Before I show you this week’s “technique du jour”, here is the finished thread-painting from last Sunday.
I had some orphan pieces from several quilts that I used for the background and I stitched several leaf shapes to go with the flowers. Some of the green is really darker than the photo shows – sunshine isn’t always kind to the colors!
And now . . . . . Machine Couching.
Oh my, that was a lot of fun! I experimented with several kinds of yarn and trim, and I tried several of my sewing machine attachments as well.
I have a couple that are designed specifically for attaching novelty threads, but oddly enough I found the most useful foot was my rolled hem foot! I was surprised!
For those who are interested in the what and wherefore:
Starting in lower right hand corner --
- straight stitch using a heavy rayon thread (no label!)
- decorative stitch (tulips) using the same rayon thread
- straight stitch anchoring two knitting yarns which crossed every 4 or 5 stitches. Yarns are “Sitar” from Nashua, and “High Sierra Stripe” from I Love This Yarn!
- Repeat of row 1
- “Sitar” zigzagged with the rayon thread from 1
- a novelty yarn couched with zigzag stitch. It’s left over from an old knitting project and there’s no label. Sorry.
- Number 6 yarn doubled and twisted in the hemstitch foot
- Wire, 26 gauge
- “Razzle Dazzle” thread stitched using a blind stitch, then a silver elastic cord laid along using same stitch mirrored
- “Julia” from Universal Yarn
- Same. It’s variegated so you see different colors
- upholstery gimp trim
- “Monaco” from Sensations
- “Sitar” stitched using the free motion couching foot
- flower trim, stitched with 5 or 6 zigzags on the narrow parts
- ribbon braid using the free motion couching foot
- the heart - “Papier” from Universal Yarn
Also, rows 1 through 14 were stitched using my circular attachment. You didn’t think I could make nice arcs on my own, did you?!
Well, that was certainly interesting! I tried several other yarns that did NOT work very well, but I certainly have a feel for what can be done with couched fibers. There’s certainly lots of potential there.
Next weekend I am going to be at a quilt retreat, so there will not be a Sunday technique, but come back the following Sunday to see what is next. I’ve peeked ahead and it will really be a fun one!
But now, I have to go clean up the mess I made with all those yarns and threads! Aaargh!