Kate Haxell learned sewing from her grandmother at a young age. After obtaining her art degree, she went to work for Country Living, then moved into book publishing and editing. Sarah Hazell is passionate about knitting and has written previous books on the subject. Her previous title Exploring Color in Knitting is also available from Barron's.
"Knitters and sewers will welcome this extremely detailed, comprehensive and creative look at personalizing thread-based projects. The authors take painstaking care to ensure that the 26 alphabets are not only charted...but with a paragraph or so explaining techniques and possible hiccups, especially for novices. At the end, the authors explain and illustrate more elaborate techniques, from beading to stranding, and conclude with a list of abbreviations and yarns. This inspired book is first class." -- Booklist, starred review