Wool, Needle, Thread… Expert

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to see the quilts in person – up-close – then I hope you’ve seen pictures of Lisa Bongean’s exquisite wool appliqué stitching.

Working in a variety of color palettes and styles, the blocks and quilts are embellished with embroidery and knots that make them masterpieces.

While Lisa is an accomplished teacher, our ability to learn from her has been limited to those fortunate enough to take a class from her. Until now. Until this book – Wool, Needle and Thread ~ The Go-To Guide for Wool Stitchery.

Lisa starts with the tools she uses – what works for her. She’s developed techniques and rulers that give her the results she wants, that make achieving those results easier for others.

She shares how she prepares the foundation piece and the types of fabrics she uses – flannel, quilting cottons and wool.

Techniques and stitches are practiced on small projects – the kind that every stitcher will use and enjoy.

How does she do those skinny stems? It’s in the book.

I want to share the kind of detail included without giving it all away…

This text accompanies step-by-step photographs showing exactly what she means – it’s the next best thing to having a one-on-one class with Lisa.

Actually, that’s what this book is! A private class where you can go over the lessons as many times as you want!

Chain stitches – there is detailed text to accompany these images where Lisa shares tips on how she makes it look so good.

And then you get to practice what you’ve learned with projects that use the techniques you’ve learned.

What I love most about the book is the lesson that your stitches don’t have to be perfect to look good – that they’ll look better than you think. (Lisa really is a good teacher.)

Before you know it, you’ll be creating beautifully stitched wool appliqué like Lisa does.

Wool, Needle & Thread by Lisa Bongean is in shops now.

I’m already shopping for pretty threads.

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14 thoughts on “Wool, Needle, Thread… Expert

  1. Oh my goodness,I would love to have that book! Her work is exquisite! Thank you so much for sharing this. Susan Belyea

  2. I pre ordered this book and I love it! it is the best stitching book I have. It’s well written with detailed photos. Thank you Lisa.

  3. I got to see Lisa’s appliqué at the WI Quilt Expo! It’s actually quilt size and the most beautiful piece of art I had ever seen! I think
    I have enough quilts! It’s time to learn how to do something different, and Lisa Bongean appears to be the best teacher around the U. S.

  4. I pre-ordered the book and I think it is fantastic!!
    All my friends are buying the book after seeing mine. One of the best books ever.
    Thank you Lisa!

  5. Lisa is absolutely amazing … Follow her blog before she opened the California store. Shopped there but now we live in Oregon …. Back to her blog and books and talent!! Thank you

  6. I believe your comment that the book is like private lessons is perfect. Lisa has done various videos along the way to demonstrate her beautiful stitches. I like the book open in front of me to follow along.

  7. I was able to preorder this book. As a person getting back into hand stitchers, I can’t say enough about Lusa’s book. For the wannabe to the expert, this book will be a must have.

  8. This is an amazing book. Lisa’s photos and written steps make this so easy to follow. Lisa, you have made this a must for all who do wool applique.. Thanks Lisa.

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