Award-winning artist Lea McComas shares her secrets for stitching beautiful and realistic portrait quilts. Learn her fun-to-master techniques: Begin with your favorite photo and take off on an artistic journey. Choose a method for creating a portrait background -- from simple to more complex. Gain a deeper understanding of portrait composition. Hone your thread-painting skills. In Thread-Painted Portraits, you ll find: Step-by-step instructions for choosing a photo, building a background, stitching faces and finishing your piece; Expert advice on selecting the perfect fabrics and thread; A gallery of inspiring artwork; and Instructions for artistic binding techniques that go beyond ordinary.