TAST Break week

TAST2012logoLast week, I mentioned that we would have a catch-up week. If you are up to date with your homework, take a little a break. I don’t know a stitcher who has not got other projects to work on – so this is your chance.

For others who are in catch-up mode, this week gives you a little time. Catch-up weeks are important. It is easy to fall a bit behind as we all have busy lives. What I hope to prevent is people slipping behind, then getting discouraged, as the main aim of TAST and the reason I run it, is that I love embroidery and I love to introduce people to embroidery, so I want to see everyone succeed.
Close detail of thread twisties

Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

2 Comments

  1. Sharon, a couple months ago I purchased an old crazy quilt top (possibly from the 40’s); all seams have been embroidered with a sort of feather stitch (more like chicken/turkey tracts). There are no pretty fabrics; mostly red, navy, black, dark green and a few tans and purples. I purchased your book and now I hope to add embellishment stitches to it; but, it is a whole top and difficult to work with. Any suggestions?

    Dianne Passamonte
    1. Hi Dianne – this is a tough one as I would let it be as it is. I would keep as an example of a quilt of that era. If you really want to work it I guess you need to cut it into blocks, embellish them then join them possibly with a sash borders. But as I say I would leave it as is and start a new quilt.

      sharonb

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