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Threads Announces New Editor

I’m pleased to announce that Deana Tierney is the new Editor of Threads magazine.  In this position, Deana will oversee all editorial aspects of Threads magazine and
Deana previously served as the Special Issues Editor for CraftStylish. Prior to that role, she was an Associate Editor for Threads and Sew Stylish; and has also worked on two other editorial teams at The Taunton Press. I’m thrilled that Deana has returned to Threads and I invite you to share with her your ideas for the magazine as well as the website. Deana has been sewing since she was a child, having learned from her mother. Her love of fashion is a constant source of inspiration; in fact, we often see her wearing her own classic, runway-inspired garments at the office.
Deana is already hard at work on the June/July issue of Threads and she will be posting regularly to as well as in the Gatherings forum.
Please join me in welcoming Deana as the new visionary leader for Threads!

Beth Agren
Publisher, Threads

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    trishapat | | #1

    Yay Deana !!! How exciting! I look forward to seeing what you do with the magazine. Hope to meet you someday.

  2. churunga | | #2

    Congratulations on the new position.

    I would like to see Threads do a series of fitting articles for The Men In Our Lives. (You have my permission to title it that if you wish.) My guy is skinny and graceful. I have to alter all his ready-to-wear because he seems to be between the ideal size fit. I think we all could use advice on how to fit love handles, beer bellies and sculpted pectorals. I believe a series such as this would be most welcome.

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    MacRoseMagBob | | #3

    Congratulations on your new spot at the "old" magazine!
    I look forward to seeing how you will make your mark on Threads. I have all the issues #1 to whatever-the-last-number-was, and I find it very interesting to follow the changes in the magazine as the editorial staff changes.

    I would like to see less basic sewing and crafty-crafts and more details, details, details on creating well-made and sophisticated designs. At one time Threads ran a series on design details from the 30's and 40's and how to alter a pattern to achieve these looks. I LOVED IT! Other articles I have really liked in the past - anything by Claire Shaefer, the article on how to make chinese frogs and passimenterie buttons, how to make crochet buttons, grosgrain ribbon cockades, Sandra Betzina articles - you get the drift.

  4. Josefly | | #4

    Congratulations and good luck in your new position. I look forward to many interesting articles under your direction, including the kinds of challenging techniques which have inspired so many of us through the years with Threads.

  5. krumlee | | #5

    Welcome Deanna,
    I agree with MacroseMagBob that details, special finishes, anything from Claire Schaeffer, Susan Kalje or Sandra Betzina and as much advanced construction or haute couture tips have been the articles so sorely missed for the past few years.
    If the purpose of so many basic sewing articles has been to attract new or young sewers, that is fine. Please just give us the fabulous depth of earlier issues. My first was number ten when the size was much larger. I still use all my back issues as research with couture projects.
    Good luck with your new venture.

  6. jolily | | #6

    Hi Deana,
    you have a pleasant smile and wonderful eyes. Have fun as the new editor.

  7. denise | | #7

    Hi welcome from Australia.
    I have a different take on the magazine i have only been receiving my sub for two years. It must of been about the time you changed the format as i do not know what others are talking about. I love the way the magazine is presented in the here and now.
    Yes by all means teach us the best methods but keep in mind we want to be able to do things that do not seem to be beyond us. I have learnt so much re couture methods and enjoy a new challenge but you have to keep in mind there are all skill levels. And also in these difficult times we can turn this time in to a positive passing on skills to new sewers by not making them afraid to have a go.
    So the balance has to be there. There are some issues that i find do not have a lot for me but then the next one comes along and its great. So keep up this good work you are doing now.
    But I have one more request can we please see older faces as your models occasionally, keep in mind that we may be your biggest clientele. And also that young people do age as well and when its their turn to be 60 they may like to see older models just on some occasions also.
    Welcome and thank you.

  8. Katina | | #8

    Welcome! Welcome! I must second all that MacRoseMagBob writes.
    Publisher's Weekly recently ran an article on the resurgence of crafts and craft books in these economically difficult times, and yes, while we welcome newbies, we must not neglect those with more advanced skills. Indeed, newbies also need to acquire a repertoire of techniques.
    Good luck!

  9. Pixistix | | #9

    Congradulations. I have just started to read threads as a new sewer, and I would love to see design details on the '50s as MacRoseMagBob mentioned.

