Must-have! Ultimate guide to wool appliqué and embroidery (+ big giveaway!)

The definitive guide to wool appliqué and embroidery is here—introducing Wool, Needle & Thread by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings!

You’ll love visiting Lisa Bongean’s private classroom again and again in Wool, Needle & Thread. Ditch the trial-and-error and learn, from Lisa’s decades of experience, how she creates her exquisite stitcheries step by step: wool appliqué, embroidery, and more. Filled with close-up photos of Lisa’s hands working her magic, this book will help you master each technique down to the tiniest detail.

Start with Lisa’s fabric tips; then move on to her favorite tools, templates, threads, and needles. How does she create her slim vines, pretty pennies, and flower appliqués? It’s all here, along with a dozen embroidery stitches in photos so clear, you’ll know exactly how to re-create them. Lisa also shares five sweet projects to make yourself, rounding out this jam-packed volume that will teach you how to start, stitch, and finish your projects more accurately, more confidently, and more beautifully than ever before.

Lisa’s book is brimming with step-by-step photos, streamlined-stitching tricks, and professional finishing techniques—everything you need to know to stitch like a pro! We’re excited to have Lisa here as a guest writer to tell you more about her latest book with Martingale.


It’s finally here! Wool, Needle & Thread: The Go-To Guide for Wool Stitchery is more than a book; it’s my life. This is my memoir of 20-plus years of stitching. I have lived these stitches, these techniques, and taught them to many eager students over decades. I wish I’d had this guide years ago, but that would not have been possible because it takes years of experience to be able to offer something like this with confidence, giving stitchers all you have.

I can’t wait for you to have this book in your hands—to page through it and know that you’ll have it to reference again and again. The Martingale team has outdone themselves with the style of the book, capturing each movement of my needle with in-depth descriptions of what is happening as each stitch is formed. You’ll be in awe of how many photos there are of each of the main embroidery stitches to use on your wool-appliqué journey. The book is truly a work of love.


Project: White Geraniums

I believe that when you take a class, you cannot possibly remember everything that is presented. We can only absorb so much without being overwhelmed. But now my classes are at your fingertips in this book, and you can refer to the information whenever you need it.

It’s time for me to stay closer to home and spend time with my family, especially my two grandbabies. That’s why it’s time for Wool, Needle & Thread. I know it will be impossible for me to stop teaching altogether, but I will be teaching less often. Thank you to all whom I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in person. I know I’ve seen many of you more than once in my workshops. I’m truly honored to have been one of your wool-appliqué teachers. Without you and your stitching successes, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to produce this book.


Project: Autumn Table Mat

I’d love for you to follow me on my blog and stay in touch on Instagram and Facebook, where you can show and share your projects! With this book, you’ll have everything you need, right in your hands, to accomplish any wool project!

Time for me to get stitching . . . all the best to you on your stitching journey.

P.S. If you wish to obtain a kit of any of the projects in the book, you can do so by visiting Primitive Gatherings online or by contacting me at my stores in Wisconsin and California.


Thanks for sharing your new book with us, Lisa!

We have an amazing giveaway that Lisa put together just for you to celebrate the release of Wool, Needle & Thread:

To enter your name in our random drawing, tell us in the comments:

What’s your level of wool-appliqué and embroidery expertise?

  • I’m new to both—I need Lisa’s book stat!
  • I’ve dabbled in both; Lisa’s book could take me to the next level.
  • I’ve been doing both for years, just like Lisa!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to dive in to wool appliqué and embroidery with Lisa, you can purchase the book at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Shelley Taylor, who says:“I have much to learn and know that Lisa’s book is just what I need.  I’ve dabbled in both, Lisa’s book could take me to the next level”

We’ll email you about your prize, Shelley – congratulations!


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