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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Silk ribbon flowers and UFO

Whilst cleaning up my sewing room I discovered some of my UFO's ......




I wonder what else I might discover.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday class.................

Rosemary's salad was enormous - she did manage to eat it though!!!!


Rosemary has the most delightful collection of fabrics - this very, very special label from a famous hotel in Zimbabwe...............

 
Debs is enjoying the stitch of the month.
 
 
Bettye does enjoy a sequin or two.
 

As usual, Gail did something quite different..................

 
AND - Valerie attached the one side of her "crazied" panel to her sewing bag!!!! Well done!!!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Always a good sign...............

Seeing the my seams stitched down (with herringbone stitch) means one of my crazy projects is completed! Yay.......


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday morning class..............

Gal combined sequins and fishbone stitch - very effective....

 
Gal's colour choice for loop stitch is perfect................


I taught Palistrina stitch and a chain stitch variation - we added beads.
Gail took hers a little further and combined all three !!


Chain stitch variation with and without beads.


Debs is in the process of making possibly the prettiest Christmas stocking ever made!!


More of Deb"s work


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Needles.......................

The question regarding needles often raises its head during my classes.
I also see many of you looking through "hundreds" of needles, trying to find the "right" one.

I use only two types of needles - Chenille #22 and Milliners #3 - #9 - and very occasionally a beading needle.

When using silk ribbon, twisted silk, rayon and metallic threads a Chenille #22 works perfectly.
The big eye allows for easy threading, combatting the problem of the "untwisting" which results in knotting of the thread.
The thicker needle creates a generous hole in the layers of fabric, allowing the delicate threads to pass though the fabric with out too much friction - which, in turn, lessens the damage of the thread.
Don't forget to pull your Metallic threads through "thread heaven" to settle those prickly fibres.

 
I use milliners needles for the remaining threads - including beading - I find that the #9 needles goes through most beads, I do, however, keep beading needles on hand for those tiny, tiny beads.
 
So to recap, you need a packet of Chenille #22 and Milliners assorted (#3 -#9)
 
Bohin is my preferred brand of needles.
 
The Patchwork Angel has all the above in stock.