|From “A Wrinkle In Time” Feb 2, 2012|
|“Tulip in the Works”|
|Bloom is 9.5″ wide by 8.25″ tall|
And I deliberately chose to only add beads to the bottom ‘snowy-frosty flowers’ on this piece. The top ones are more indicative of snow falling, where the bottom is well, just creative in how you want to look at it.
YLI Fusions. It’s a size 24/3 ply thread meaning it is THICK, top stitching type of thread. It requires a size 100 needle… and perhaps even 110, depending on the application, machine, fabric. I had a tough time getting to come off the spool smoothly, and needed to use a separate thread stand, as the thread ‘stuck’ from the wooden roughness on the cone, as you can see here:
And just a hint on the tulip ‘peeking from the binding-right hand side:
Otherwise, on all my other thread applications, I used exclusively, Superior Thread’s “Rainbows” in solid and variegated polyester, a 40 weight thread. Masterpiece in white (most often) was in my bobbin, and I used their newer, 3 ply that I recently ordered. Love it! Oh, I used King Tut in white to outline the word, ‘bloom.’
Figuring out what to do with the open ‘blank space’ that was open to the left of the tulips was a bit of a challenge. What to do? And then suddenly, this past Tuesday evening, the idea of the word ‘bloom’ came. And I wanted to do a different style of what I will call ‘word quilting.’ This style excited me, and it was also a good practice point for me—attempting such heavy stitchery on a delicate papery-fabric surface, and it’s quite easy to pierce it in such a way that it makes a hole & tears away. I was thankful this did not happen! And… the best part of all? IT WAS FUN!
I am considering whether I should enter this piece in the Quilting Arts Reader Challenge? Maybe you should consider one of your pieces, too!
Whether or not you do – I hope you have some fun today!
Thank you for stoppin’ in!
I love your "bloom" piece! Yes – enter it into the QA challenge!
Definitely! You should enter this piece. It is truely lovely. Good to read your thoughts on the new 3 ply masterpiece thread. I purchased some but I'm making myself use rhe remaining 2 ply on hand.
I love hearing your thought/creative process. Yes, enter it!
Oh Bravo Senora, brillantly beautiful, snow, frost, tulips, beads, Superior Threads, and your "bloom", pretty free motion stitching, yes, yes, yes enter it! FINITO! Yes it means finish, completed, done, accomplished. You are a Finto girl!!
Your work is very beautiful. I love using variegated threads.
So pretty. Gorgeous. Love it. You should enter the contest! I say 'finito' a lot and didn't really know if it was real, so when you said that I decided to actually look it up. It actually is the Italian word for finished! lol
I absolutely LOVE how it came out!!!! Enter it!!!!!!
Enter away, Les. This is an amazing piece. Can something be complexly simple??? I can make up words too! Beautifully done.
Really turned out so pretty – thanks for sharing your process and materials/thread selection.
Leslie, the piece is so beautiful and sumptuous! It's really nice how much detail you go into about your threads too.
Do you have a good thimble and have you heard of finger cots? They are the best for pulling your needle through a tough fabric. I showed them in one of my posts last month but I can't remember which. I'll find a picture if you've not heard of them. I can't hand sew without them.
It's gorgeous, Leslie! Love it! When I "grow up", I want to be just like you! 😉 😉
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