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Kudos, Amber!

solosmocker | Posted in Talk With Us on

Amber, I just got my latest issue of Threads and must congratulate you and your staff. This is the greatest issue in YEARS! Every page was a treat. The back page was phenomenal. I wanted to try everything in the issue. The Readers Closet was so inspirational. I could go on and on. Keep up the great work. This is one happy reader.



  1. Frannie | | #1

    I agree totally with solosmocker..she said it all for me! I have every issue of Threads and this one is wonderful! The photography is fabulous..the top 5 hand stitches are incredibly well done..so clear! Kudos to the photographers and illustrators. Also the article by Kenneth King on underlining/interlining...both the text and the illustrations ..wonderfully helpful! I just love learning about quality techniques that are quite simple yet add so much to one's work.KK did some excellent work in this issue as did Susan Khalje and Mary Ray, the Threads staff and especially the editor , Amber Eden. My daughter is the Style Director at  a New England magazine, so I understand the work that goes into every issue. Creating a balance while maintaining interest levels is not easy! I have to go back and read now as I plan a  LBD incorporating techniques from several articles.  I love, by the way, how you connected the LBD article with KK's techniques. Brilliant!! And, Amber, your Editor's Note on Slow Swing is advice well taken!

    1. Sancin | | #2

      Another WOW.  I will be telling all my sewing friends, who unfortunately are fewer and fewer, that the March 2008 edition is the best Threads I have received in YEARS.  As I have sewn for many years, I know most of the techniques but it was great to revisit techniques that I have dropped or got sloppy about.  It reminded me of the beautiful fabrics and clothes I sewed while I was at university in the 1960's.  Oh how I wish those fabrics were easily available and styles 'in' today ..... and I had places to wear them all.  Life has become far too casual where I live.

      Thank you THREADS.

      1. starzoe | | #3

        "Far too casual" -- me too. I live in a smallish city, lots of retirees and they all live in jogging suits and off-the-rack multiples. I don't get out to dressy occasions but I like to present a unique and polished front when I do go out, even if it is for shopping for groceries.I like the programs on TV, like How Not to Dress but those styles are certainly not for women over (say) 40. Retirees have money to spend and now make up a good portion of the economy but still they are more or less ignored except for walk-in tubs or ageing medications (Viagra! if you please). Even the people shown in those ads can't be over 45! Even the magazines for "mature" women are advertised for the over 40's.That's why I sew. And mostly design my own clothing.

      2. GailAnn | | #4

        "Far too Casual:"  Amen, Sister, Amen!

        1. solosmocker | | #5

          I have never quite known how to do casual. But give me something to dress up for and I can turn a few heads. We must be "to the manor born" LOL!solo

          1. GailAnn | | #6

            Hello Sister Solo!

            Well in my case, perhaps, it was in the quarters behind the kitchen of the manor.

            Got out my old high school year books, recently,  from the late '60s.  All of us looked very neat and tidy, even attending a basketball game.  Very tasteful.

            Re: a post from someone else:     Perhaps only TV housewives did wear high-heel and pearls for scrubbing the tubs, but everyone changed into nicer clothes to do the marketing!


            Edited 1/19/2008 8:49 am ET by GailAnn

          2. solosmocker | | #7


  2. ctirish | | #8

    Maybe we can start a trend by dressing a notch above what is out there. You never know what will start a trend. On Project Runway I have noticed the judges are pushing the better dressed look more this year. After all, if everyone starts wearing sweats everywhere, who needs to buy new clothes. I think it started when men stopped wearing suits to work and women stopped wearing hats. And I don't consider a knitted cap pulled down over your ears a hat !
    My daughter loves hats and always wears them to dressy events. I can't believe the grief she gets from her cousins when she wears one. They look so good on her too. If I looked that good in hats I would wear them too.
    My newest Granddaughter will be christened at the end of February - if I attend - maybe I will have her help me find a hat that I can wear for the day and she can wear afterwards.

    1. Ralphetta | | #9

      That's a good idea.  They always say you should dress for the job you WANT, not the one you have, so it would be sort of like that.

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