Archive for the ‘Lola’ Category

Miss Tia Potts

Introducing  the star of the season, Miss Tia Potts.  Everyone will be talking about her with the Swarovski crystal jewels, her stylish silk and Japan red around her middle.  Look at those lovely bright flowers to cheer the season. You really must stitch Miss Tia Potts, she is the socialite of the year.

Miss Tia Potts

Miss Tia Potts

Miss Tia Potts design package does include the Swarovski crystals, Kreinik Serica silk and Kreinik Japan red thread.  Stitch and flower instructions are found in Art of Dimensional Embroidery, by Maria Frietas;  additional instructions are included in the package with the fabric print design.
Design size is approx   5″ X 5″
EdMar thread used –  order separately:   Lola #101, 220, 400, 106 & 153;   Iris #101, 114 and #50;  Glory #101, 50, 210, 114 & 210.    Additional needs:
Assorted size Milliner needles, hoop, embroidery scissors and glue.
Miss Tia Potts  design 2220
Come visit the web shop  www.ThreadsinBloom.com
or click on Miss Tia Potts picture.
Sharon
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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.

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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.

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Til next time ~ Sharon

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

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