Prinky and Our Thread Winner!

It was an ordeal coming up with a name for this colorway of thread, Prinky Phlox. But just when I thought I’d have to resort to a bland name like pink/purple, I noticed the phlox flowers in my garden. The color of the thread and the flower matched perfectly!

The term “prinky” is sort of a play on the word “pinkie”. Prinky means showy or bedecked. Thus the thread colorway called Prinky Phlox was born.

Winner of Giveaway #3

The lucky winner of this skein of Prinky Phlox is……Betty M. May your artwork always be prinky and bedecked.

In celebration of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I’m giving away items for the book projects every week until the end of May.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway next Tuesday.

Good Friends and Giveaway #3

There is an old proverb stating that “the road to a friend’s house is never long”. This aphorism reminds me of the many friendships I’ve made over the years as a traveling quilt teacher. No matter where I go, my quilt friends are always welcoming and kind.

In celebration of those friendships, I came up with this design for my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery. A Friend’s House is embroidered on a wool background with felt shapes for the sheep and birdhouse. The free-standing stitched shapes like the bird, fence, and sun are made with thread alone. Complete directions are given in the book.

Did you know I’m giving away items for the Playful Free-Form Embroidery projects every Tuesday until the end of May?

This week the gift is a skein of size 8 pearl cotton called Prinky Phlox used to make the fence for A Friend’s House.

Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner!

Please note that the giveaway closes on Thursday and I announce the winner on Friday. Meantime, please check out my online class, Little House in the Woods, and learn how to make this sweet little house design on the front cover of the book.

Dyeing is Messy #3

After painting the dye on the cotton thread, I let it dry. To accelerate the dye process, a heater is placed near the stack of trays so they get warm and toasty. Drying the skeins also helps with the next fun part of dyeing thread- the washout.

While the thread is drying on the trays, I dye cotton fabric for quilt making. It’s a way to use up the leftover dye and a way to play with color creating some new color schemes I call “random acts of dyeing”.

If you’ve ever purchased something from the Artfabrik store and received a quarter yard of fabric as a gift, you’ve received a “random act of dyeing”.

The next day the fabric is washed out in my trusty top-loading washing machine. As the water is pumped out of the washer, I collect it in small buckets like this. This water is used to wash the thread. Hand washing the thread can take up to 22 buckets of water for a dark colorway. Days of hoisting buckets of water have given me arms of steel!