feature article by yours truly, on beetle wing embroidery.
Threads is a great magazine for people serious about sewing, and especially about sewing clothes. Their patterns, tutorials, and articles make beautiful, professional sewing accessible to the non-professional.
You may have realized already, if you’ve been reading Needle ‘n Thread for any amount of time, that I’m not really a machine sewer. To all of you who are, you are my heroes!
I can handle simple seams for finish work, and I use the machine for preparing fabrics for embroidery, but I don’t use it for much else.
Still, I was quite happy to oblige when the editors of Threads contacted me to write an article on beetle wing embroidery.
I mean, heck! It’s embroidery! And you know me – I have this Thing for embroidery.
The article in Threads, “Embellish with Beetle Wings,” focuses on the history of beetle wings in art and as embellishment on garments, and brings that history up to date with the modern use of beetle wings in couture clothing and fashion.
Following the article is a tutorial for applying beetle wings with shisha stitch.
The model in the magazine is wearing a gorgeous (I want it!) flared tunic in silk faille, that’s been embellished around the neckline with beetle wings attached with DMC Diamant embroidery thread.
And, incidentally, in the same issue, you’ll find another article that I think is really good and really useful – “Preserve Your Precious Fabrics.” It offers tips on taking care of the fabrics in your fabric stash, with tips on how to handle textiles, how to store them, the ideal storage conditions, and what to do with your fabric when the conditions aren’t ideal. Definitely worth reading if you have a collection of good fabric in your cupboard!
I really enjoyed writing for Threads and the folks at Taunton Press. They were kind, helpful, organized, professional. It was a great experience!
If you want a copy of the magazine, you can find it pretty much anywhere that sells magazines – news agencies, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, your favorite sewing store.
So that was my recent publishing adventure. You’ll find Needle ‘n Thread popping up in some other places in the near future, too. I’ll tell you about that a little later on. But don’t worry! I’m not abandoning you – just branching out a bit.
After all, any opportunity to spread the love, right?