Posts Tagged ‘Waterlilies’

Hints for stitching with hand dyed threads…

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I’ve had many people ask about the hand dyed threads and how to best use them so I thought I’d just share a few hints with all of you.

Whether you choose subtle colors or dramatic colors, hand dyed threads are a treat to use!

Whether you choose subtle colors or dramatic colors, hand dyed threads are a treat to use!

First and most important, you cannot depend on the hand dyed threads to be color safe so approach all your work with that in mind.  You may well not be able to wash your piece after stitching so keeping it clean is the most important thing you can do to insure a successful project. Even using too much steam in pressing can cause bleeding problems so be sure to press your fabric to remove any fold lines before stitching.

Some thread companies recommend soaking out the excess dye before using the thread. I’ve not done that but if you’re really concerned I suggest you follow their recommendations.

Now don’t decide you will not use hand dyed threads because of bleeding! There are ways to rescue a piece where the threads have bled and it’s a simple process.  The bleeding you may see is merely the excess dye rinsing out of the thread. Not a problem unless you allow the piece to dry before taking care of it. The most important thing you can do is catch the problem before the piece dries and the dye sets, so before the piece has the opportunity to dry out, immerse it in ice cold water and soak out any of the bleeding color. Change the water and add more ice a couple of times per day as needed until the excess color has soaked away. This treatment will not damage the piece so long as all the materials are cold water safe as most of the materials we stitch with are.

Once the bleeding has been soaked away wrap the piece in a thick towel and let it set for an hour to allow the towel to absorb some of the moisture.  Check again to be sure color is not showing on the fabric where dye might have bled. If you have more color soak again and repeat the process. When the color is controlled, lay the piece face down on a thick pad (I use a double terry towel) and press it dry. You may have to change the pad a couple of times before you can get the piece dry but pressing this way will remove any wrinkles from the fabric and allow the stitches to raise above it nicely. Do not press over the stitches on the right side of the piece as that will flatten them.

If you don’t have a problem with bleeding you’re ready to press your piece after completion and before adding embellishments. If you bring your pieces here for framing you don’t have to worry about pressing, we’ll do that for you. If you frame yourself or take it somewhere else for framing be sure to press before hand. Lay the piece face down on the pad and press until you’ve pressed out the wrinkles in the fabric. Take real care with steam as it can cause the threads to bleed. If you’re taking your piece to a frame shop be sure they know that you’ve used hand dyed threads with the potential to bleed in case they decide to steam the piece.

Now that we’ve gotten the problems with hand dyed threads taken care of let’s talk about the fun of these great threads. The effects you can achieve with them are exciting. If you complete each cross stitch as you go (English method of cross stitch) you will see fun striping in the larger areas. Subtle color changes will create subtle stripes and distinct color changes will create distinct stripes. Stitching cross stitch with the first half across a line and the second half back (Danish method of cross stitch) will create a more mottled effect. Other stitches give other interesting effects, give them a try and see what you can create with this fun thread.

See how the colors change in the words and the carrot? This is an example of the English method of Cross Stitch

See how the colors change in the words and the carrot? This is an example of the English method of Cross Stitch

The hand dyed thread companies we stock are Caron Collection, Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art, Rainbow Gallery, ThreadworX, DMC, and Soy Lustre. Also available by special order are Dinky Dyes, Crescent Colours, and Gloriana.

Still have a question? Just give us a call at 866-862-2239 and we’ll share our love of this exciting thread!

Let me tell you about…

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Last July I showed you the colors I chose for the Tree of Life pattern from Abi Gurden of Stitch Specialists Yahoo Group. I haven’t had as much time as I would like to stitch on this but I hope you enjoy seeing what’s happening on this fun piece. The theme I chose was to move through the seasons as you move around the tree starting in the lower left part with Winter and moving up into Spring, Summer, and then around to Fall. The color I chose for Winter doesn’t show up in the photo but does show up well on the piece. I really like the way the Fall color is stitching up. I’ll put in another couple of sections in the Winter color and then begin Spring. All my threads are Waterlilies from Caron Collection and the fabric is Weeks Dye Works hand-dyed 30ct fabric.  I’m loving stitching with these!

Just a start.

Just a start.

Did you know that you can see what’s new for leaflets each week by logging on to Hoffman Distributing and signing on to their Friday Update? Just click here and then click on E-Newsletter on the left side of the page to sign up. There is no advantage to marking that you’re a shop! Each Friday you’ll receive notice that they’ve posted the Update and you can go there to see what’s new that week.

While you’re on the site take a look at the “Friday Feature” where they interview designers about how they go about creating their work. These interviews are interesting, helping you connect to your favorite designer.

