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Blazer Poplin ~ aka Trigger fabric

Stitchers often ask me what fabric is used for Brazilian Embroidery.  Unlike the ‘even weave’ fabrics necessary for  Counted stitching – Trigger fabric is used most often for Brazilian Dimensional embroidery.  Many other fabrics are suitable,  designers prefer Trigger.  You may also find it referred to as Blazer Poplin, it has a tight weave with a nice weight for the stitches used in Brazilian Embroidery for example,  bullions and cast-ons.

If you are doing a special project use the fabric appropriate –  albums, totes, wedding accessories or apparel.  For general Brazilian Embroidery stitching, Blazer Poplin ( aka- Trigger ) is used.

If you have questions about fabric, Brazilian Dimensional embroidery patterns, EdMar thread, Milliner needles or other BE supplies – drop me a comment.  You will find the Trigger fabric and all other Brazilian Embroidery supplies on my website    www.ThreadsinBloom.com

Thank you ~ Sharon

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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

Zippered Mesh Bags – more sizes

Zippered Mesh Bags

The four sizes of Zippered Mesh bags I carry have been so over whelmingly popular, I decided to add two more sizes to my inventory.  X-large is 13″ X 10″;  the Jumbo size is  16″ X 13″

I have found many uses for the larger bags.  One thing is, I do not have to fold my project.  It can lay flat inside the bag, protected.  The other day, my son was doing some errands for me; Post office, bank and a couple returns.  I put everything in the Jumbo bag.  Nothing was forgotten or lost.   He returned it to me with stamps, receipts, etc. in the bag.   My Niece likes the larger sizes for her Scrap book and card making supplies.

Visit my website for the two larger size zippered Mesh Bags and to purchase more of the small – large size for all those other uses you have discovered.      http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

Now to the Bohin needles ~  they are going, going, almost gone.  It was a one time opportunity that I had to purchase a quanitity of the Bohin Milliner needles  for my customers.

I only have 5-6 packages of the Bohin Milliner needles left and less of the Tapestry and Chenille.    Get yours before they are gone.

Shop the website to purchase your Mesh bags, Bohin needles and new Brazilian Dimensional embroidery and Stumpwork design.  Don’t forget the EdMar thread and Trigger fabric.

http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

Thank you for shopping with Threads in Bloom ~ stop by again soon


Bohin Milliner Needles

It has taken me over 6 months to find a supplier for Bohin Milliner needles in the US to offer these superior quality needles to you.   I am persistant when I want something….

Bohin is well-known for producing quality needlework supplies, and their needles are no exception. Favored by many expert needleworkers, Bohin needles are smooth, sharp, and long-lasting. The needles are not always easy to find in the US ( especially the Milliner needles ).  We are pleased to offer a small selection of these fine needles for your stitching needs. Supplies are limited, though, so order yours now!    Milliners,  Tapestry and Chenille in assorted size packages.

Bohin needles

Milliner needles for Brazilian Dimensional embroidery with EdMar rayon thread can be used with other type threads and embroidery.

Tapestry and Chenille needles for Cross Stitch, Hardanger, Bargello, Canvas work, Huck or Silk Ribbon embroidery

It is a pleasure to offer you this high quality brand of needles for your needleart.

Available at:    http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

Stitching keeps our souls content,

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom

Getting organized

Time to get another project organized, ready to stitch.  I am almost finished with my newest Brazilian Dimensional embroidery design, my Huck embroidery bookmarks are caught up for awhile;  I am working on a Cross Stitch Christmas ornament.  Next to assemble is a Tea Towel with a Fall design embroidered with just easy simple embroidery.  You know, the kind you first learned as a child.  It is nice to have different types of needle work going at the same time.  If I don’t feel like doing the Cross Stitch I can work on the Brazilian embroidery or easy little tea towel designs.

To get each project organized I use the Mesh Project bags.  They are so much nicer and more durable than a thin zip lock bag.   The mesh project bags have a fiber in the clear plastic for durability, yet easy to see into.  I like one for each project.  I put the design, thread for that project, hoop, needles and scissors.  Everything I need – I can just pick up the Mesh project bag of choice;  all I need is there, no hunting for the hoop or the right needles, a pair of scissors.

Mesh project bag

The Mesh bags are available in several sizes for smaller or larger projects.    http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

I did get the design traced onto my tea towel last night.  Tonight I want to get the floss gathered.  I am using Gentle Art’s Simply Shaker floss.  I like the slightly shaded colors.  I am going to try to start stitching it tonight too.   My goal is to get my work done early in the evening, then I can watch TV for an hour or so and stitch.  So that is what I am off to do – get my next project organized.

Stitching keeps our souls 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

EdMar rayon thread

EdMar rayon thread is primarily made and mostly used for Brazilian Embroidery,  aka:  Dimensional Embroidery, because much of the stitching stands high above the surface of the fabric, rather than Surface Embroidery.  EdMar thread can also be used for many other needle arts such as:  Huck,  Cross Stitch, canvas, Punch needle and Embroidery on paper.

EdMar rayon twisted thread, is a ‘Z” twist.  Most threads are an ‘S’ twist.   What is the difference, and what difference does it make with your stitching ?

Take a close look and compare.   You will see the thread twist go from right to left on the ‘Z’  twist;  and from left to right on the ‘S’ twist.   You may be able to see the angle of the twist in the Stitching sample below..

When it comes to stitching, it does make a difference.  For example, a Stem stitch.  You must keep the working thread above the stitching line for that nice rope effect.  If you have it below, the thread will untwist, leaving an unattractive appearance.

The top row is correct.  See the nice ropey look it has.  The lower one is wrong –  just lays there like a dead stem.    In regular Surface embroidery, the will refer to the Brazilian Embroidery Stem stitch as an Outline stitch.   Notice where the position and where the needle and thread lay, above the stitching.  Yes, that is a Gold Milliner Needle, size #1.  They are available on my website.

Stem stitch

Making Bullions is the same –  you MUST wrap the thread around the needle  clockwise or it will untwist the thread – NOT a pretty Bullion.

About the different weights or sizes of thread.   Some thread such as Pearl cottons refer to the size by numbers;  3, 5, 8, etc.  EdMar has given its thread pretty names;   Gloria, Frost, Iris, Lola, Cire, Nova and Boucle.  Boucle is a knobby or bumpy thread.  Glory is the smallest and Nova is the heavy thread.  Each weight has it’s purpose, but are still interchangeable, allowing for size difference.  Lola and Frost have a tight twist.  Iris, Glory and Nova have a loose twist.   I like to use Iris for leaves.  The side by side stitches snuggle together.  With Lola or Frost you would see each strand separately.  It is just a personal preference.  Cire has a very loose twist and Boucle is bumpy.

Threads in Bloom carries all the colors  ( over 200 solid, shaded, varigated ) in Glory, Iris and Lola.   Frost, Cire, Nova and Boucle are stocked in the most popular colors.     www.ThreadsinBloom.com

Next time we will talk about Milliner needles.  Why we use Milliner  ( aka: straw needles ) and why we use different size Milliner needles.

Time to get back to juicing and making Alcante Bouchet jelly.  Alcante Bouchet is a wine grape – deep purple juice.  We have one vine, I make jelly.  It is nice to give for Christmas.  My friends love to get it.  It makes a lovely sauce  for Pork Tenderloin.

I look forward to you comments, questions and chatting.

Stitching keeps our souls content ~ Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom * Modesto, CA