We have always loved wool and have carried it in our shop for all of our 39 years. Now we admit that in the early years, it was yardage that we used for garment construction. We still have wool yardage, but it has been felted to use as backgrounds for applique, although it would be a great vest or jacket.
We have a wonderful selection of hand dyed wool. We carry wool from Blackberry Primitives, Primitive Gatherings, Wooly Lady and Mary Flannagan.
Since hand dyed wool is expensive and you usually need small pieces for applique, you will find all kinds of sizes in our shop. We have, of course, fat quarters. That often is too much of a good thing so we have many smaller sizes. You can find our rolls that are approx 7″ x 16″. We then have pieces that are approximately 7″ x 8″. Even those sizes can be too large so we have 5″ charm squares and even 3″ squares. All of these can be individually purchased as well as some pre-packs.
We are often asked for the difference between “wool felt” and “felted wool”. You will find only “felted wool” in our shop. Felted wool starts as a piece of wool fabric and then is washed and dried with heat to cause it to shrink. Wool felt is a felt made with wool fibers, but it was never a piece of fabric. Wool felt is made from compressed fibers, that create the felt. Wool felt is much stiffer than felted wool. Rayon fibers are added to the wool felt to make it somewhat softer. Wool felt is less expensive than felted wool.
Our felted wool has been hand dyed and laundered to make it ready for applique or rug hooking. It is much softer and thicker than wool felt. We are a great source for all those small pieces to add to your wool stash. We even have a package of wool called “Squares and Rectangles” which include small pieces of lots of colors. This is a real value for wool applique.
We love wool and hope you will want to give it a try or enjoy adding to your selection.
We are excited to have coming a 60 color selection of wool thread from Sue Spargo. We love to use wool thread for wool applique. It blends into the wool with a whip stitch so that it is almost invisible. You can then add all the embellishment stitches you would like. The very best news is that these spools will contain 70 yards of thread. The price will allow you to have a great selection of colors and not have to purchase the large spools that have nearly 400 yards and a price to match. This thread won’t be in until late November, but we are already making room and will put it on line when we get it.
One of the most intriguing and often confusing aspects of quilting is the selection of thread. There are so many different weights of thread and there doesn’t seem to be “just plain sewing thread” anymore.
We always tell our customers to buy the best quality thread they can afford for their sewing machine. It makes such a difference in the quality of the stitch as well as how much lint is deposited inside the machine.
Our selection of thread has grown tremendously over the years. We now carry weights of thread from 12 to 100.
The lower the number the thicker the thread. The thicker the thread the more “showy” it will be. Twelve weight thread is the thickest thread that will easily sew in a machine as long as you use a 100 Topstitch needle.
The higher the number the thinner the thread. The less you want your thread to show, the higher the number you will select. Our 100 wt called Invisifil from Wonderfil is such a fine thin thread it is great for quilting if you don’t want your stitches to show. We use it to “stitch-in-the-ditch” to anchor quilts. We use it for applique if we don’t want the thread to be important. Any size needle will work with this thread. We recommend a 70 Microtex for applique because you don’t need the needle to poke a large hole for the thread to pass through.
For decorative stitching we recommend a 12 weight thread using a 100 Topstitch needle. We use a lighter thread in the bobbin and recommend Metrosene 50wt cotton. Metrosene is a thick 50wt thread so it will help hold down the top thread. We always loosen the to tension to “1” for 12 weight thread.
I must brag on our Brother machines as they make the decorative stitching such a breeze. We always have a cheat sheet for our customers for working with heavy threads or metallic threads. With a few hints, we all have had great success with all kinds of threads.
One of the best new notions to come along is the Thread Director. This “gadget” sits on top of the bobbin winder and allows these decorative threads to come off the spool horizontally. This keeps the threads from twisting. We always recommend this for metallic threads, but have also used it for 12 wt threads.
You can see this wonderful tool online at Thread Director. The only thing I have found is that the spool cap end is VERY tight. You will probably need to put a screwdriver in the cap end and twist it so that it will fit easily on the spindle. Other than that, it’s a GREAT tool.
If you want to talk threads, needles or tension, drop by the shop and chat with Kathy….she loves that stuff!
We have had such fun with the Fiberworks patterns by Laura Heine. If you have ever wanted to try fabric collage these are great patterns.
Laura Heine has designed some great patterns to use with her fabric collage techniques. If you love dogs, cats, pigs, horses, old cars, owls or even foxes you will be in luck with her patterns.
Laura gives you the basic techniques and then sets you free to use your own creativity along with your selection of fabrics to cut and fuse your way to a collage work of art.
We did Cora, the common owl, as our model. She is one of the smaller patterns so the project seemed more attainable. If you are unsure of your fabric choices, we have made a kit for Cora with the same fabrics we used in our model. There are good pictures so you can see the fabric placement.
Visit our website at Fiberworks to order the kit for Cora or any of Laura’s other patterns. You will also find a great little book to order with lots more detail about fabric collage than just the pattern.
These are just a few of the Fiberworks patterns we offer online. Be sure and check them out on our Fiberworks Patterns page.
We just finished our August Tuffet Retreat at The Main House in Kerrville, Texas. Creations sponsored this retreat and we had 13 “tuffetiers” as they labeled themselves.
In our retreat there is plenty of time to sew so everyone has the chance to finish their tuffet. We love them all. The fabric choices were so different and each tuffet was so unique. We had two tuffets made from old ties. These gals probably worked longer at home to get those ties ready than they did at the retreat. One tuffet was Australian fabrics made to coordinate with a quilt. There was the vegetable dye fabric that looked like the old bedspreds form the 60’s….love that one being a child of the 60’s.
We had 3 square tuffets made in this class. There was one from the Australian prints, one from the Serape stripes and one using the handwoven ikats. Each was so different and so wonderful.
We are so proud of everyone who attended this retreat and wish them all future tuffet success.
If you want to make a tuffet, you can purchase our kit, pick your fabric and get started. Order the supplies and pattern on our website at Tuffets.
We all worked together to complete the tuffets. It was such fun to see them all coming together. Hope you will want to make one yourself.