Stitch Tip #2 Tiny Thread for Tiny Shapes

A Friend’s House (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Here we have good friends meeting up for a chat in A Friend’s House from Playful Free-Form Embroidery. You’ll notice that the sheep and his bird friend in this design are created in 2 different ways.

The blue sheep (and why not blue, I ask you?) is made with felt fabric and stitched legs. But the bird is entirely created with embroidery stitches on the wool background fabric.

And that bird is tiny, about 1 inch in length.

Today’s Stitch Tip: Tiny Thread for Tiny Shapes

So how do you stitch a tiny object on wool?

You use tiny or thin thread.

Our little bird’s body is stitched entirely with a size 12 pearl cotton thread called Lettuce. The thread, when stitching solid shapes, is just large enough to lift off the nap of the wool fabric. And is fine enough to stitch close tiny stitches.

Next time you embroider a small shape on wool fabric, give size 12 a try!