  10. Monkey1961 | | #10

    I am happy for you, and hope that you will consider some thought to menswear - Often I feel like the person that time forgot, as little has been published since David Coffin left a few years ago. I enjoy reading the pattern reviews, and now I have been reading threads for so long, some of the articles are updates of past ones - nothing wrong with that, but consider you have some people who do sew for Men, and it poses different fitting solutions say for adjusting a pattern to a man with a sloping shoulder or a pronounced stomach, maybe a bodybuilder with oversized shoulders or arm muscles, in pants fitting you sometimes find men with larger thighs but a flat butt - Darts can do a lot to fix Womans pattern problems, but not mens...

    If a pattern company has 5% of there line devoted to mens patterns, perhaps you could follow suit?

  11. OPStitcher | | #11

    Welcome to the firing line, Deana. Congratulations on your new position.

    Count me among those who want more high-end detail techniques & more emphasis on wearable menswear. With a 6'4" spouse who's built like the offensive tackle he used to be, I spend a fair amount of time altering RTW for fit. Classic tailoring trumps trendy or "fun," whether I'm sewing for him, me, or our nieces & nephews.

    That said, the simpler projects (Fashion Squared - #137, Bog jacket - #87) have been a great way to introduce my 16 year old niece to the pleasures of sewing & to Threads, so they do have their place. Both she & I drool over the vintage pieces on the back covers, so please keep 'em coming.

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    Deana | | #12

    Thank you all so much for your kind words of welcome and of course for all of your great ideas for Threads! Keep em'coming! I'll definitely be taking all of your ideas into consideration as I work on future issues and as we develop new content for the website. Feel free to continue to post your ideas here or, as this post fades away, in the Gatherings forum. I've started a thread there where you can send me any ideas, questions, or concerns anytime. I may not always be able to respond right away, but I'll definitely be listening. Thanks again! It's so great to hear from all of you.

  13. peggyv | | #13

    Welcome Deana! I'm a long-time subscriber and I'm excited you are the new editor. I very much like the changes in Threads in the last few years. In the past I felt that Threads skewed too much to older sewers (of which I am one) and some of the garments seemed somewhat dowdy and not fashion-forward.
    I like that there are articles for all levels of sewing experience so that my teenage daughter can find things of interest as well.
    Please keep bringing articles on couture sewing and more from authors such as Kathryn Breene, Kenneth King and Claire Schaeffer. One thing I really love (but it's in SewStylish) is how one pattern can be made up into many different outfits. If we can't have more SewStylsh perhaps we could have it in Threads?

  14. PeppermintPam | | #14

    Congratulations and Welcome!

    I agree, I miss the in depth articles from the past. I have acquired many sewing skills because of Threads, and have made many, many garments using techniques from the pages of Threads.

    A few I have made are: curved welt pockets(issue #62), no more wobbly welts(a la Kenneth King)(#72), made stitch and slash fabric vests and jacket(aka faux chenille)(#67), added pleats to the back of a straight skirt(#72), made a croquis(#65), learned tips for sewing all kinds of fabrics -from silk charmeuse to microfibers, knits, fur, leather and everything in between - and have learned many, many other interesting, fun and "couture" techniques that I didn't realize were couture because your articles and pictures make it easy to follow and do-able, even for someone without much experience. So please don't shy away from teaching so-called 'difficult' techniques - they have really inspired me and increased my skills dramatically.

    As I have aged, my eyes have been getting progressively worse; however, with the invention of glasses I really don't need to see a full page devoted to showing us just two notions (hint,hint). But I do love to see the close-up photos of garments and the techniques you are demonstrating.

    Also, In my humble opinion, Threads has never been an 'entry level' magazine for absolute beginners. If I were a beginner, I would go to the library and get a couple books on basic sewing or take a class or two. I wouldn't expect a magazine devoted to "people who love to sew" to 'dumb down' their magazine just for me. Again, just my opinion - hope I'm not offending anyone.

  15. Ckbklady | | #15

    Welcome Ms. Tierney!

    I've subscribed to Threads from the beginning (yes, a charter subscriber!) and have seen the waves of change as each came. I was one of the vocal complainers in the last few years about the quick/cheap/easy angle the magazine was taking, and was relieved that in response, Taunton created Sew Stylish and Craft Stylish to address the needs of the thrift shop/funky/young style sewers. I was also relieved to see Threads return to its advanced and serious couture ways.

    Now that Threads is finally back on course, I fervently hope that you intend to keep Threads going in that direction, and that Taunton will keep Sew Stylish and Craft Stylish to keep everybody happy. I welcome you to the Threads gang, and remind you that you'll be smiling out at us on our bookshelves for decades to come.

