Favorite Thread for Machine Quilting

 

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My favorite thread for machine quilting on my BERNINA is Isacord. I do free motion quilting on my art quilts and this thread seems to work best on my machine. (Your machine may prefer a different brand.)

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I love to visit my local quilt shop and browse through the vast number of thread colors they offer. The colors are so enticing and each spool has a color number on the label. You’d think I’d keep track of what colors I have, but often find I’ve purchased the same beautiful colors over and over again. Aaaarrrrgh! 

isacord1Isacord also has this handy way of holding the thread end so it doesn’t spool off. Pop the plastic base of the spool open, slip the thread end into the slot at the base, and snap it closed to pinch the end into place. For those of us who are neat and tidy (ha!), this little mechanism for corralling thread ends is a big help.

 

For All Your Stitching Needs and the Winners

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Embroidered Garden on Silk by Laura Wasilowski

I’ve found that the best pearl cotton thread for all my stitching needs is a Size 8. It stitches easily on a fine silk fabric like this piece above where I’ve embroidered the tree trunk with a variegated size 8. You can make your own version of it by following my free stitch tutorial, Silk Stitch Along.

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Yellow Chair by Laura Wasilowski

You can also use a size 8 pearl cotton on wool and felt. Here you see it making up the yellow chair, bowl, apples, and other elements in the design. Click here for the Yellow Chair Stitch Along.

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Yes, Size 8 is very versatile.

As are the lucky winners of the size 8 thread give away last week. Congratulations to Melissa G and Barbara G on winning a skein of our hand dyed size 8 pearl cotton thread.

We’ll have more give-aways soon!

Thrifty Stitching and Another Give Away

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Home Again by Laura Wasilowski

This little hand embroidery piece made with felt measures about 4″ x 7″. It is what I call a thrifty stitcher. A thrifty stitcher is made from those odd ends of threads left on the needle when stitching a bigger project. What do you do with 6 or 7 inches of thread left on a needle? Throw the thread away? I can’t do it!

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So I use those threads on a small project that I can pick and put down at will. In this thrifty stitcher example, you see a thick size 3 thread couched across the bottom to make horizontal lines. 

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And it is several sets of size 3 threads drawn from these colors that I’d like to give-away on the blog. Care to join my “get rid of stuff” party? Just leave a comment below and you may be a lucky winner. (Please note that at some point I cut off the comment section, usually just before I announce the winners.)

Stitching Like a Middle Ager and the Winners!

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It was my good fortune to happen across the Cluny Museum in Paris last month and discover an amazing exhibit called The Art of Embroidery in the Middle Ages. It was inspiring to see beautiful handwork from their European collection covering the 12th to 16th centuries. The exhibition, housed in the ancient Roman Frigidarium, is sadly now closed.

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Too have seen the detail of this extraordinary stitching close was so inspiring. It gives me the chills! Viewing embroidery first hand rather than through books or on the web really brings it to life for me. 

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And for my fellow stitch appreciators who left comments on my recent blog post, thank you. The name suggestions for my thread dyeing mistake above were a wonder. As in, I wonder why there were so many suggestions related to wine?

I’m not adverse to a good Bordeaux as a wine or as a thread title. Both Annette R and Jeri P suggested Bordeaux as the thread name and each win a size 8 skein of the new Bordeaux colorway. I also promised to give away a skein to a random winner. Congratulations Lea Ann F. you are my lucky winner! 

Soft Color for a Beautiful Quilt

wildricesample2It is always a thrill to meet up with those who use my hand dyed threads. Christie brought her beautiful quilt to a meeting of the Prairie Star Guild in St. Charles IL. Here you see a detail of her hand embroidery on the quilt using my Wild Rice pearl cotton threads in sizes 8 and 12.

wildricesample3She did an extraordinary job of stitching and picking out the perfect thread color to match the sashing fabrics. Thank you Christie for using my threads and for sharing your artwork with us!