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Stitchers Retreat

Mid April there is going to be a Stitcher’s Retreat in Fargo, ND.  I am pleased to be teaching Brazilian Embroidery & Stump work again.  I did a design just for the retreat.  It is a bell.  We will stitch bullions, Cast-on and stem stitch along with a few other Brazilian embroidery stitches; and use several EdMar rayon threads – Lola, Iris, Cire, Glory and Nova.  Beginners are welcome.

There are still a few spaces available.  Other classes offered are:  tatting, Tamari balls, Blackwork, Hardanger, Canvas work to mention a few.  The theme is Stitching Around the World.  We have a wonderful time, with free stitching time when  not in a class.  You have a choice of 4 classes to choose from a long list and wide variety.

For more information, send me a note, or log onto  NordicNeedle.com

Hope you can join us.

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom

Brazilain Embroidery & Cross Stitch scissor fob

Scissor fobs are becoming very popular to stitch, they are small enough to be a quick stitching project.  They make a fun gift and are practical.   Recently I did a Scissor fob for At Home with Needlework, the magazine by Zweigart.

These pretty attachments are useful to keep from loosing your scissors.  Some stitchers like to keep a pair of scissors in every project bag – They can just pick it up, with everything needed enclosed.   Mesh bags  are prefect for your projects.  They are available in 4 sizes.  Set up your project in separate bags.   But back to Scissor fobs –  I didn’t realize how many Stitchers collected scissors.  I thought my having a 12-15 was alot.  Then I read a blog, that some ladies are VERY SERIOUS collectors – having well over 100, and they make a scissor fob for each.  They even have display cabinets for them.

This fob was fun to do, using my favorite Brazilian embroidery and incorporating Cross Stitch.

Rolled Rose scissor fob

The Brazilian embroidery Rolled Roses are Bullions, stitched with EdMar thread, Cire – color #009

Gentle Art floss is used for the Cross Stitch – Fragrant Clove

Zweigart banding is the base for the Scissor fob

It is available as a complete kit on my website:   http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

It is getting late and I want to work on a new Brazilian embroidery design with Kalmia flowers.  I will show you some pictures of it progress in the next Blog.    Also, I am trying to keep ahead on doing the Huck embroidery bookmarks that I donate to the local Library to sell in their Little Gift Shop.   Not enough hours in the day to do all the stitching I would like to do;  but isn’t that the case for all Stitchers

I look forward to your comments ~

Stitching keeps the soul content

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom

Milliner Needles

Today we will talk about Milliner needles.  Why is it important to use Milliner needles, instead of other types.   Notice in the picture below, the eye is the same size as the shank – no buldge.  This is necessary for ease of  slipping the bullion wraps and cast-on loops off the needle.     Also, notice the long shank.  This makes it easier to wrap or loop the cast-ons;  and to place more wraps and cast-ons than you could on a short needle. 

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Now, lets discuss  size.   The REALLY large needle is a #15 Milliner.    #15 is used for Nova and Boucle thread.  #15 is a new size available to us in the Milliner needles.  Before we had to use  Yarn Darners, which have the bulging eye – very hard to pull those wraps and cast-ons off the needle.   I enjoy using Nova and especially Boucle thread, with this new large size needle.   Also, the large needle leaves a perfect size hole in the fabric for the Boucle to slip through with out distroying the knubbies on the thread.

The three small needles;  l to r  are  #1,  #5  & #7.  Size 1 is used for Lola and Cire;  #5  for  Iris and Frost;  size 3  is for Glory.    If the needle is to small for the thread to easily slip through the eye, it will wear on thread,  causing it to fray.  If the needle is to large, you will not have nice Cast-ons and smoothing the Bullions will be more difficult.  

There are many brands of Milliner needles.  I found some of the more common brands  have a smaller eye, making it hard to thread and wearing on the thread.   Some of the brands I would recommend are:   John James, Richard Hemmings and Piecemaker.   There is a very nice Milliner needle made in France, I am trying to get my hands on some of those for you – more about that one in the future.  I have some inexpensive Milliner needles in bulk, size  #1, 5 & 7, that are of good qualitity.  Contact me to inquire about those.    www.ThreadsinBloom.com

If you have any further questions about needles for Brazilian Embroidery, or comments;  if you would like a set  ( 1 each ) of the bulk needles I have, send me a comment.

Have a great day – talk to you soon

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom