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.
When you visit the shop you expect to find lots of great fabrics and notions, but it’s always the unexpected that makes a trip to Creations fun.
Tucked behind one of our displays you will find our Shannon Martin cards. Whenever we hear laughter coming from this part of the shop we know someone is enjoying the cards.
Although the birthday cards are the majority of our selection, we also have great cards for retirement, sympathy, and encouragement.
Next time you are in the shop, hope you will enjoy a cup of coffee and take time to look at these cards. If a visit is not possible in the near future, or you just need a few minutes break, we have over 70 cards online. You can see them at Shannon Martin Greeting cards.
The “Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” is one of our favorites. We have included a few other favorites so that you can get a feel for these cards. The pictures on the cards remind us of family members…know you will see some of your relatives too.
Each of these cards has great captions with great pictures. Know you will love to see them all.