Archive for the ‘Frost’ Category

Thread stretchers

Can’t do without tool !  A few nights ago when I was stitching with EdMar Frost thread, I didn’t have my trusty little Thread Stretchers in the Mesh Project Bag I was working from, so I used my fingers to wrap the thread around, like you would dental floss, to give it a little stretch.  Well, the next day at work, I found I had a cut on my finger from the thread. Such a little cut, but it was bothersome and could have been avoided had I used the Thread Stretchers.  Not wanting to waste a minute of my stitching time to find the Thread Stretchers in another Mesh Project Bag, now I have a set of the Thread Stretchers in each of the Mesh Bags that I will be using either Lola or Frost thread.  The other weights do not seem to need this bit of stretching.

Thread Stretchers

Thread Stretchers

For several years I tried to avoid Frost thread.  Although I do like the weight as far as the appearance of the flowers and stems, it was the weight most likely to twist and kink, since it already has a tight twist.  Now, with the assistance of the Thread Stretchers, I look forward to using EdMarFrost thread, instead of avoiding it.  What a difference this little gadget makes.  And it definitely saves the fingers; or if you have arthritis in your hands as many of us do, the Thread Stretcher is helpful.  Thread Stretchers are a must have tool.

http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

HINT ~ Use a Dryer softner sheet to swipe your needles.  It makes a good cleaner for needles.  Keep one in with your stitching supplies.

Mesh bag

Mesh Project Bags - available in 6 sizes

Need Mesh project bags to organize your projects.  Mesh webbing is laminated into a clear vinyl, making these zippered bags very durable, yet easy to see what is inside.   Use them to organize and carry any items and projects you can imagine.  Use them over and over and over………

They are available in 6 sizes, reasonable prices.

http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

Til next time ~ Sharon

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Kalmya Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

Kalmya – a new Brazilian embroidery design by Threads in Bloom.   I thought maybe you would like to see the step by step stitching.  It is a small design, about 3″ X 4″, so it worked up in just a few evenings

After completing the greenery with EdMar Iris thread, next was the outside of each petal.  It uses EdMar rayon Frost thread, the stitch I used is Cast-on Double.Below shows the  inside of each petal, also Cast-on Double stitch, this time with EdMar Glory thread.

And, here we have the completed Kalmya design.  Glass beads were fun and add a little sparkle to the center of each petal and bud. I did a row of the beads around the edge of the center.  The beads seem to make the petals really pop out, bringing more dimension to the design.

All of the stitch and flower instructions are in the book “Apples to Zinnias” Brazilian Dimensional.  The instructions in the book are for only three petals per flower.  When I did a some researching for the Kalmia flower, they do have 5 petals – therefore I varied from the instructions to stitch 5 petals, along with a couple other changes.   My changes are in the instructions with the fabric  printed design in the design package, and the beads.

You can find the Kalmya package, EdMar rayon thread and book at:   http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

It has been so nice being on vacation for two weeks, it went by fast.  I did get to spend time stitching and sewing.  A friend and I even got away to Monterey for a day.  It was beautiful – the waves were high and crashing on the rocks.   Tomorrow is time to get back to my job, which I really do enjoy, except it takes me away from stitching as many hours as I would like; but you know that feeling.    Tonight I want to start a Blackwork project and I have another Threads in Bloom Brazilian embroidery design ready to begin stitching.  It will have a special little surprise on it.

A friend at Nordic Needle sent me a quote a few days ago from Franklin D. Roosevelt, I would like to share it with you ~

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money;

it lies in the joy of achievement,

in the thrill of  creative effort.

It has been nice visiting with you,

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