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Showing posts with label superior threads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label superior threads. Show all posts

Monday, December 2, 2013

in from the cold and winter's lane ~ placemats


here we go ~ lots of snow falling, with temperatures predicted at -15 below zero in our neck of the woods!!  one thing is  for sure.  it's looking alot like christmas {right now!} and there is lots of pretty snow on the ground!

and perfect ~ in that the theme of today's post is is "in from the cold!"  "so let it be written... so let it be done!" {from The Ten Commandments!} lol

i've been sewing and quilting up my favorite round placemats with christmassy fabrics!  and i've had a great time! this year, they are made from two fabric lines by moda fabrics, titled "in from the cold" {go figure!}  and "winter's lane, by kate spain, and kate and birdie paper company, respectively.

love these fabric lines!!  petite white doves, golden brown pine cones, and of course, the proverbial seasonal favorite as well: red berries.  a contemporary 'crisp' snowflake print comes to the forefront for the binding and also the backing on the green placemats, finished with white razzle dazzle thread couched into the binding's seam for that special winterish holiday touch:
i quilted them with an all-over 'feathery' style of quilting, in white magnifico 100% polyester thread.

and then onto a different color theme.  taupe! definitely not so traditional, but adorable and contemporary for sure! and i would love to coming in from the cold to a lovely christmas table set with these pretty placemats!  and the other fun part of it is that the taupe set will go great into the "after christmas" season, too.
i've finished up five each of these two colorways, and will be offering them for sale in the holiday weekend arts and crafts show this saturday and sunday {december 7th and 8th} in great falls!  come by and say hi if you're in the area!
all finished with that added sparkly touch of razzle dazzle thread, couched into the binding seam {with my wonder of a foot} ~ the bernina #39 clear embroidery foot

and a sweet little berrie n' white print for the backside:
christmas sewing!  love it!
hope you're in from the cold, and enjoying a soothing cup of tea this december season!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

artsy painted leaves ~

hi everyone ~

i feel like i've been on a walkabout of sorts, but it's actually been more of a 'sickabout' as my good health is went missing for the past week! lol and ugh. it seems an allergy inflammation ~ somewhat misdiagnosed, turned into infection in my sinuses with enlarged 'nose polyups' {whatever!}  and quite painful ~ so much so it hurt to put my glasses on my face it was swelled so badly.  wowzers.  several trips to the doctor, x-rays, and a week later... i feel like i am turning the corner back to 'normal' {of one kind or another!} lol 

sooo... several weeks ago, i began painting on a beautiful plain white piece of prepared for dye cotton fabric, using those beautiful silk acrylic glaze paints by luminarte.  these are just sweet to paint with. they have such beautiful luminosity, color and rich, flowing, silky-smooth texture.

after letting the paint dry, and heat-setting with an iron, i began the quilting process.  i'd begun quilting the stems, and adding silver glitter thread as a highlight when the 'nose storm' hit:
 and all of the threads {from superiorthreads.com} seen below, went into the quilting of this piece:
 the first thing i did to begin quilting this piece, was to quilt the curving branches, and stems.  this left me with what i call a 'road map' on the back side.  that's when i turned the quilt over to the back, and quilted those same branches and stems with a black and silver razzle dazzle.  {love love}.  why black?  it seems wintery to me.  and the silver?  well, that's the frosted branches!
of course, i added variegated thread for each of the leaves, switching out multiple times to get the thread color combo i wanted.  and i chose to do that with something new to my studio, and to my quilting:  fantastico by superior.

 now, i've shared my secret {above!}.  but it's really no secret.  do you read the information that superior makes available on their website, for each thread?  it's great info, and they truly want you to have a good time, and of course, they want you to use their product, so it's behooves them to tell you the 'secret' on how it can be successfully used! glitter thread is a bit of a glamor queen, and something of a delicate, high-maintenance diva!  but it's truly as simple as the formula i've stated in the picture, as far as the thread action goes, that is.  you must use a  90/14 topstitch needle and quilt a bit slower.  this thread isn't one for the speed zone, that's for sure.  then ~ expect some glamorous, exciting results!  {and i have it in all the colors, and have used it this way successfully... for many years.

i used a bit of king tut {40 wt egyptian-grown cotton thread} below, for some shadows and emphasis on the wintery-looking branches, and just a bit on the leaves, here and there.  masterpiece was in my bobbin the whole time.
below:   the dynamic duo of quilting with metallic thread {of any type or kind!} in my experience:
 and below, a spool showing fantastico.  this is why i ordered a couple spools to try:
  • Ideal for embroidery and quilting.
  • High-sheen allows the thread to reflect color vividly and clearly.
  • Precision-dyed one-inch color change.
  • Unlike many other high-tenacity trilobal polyesters, Fantastico is 'heat set' in processing which eliminates shrinkage.
  • Fantastico consists of 48 micro filaments x 4 ply (2 ply x 2 ply), for a total of 192 micro filaments resulting in spectacular sheen and strength.  
  • and i was not disappointed.  this is definitely a brilliant thread, and i will keep on using it!
 this is the backside.  i used a yellow masterpiece {50 wt extra long staple, egyptian-grown cotton} which is the best in the market, in my opinion.  the white thread you see below, is the bobbin thread - superior's "bottom line" by libby lehman, for the silver metallic glitter thread on the topside.
and finally, i quilted the soft white background with white magnifico. and i'm so pleased with the overall look of this piece.

disclosure: i am not a paid consultant for superior threads, and i receive no compensation for promoting their products, either financially or otherwise.  i have used their threads extensively for many, many years, and love the quality and integrity of their product, and most of all, the education this family-owned company promotes to the sewing and quilting enthusiast!
{linking up with connie and friends here!} 
 soli deo gloria!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

let's do the twist ~

helloooo  to everyone out there...

here's a bit more fall inspiration from a photo i took:

and... i'm trying a new thread for me ~ this is "twist" by superior threads.  here's some great info they've put out about this thread:

"It's a high tenacity (strength), high sheen trilobal filament polyester.  The strength allows for ease of stitching and the high-sheen reflects true, gorgeous hues. Upon first glance, Twist may look similar to a variegated thread, meaning multiple colors dyed on a single strand of thread, however, Twist is unique as it is actually two separately dyed polyester threads, twisted together. This is the first time this has been done with our high sheen, high strength polyester. (It exists in the rayon world, but we do not recommend rayon threads.) By creating Twist with two separately dyed threads, this provides a wonderful texture-approach to embroidery, as depth of color and shades blend seamlessly into each other."
and once again, i'm auditioning thread colors.  here you see the deep gold, a peachy/brown, a rich red brown, and then just good ol' deep brown!  {how do ya like my descriptions?!}

i've drawn my line in the sand  on the fabric using my favorite chalk-marking pen:
and i really 'dig' this twist color thread on this fabric.  it doesn't look like much in the photo above, but it's getting exciting ~~~ time to dance!  {let's do the twist!!}  i bought this twist thread  in the green too... but i changed my mind, and decided to go witht he bright lime green in magnifco thread, instead.  but oh my, i do LOVE it! 

p.s.  superior threads: we need more colors to be available in this thread!
look how pretty it is on the fabric now!  it really brings this beautiful hand-dyed fabric to life
and it glows ~ looks so good with razzle in that peachy-brown, and the lime green... lights it up, man!  and while i was in the "subtle" mood, i kept with the green in the outside motifs too.  i love it!
i had this bug to add turquoise colors of stitching in this fabric, but i felt i just didn't have the right 'brightness' in my thread stash {i know - hard to imagine, isn't it?}... so i added it in the binding instead!  {yay!}
yes, yes i do, i/m excited at how it turned out! i put some amy butler on the back.  {well, her fabric anyway!}  love having a good stash of fabrics i can mix and match...

that binding also has peach and green, tans and browns, which makes it just the perfect finish, in my eyes!

so there you have it ~ this is "golden fields" and it's newly listed, and available in my etsy shop. 

so what do you think of my 'unusual' selection of colors?  kinda different, huh?

but ~ perfect ~ for the thanksgiving table, don'tcha think?!  {i'm hoping somebody does... so i can buy more threads!} lol

giving thanks ~
bless your day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

decorative thread applique ~ and a giveaway


since recently becoming enamored to magnifico thread, i've been itchin' to stitch! that is, to see how it looks with decorative stitching techniques ~ and it's also a good reason for me to play with some of the thousand+ decorative stitches on my bernina 830 machine!  i love this thread so much, but sadly, i cannot purchase it locally.  but there's no reason for a sad face! 

tada!  thread of the month club is here to save the day!!  {sing it mighty dog!}  lol  ... {in case you don't remember that cartoon!}

anyway!   i {finally}  signed up for a wonderful offering that superior has implemented; it's called the magnifico thread-of-the-month club! 

did you know that they have a thread of the month club for every type of thread they sell??!!!  it goes for the spools, and the cones, too!  there are pretty sweet advantages to joining up with a club like this:
like free shipping, {including add-on items} for one!