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    Yumjo | | #16

    Deana, Hello and welcome. I've read your articles which appeared in Threads and have enjoyed them. I must echo the comments of several previous posters...I enjoy, appreciate and devour the in-depth, advanced sewing techniques and ideas that have been the trade mark of Threads magazine. I get so excited about a fabulous old technique which I can use in a new garment or in some other home dec. I get tons of inspiration from these many and various ideas. I've been sewing for more than 50 years. I've taught classes, done demos, helped with 4-H, and sewn clothing and home dec professionally. I love seeing new ideas...and old, never-out-of-style exquisite techniques. I can still learn and I love to see old & new fashions, clothing, home dec and textiles. I'm always interested in new products on the market and how they can be used. Most of the time, I come up with ideas of my own on how to use the new products. But to get started, sometimes I need a push by seeing how someone else has been able to apply the new products.

    I guess I've basically said the same things as others. I'll quit for now. Congratulations on your new calling. Ymana Johnson

  17. canardlysew | | #17

    Welcome, welcome, Deana to your new position and congratulations. I'm new to this website and forum and have found it extremely helpful with many tasks old and new that I haven't done in years, for this reason coming to Threads has helped me with tips that I could not find in my local library, as I live in a country town located in Queensland, Australia.

  18. Soignee | | #18

    I have two suggestions to start with:

    1--Delete the current Letters section and try to print letters with some information or value. Currently, it's just column after column (sometimes pages) of people saying, "Wow, your magazine is the best!" and "Wow, your magazine is really great!" and "Wow, I loved your fabulous article on frayed hems!" and "Wow, your amazing magazine reminds me of a dress I sewed in 1921." As a reader, I learn NOTHING from such self-congratulatory content. It's a waste of paper.

    Also, corrections (often a discontinued pattern number) could be taken care of in a sentence or two. Instead, the Letters section prints an entire letter (sometimes two) describing how the reader couldn't find the pattern number given in a previous issue, blah blah blah. Column inches are wasted on this. Just print a small box in the front pages of the magazine titled "Corrections" and give the information. Stop wasting paper on this also.

    2--I agree with MacRoseMagBob: I want to see articles by experts, teaching sophisticated, advanced techniques. Leave the simple stuff for SewStylish. The low point in the history of Threads magazine was the dreadful Brook DeLorme article. Please, no more of that. She can't sew! Teach us at an advanced level. It's so hard to find high-level sewing instruction--we need Threads for that! The Ralph Rucci article was priceless.

    I love the Up Close feature. How about some articles on techniques used in sewing historic costumes (that is, museum-quality vintage garments)? We can learn so much from the past, when garments were made "the hard way."

    Good luck, Deana, and congratulations!


  19. fabriccrazy | | #19

    Welcome Deana. I am so happy to see a new editor.
    In my personal opion the previous editor ruined every
    thing that Threads had been. I am looking forward to
    what you offer in Threads. I know things change, I have the first edition of Threads and it is certainly come a long way from then. I used to devour every article in Threads the after the previous editor I didn't find anything of interest. Hope you improve on things and bring back the techinal articles aimed at sewers of intermediate to advanced skills. I had dropped my subscription with the other editor so I hope to find I want to renew it again.
    Looking forward to your first issue.

  20. kathlann | | #20

    Congratulations on your new post and I hope you enjoy the journey. I've been sewing for about 35 years but I'm very new to Threads Magazine as it is not stocked in my local newsagent. Your last issue is my first and my first impression was a little disappointing. I had hoped for more articles geared towards the experienced sewer.There are loads of magazines on the shelves dealing with craft-type sewing i.e. quilts, card making etc but very few dealing with the dressmaking end of things. So, I second everything written by Soignee. More techniques,articles on fitting, interviews with experienced tailor/tailoress etc.
    P.S.We share the same surname (Tierney). Any Irish connections?

  21. doreet | | #21

    Hello,Deana, nice to meet you. I have been very disappointed in the choices of sewing. I made a fur cape years ago,of upholstery fur,it was beautiful. & very useful..I cannot afford to buy certain clothing; even the simplest trench coat,is expensive to buy.But there must be simpler patterns,that even we can make. I made jeans years ago from a Burda pattern.--it was great.If you cannot afford some clothing, then you DO have to make it yourself, even in simplified patterns.(Do you get old worn out trench coats,and use their pattern?Where would you get them?I'd really like to know how to do very practical and expensive things I cannot buy..I will never get as accomplished as my sister, but I can still learn,. Thanks!! Doreet in Pacific Northwest

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