When I think about my favorite fabric and pattern designers, Tula Pink immediately comes to mind. I’m a huge fan of her fanciful designs, innovative style, and cool quilt patterns. I have each of her books on my shelf and even share a copy of the Tula Pink Coloring Book with my daughter, Olivia. When Liv was in elementary school we used to color the illustrations for each other, then write notes on the back. It was a fun way to connect and touched my heart every time I found one of those personalized coloring pages on my nightstand. So I was thrilled when I heard Tula Pink was coming out with a new embroidery book, Coloring with Thread. I learned to embroider with my mom and I’m looking forward to sharing a similar experience with Liv, especially now that we’re solidly entrenched in the middle school years. Fortunately for us, the book is as inspiring as I hoped it would be.
Beautifully designed and photographed, Coloring with Thread features seventeen original Tula Pink designs based on her best-selling fabric collections. From floral bouquets and beautiful bugs to woodland critters and adorable sea creatures, each line drawing has been expertly rendered for hand embroidery.
With so many options, it’s hard to decide where to begin. Fortunately, Coloring with Thread helps take the guesswork out of embroidering the designs by offering enough information to help beginners get started while keeping its focus on inspiration. Each project features a suggested color guide (handpicked by Tula Pink herself) and illustrated step-by-step tutorials for more than twenty embroidery stitches. There are also tips on selecting thread, choosing and preparing fabric, transferring the designs, and more. But what to do with the finished project is up to you. Fortunately, whether you’re embellishing a tea towel, jean jacket, pillow, book bag, or the like, each of the designs can be sized to fit your canvas.
However, if you are looking for specific ideas (or just some gorgeous eye candy), you’re in luck. For the next few weeks, fiber artists and Tula fans from around the globe will be making and showcasing their favorite designs from Coloring with Thread. So let inspiration be your guide as you follow along on the Coloring with Thread book tour.
Here’s the schedule of don’t-miss stops.
Monday, November 27th — The Quilting Company
Tuesday, November 28th — Minki Kim, Minki’s Worktable
Wednesday, November 29th — Nichole Vogelsinger, Wildboho
Thursday, November 30th — Amanda Carestio, Sew Daily
Friday, December 1st — Nydia Kehnle, Nydia Kehnle Design
Monday, December 4th — Sharon Burgess, Lilabelle Lane Creations
Tuesday, December 5th — Cindy Guch, Raspberry Sunshine
Wednesday, December 6th — Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Crafty Planner
Thursday, December 7th — Wynn Tann, zakkaArt
Friday, December 8th — Elise Baek, Elise & Emelie
Monday, December 11th — Ann Blalock, Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets
Tuesday, December 12th — Sara Lawson, Sew Sweetness * Watch the Facebook Live video at 7pm CST
Wednesday, December 13th — Nancy Jewell, Free Spirit Fabrics
Thursday, December 14th —Annette Allison Millard, The Sewful Life
Friday, December 15th — Brenna Riley Gates, The Quilting Company