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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label YLI thread. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Carribean DREAMS Fiber Scarf FINISHED!

To see the beginning of the "Caribbean Dreams" scarf, click here

After washing out of the Aqua Bond and Aqua Film topping products; the scarf has air dried, and then lightly misted with water and pressed slightly using a pressing cloth.
Before closing the gaps in the scarf
So... it has a few big gaps where I didn't quite get the threads joined to the other triangle.  Is this a problem?  Absolutely not!  Personally, I LIKE it.  ALOT! And I wouldn't hesitate to wear it just like this!  BUT... for those people who are a little more 'perfectionist' oriented... or concerned about the gaps... (you know who you are!) ...posted below is the technique I used to close those gaps -- just for you!  So tell me what you think of the "before shot" (above) or the 'after shot" (below)!  I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I used my favorite Glitter thread in silver, as I had also put a bit of it in the scarf sandwich to begin with.  And then... by the way... do ya'll know out there that a Bernina machine can 'sew on air?'  Oh so true!
Like a dream, sister!
Stitching free motion to join the triangular areas, and close in the gaps
Foot:  free motion #29. Thread is placed in a vertical position so it releases from the side of the spool.  VIP tip. Tension is lowered to 1.0.  Needle down is engaged. Zig zag stitch, free motion is set up.  Tension: lower to 1.0 and for convenience's sake... use your needle down feature.

LOVE using a zig zag stitch free motion!  And my bobbin thread?  Bottom Line from  Superior Threads, of course!

A few other views posted below to hopefully inspire you to your own distinct creations that are just ready to burst forth and bloom within your creative minds!

 Some of you KNOW what I say in class:  It's the pursuit of EXCELLENCE... not perfection!
 It's so simple... I only used two different cotton threads; one in pinky mango, and the other in turquoise blues, draped on lime green, turquoise YLI candlelight threads... those thick ones.   Added a bit of white shiny yarn, twisted off some silver Glitter thread, and trimmed the outer edges with a beautiful hand-dyed rayon ribbon! Perfection!  I mean, EXCELLENT! 
 Elegant or casual.  Gorgeous, light and airy and it GLOWS with sparkly goodness and beautiful STYLE!  Perfect for a wedding or any other occasion you may be attending!
  And so here is the way the 'joining' as I call it, looks on the finished scarf.
"gaps" are now joined
I laid out the full scarf on the table so you can see the complete pattern, color and style.  What a FUN, and oh-so-unique and original scarf you can make!  This one is FOR SALE. Click here to go to my Etsy shop.
To make YOUR OWN, sign up for the 
CLASS:  Saturday, May 7th, 
10-1pm at the Bernina Silver Thimble! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Bernina - Free Hand System and Tip

If you own a FHS on your Bernina (or other brands as well), did you know that using it can save you approximately 25% in sewing time?  True story.  I love mine! 

I was telling my Bernina mastery class about this extra little tip for using the Free-Hand system. Thought it might be useful to y'all out there in 'blog-land.' 
This is a nice little 'extra' you can take advantage of if you already have a Free Hand system.  Take the free hand system off of your machine, and thread your spool of your thick threads onto the metal bar (if your spool hole will slide onto the width of the metal bar).  It keeps the thread nice and tidy while you are couching it on with the techniques I've shown before, and in the pictures below!

If you don't know what the free hand system is, it's also called a 'knee lift' and by tilting your knee to the right, you can automatically lift the presser foot without using both of your hands. 

The FHS is GREAT for turning corners, and to get the most out of this system, it's essential that you also engage needle down to preserve your 'spot' when you want to turn the fabric. 
AND... it works so very beautifully as a way of keeping my thread from tangling when I am using one of my very favorite feet - the 39C clear embroidery foot.  If you missed seeing some of the posts, you can see them here and a project I called "Pick Up Stix Glitz" here! 

I also used it to make some charming "Spring Placemats" and you can see them here.
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