FREE SHIPPING to U.S. and Canada addresses. See below for details.
each month, we will send a different selection of our threads personally chosen by Mother Superior.
Open enrollment. Start anytime. Cancel anytime. No sign-up or cancellation fees.
Members-only specials offered each month.
and with my free shipping, i added a set of twelve spools  called 'crayon', seen below {love the selection of colors!} 
i'm also trying "so fine" thread for the first time, too; a 50 wt polyester instead of the 50 wt masterpiece.   it's $3 less than masterpiece.  and i'm using it in my bobbin:
this is the pattern; it's by laura heine of billings montana, who owns and operates a gorgeous quilt shop "fiberworks" ~ i do so look forward to going into this shop; the sad truth is that i just don't get there very often. {a good thing for my pocketbook!}  i'll show the pattern when i finish the quilt and post about it.

then it's time to stabilize, stabilize!  without a good stabilizer, decorative stitching, especially with heavier motifs, just does not stitch out nearly as neat and nice. 

my favorite is this one: a heavyweight tear-away by oesd {sold at my local bernina shop in great falls}.  i lightly spray 505 on the back of the fabric, and then pin the stabilizer just in the corners, to keep it from getting unruly on me as i slide it under my needle.
and once again, it's time to audition threads. blue, red, orange, purple!  which one{s} will i choose?
the orange is pretty and since it's a neon color, {yes, i love these, too!} ~ it will highlight the flower petal edges... which appeals to me.  i kind of have a creative notion that they are 'glowing' against a dramatic sky, highlighted by the sun... {indulge me, k?!}

now, which color of superior's razzle dazzle?  hmmm... blue or orange?  the orange will blend with the petals... the blue will stand out a bit more, and it will also bring out the tones of the background blue/sky feel of the fabric.  {as i see it!}  regardless of the choice, it will ALL be pretty!

and ya gotta have an open-toe foot! visibility, and ease of use make this the bernina #20 foot the champion of decorative stitching enthusiasts! {like me!}
i chose decorative stitch #419 on my bernina 830.  i'm going to taper it to begin with, which means that as i start at the tips of the petals, i begin with a 3.0 width, and as i am stitching, {no need to stop with berninas}... i gradually widen my stitch out to a 6.0 {or so} width.  i could go up to 9.0 on my bernina 830, but i decided against that. the look i want is just for accent - not to overpower. and that... is what it's all about ~ what i like!  

notice too, i've changed my needle position so it's oriented in the far right setting. {that is key to achieving easy and  exact placement of the stitching}
starting at 3.0 width, and turning the knob as i am also stitching, tapering to gradually increase to 6.0 width {seen below}
engaging the needle position to the far right enables me to achieve perfect alignment along the exact edge of the applique fabric, seen below.  i also use the #20 foot to guide my stitching placement as i sew, by keeping my eye on the needle, and the edge of the right-hand, inside edge of the toe of the foot!  {that's a mouthful!}.

in hindsight! i believe it would have been more attractive {and professional looking} had i thought to begin part way up, in the middle of the shape... not at the point.  it's a smoother transition, and one will avoid nasty bulk at the points as you start and stop with your stitching.  and because there are so many threads in play at those points, it can get bulky, and a tad bit unsightly.  oh well.  that's how i'll learn! 

and another hint.  switch to a small straight stitch and adjust the length to a very tiny length, such as 1.0 to  begin and finish your stitching.  

and once i've stitched a half-inch with that small straight stitch to start, i then touch the decorative stitch, and start into stitching it.  that way you won't have thread unstitching itself... and it also looks far more attractive than backstitching with the decorative stitch, which is unsightly, and messy-looking, i think.  i do the same thing when i end, too, or when the stitch breaks and i need to start again.
once the petals are all stitched out, i flip over to the back. one of the best aspects of using a heavyweight stabilizer, is that when you stitch a heavy decorative stitch, it very easily tears away!  {love}

not necessary to tear away the stabilizer on the inside of the petals... although i could, {but i won't!}
and i won't because it's also going to get a layer of batting, and then some more stitching.  this second round of stitching is done with razzle dazzle, and my #39 clear motion embroidery foot, as i outline the shapes with the beautiful blue-aqua-pinky color of razzle dazzle thread.

{i almost changed my mind and went with that red thread!} it would have looked really good with the orange, too...

did you know i have a tutorial published about using the bernina #39 clear embroidery foot with the sweet couching technique it performs? 
view the tutorial  here!

my pictures don't do that neon orange thread justice!  it's much brighter with good light.  but hopefully that will happen when i'm finished.

all done.  for now!  {i love~love the blue thread!}
so... what do you think of my thread choices/colors?  i hope you found some inspiration, and hopefully some good information, too.  

thanks for hangin' out with me and my pal, 'magnifico' ~ and now it's time for the monthly superior giveaway too!

to enter, first, go to superiorthreads.com, and tell me {by commenting on this post} which set of 12 magnifico threads is your fave, or, if you'd like, let me know which thread of the month club you subscribe to, or would like to.

winner announced next monday ~ november 11th {veteran's day}. the prize is a $25 gift certificate to spend at superior threads

yay! it's good  for everyone, including international readers! {beautiful!} share this post on your facebook, website, or blog for an extra chance to win, and leave a comment here with the link that you did so!

joining up with  linky tuesday with free motion by the river, today, too!

thanks so much!
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