Until next time!

Pat

August Newsletter

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Lots and lots of things to talk about this month. First, we have the Customer Gallery winners!

First Place Winner

First Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Second Place Winner

Third Place Winner

Third Place Winner

You know, I think we were all winners getting to see the wonderful pieces. If you have a piece here you might want to come pick it up and pick up your winnings and your discount coupons for entering. Thanks to all who entered and to all who voted! Get your pieces in the works for next year’s Customer Gallery.

Don’t forget the Lizzie*Kate Trunk Show is still here through the 20th of August. You can see all the goodies that came with the show by clicking here and you can see all the Lizzie*Kate products in stock by clicking  here. Nothing beats seeing the models in person so if you’re close enough, come take a look! The next automatic is scheduled to ship on Monday so we may well have those new designs here before the end of the show. This shipment will include the long awaited 6 Fat Men series and the 2011 Tiny Tidings! You can keep up with all the Lizzie*Kate doings by following their blog.

Here's a sneak peek!

Here's a sneak peek!

Lots of fun things going on in the next few months. Tracey and I are participating in Celebration of Needlework in St. Charles, Missouri in September. You can see the information about this fun consumer show at Celebration of Needlework. Still plenty of time to register. Do you remember the Spirit of Cross Stitch events? This is the same type of event! Tracey is teaching a class on Peyote Stitch so if you’ve wanted to get started with that technique this is the perfect time to begin. She’s also bringing her Threaded Needle Designs Trunk Show so come participate in this great stitcher’s event.

Of course Needlework Hideaway is just a few months away, we’re counting the days now! The classes are up on the website so visit Needlework Hideaway to see them. We have two new teachers this time and are excited to add them to your choices. Ruby Bailey will teach a beautiful beaded bracelet and Libby Roleson will teach a Kumihimo Bracelet and a Basic Earring class. We’ve set our 2012 schedule and will have contracts with the Red Apple Inn soon.

We are changing the days and hours at the shop beginning the week of August 22nd. I’m off to ANG National Seminar in San Antonio, TX and Mr. D is keeping the shop open for you on Thurs., Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. These hours will be in effect until further notice but remember that we’ll open up for you when you need to come with just a phone call or email to make arrangements for that. Mail order will be handled just as always so your orders will go out as usual.

We’ve added a new Thread of the Month Club that came to us as a suggestion from a customer. Each month I’ll chose an overdyed thread and add a variety of threads to complement it to create a collection that can go directly into a project! We’ll choose from across the lines of threads we carry so you may get a collection based on Waterlilies or on ThreadworX or on Overture that may include Kreinik, Rainbow Gallery, Caron Collection, DMC, Bella Lusso, Accentuate, Trebizond, Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art… you get the idea, if the threads work together you’ll get them! We’re looking forward to this Collection so sign up today! Here’s where you can see them.

I can hardly wait until we actually get to Seminar as I’ve been stitching the ANG Stitch of the Month a little ahead at the request of the Board and am all finished but can’t show you until they are shown at Seminar. All the Area Representatives are working on these so the excitement is building to see them finished. Mr. D is framing mine next week and I’m going to take a photo so that I can post it here as soon as we get the go ahead!!

Keep cool and keep stitching,

Pat

Tree of Stitches

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

I’m starting a new project! Isn’t it fun to do all the start-up activities? Get the chart, choose the fabrics, pick threads and plan how you’re going to start?

This project is called Tree of Stitches and is a stitch along with the group I just told you about, the Stitch Specialists. I’ve chosen my threads and fabric and have decided to share the journey on the Blog so watch for posts as I work along on this. The beginning might be a bit slow as I’m working on a commitment I made to ANG to complete a piece before Seminar and Yikes! Seminar is the end of August and August is the end of next week… Can’t show you that piece until after Seminar (it’s a stitch along with ANG) but it is awesome and I’m totally enjoying stitching it.

Here is the start of a new project…

Fabric and threads for Tree of Stitches

Fabric and threads for Tree of Stitches

The threads are Waterlilies and represent (from left to right) Winter, Autumn, Summer, Spring, and the tree trunk. The fabric is Weeks Dye Works Hand Dyed Linen 30ct Morris Blue.

Hope you’ll enjoy following along.

Pat

Good News…

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Just got word that Stitcher’s Workshop is the featured shop on the Caron Collection website. Take a look here. 

We carry the full line of most of the Caron Threads, Watercolours, Wildflowers, Waterlilies, Impressions both overdye and solids, Soie Crystale, and Snow.

Watercolours

Watercolours