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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Embellishing With Thread

I only wish I could claim this project as is not.  This is Jean's project and she is a friend and guild member.  She loves thread, quite possibly more than I do.  Jean came over on Sunday afternoon to look at some thread for her wall hanging below.  This is her original design, isn't it cool? 

She is couching some Dazzle (WonderFil Threads) around these feathers.  But....she doesn't just choose one thread....nope....Jean is excellent at choosing a variety of threads to work into her designs.

Look at the Razzle Dazzle (Superior Threads)* she has used to outline some of these feathers.
I had loaned Jean some of my threads and look at the sampler she made
 before putting the thread into her design.  I think this is a great idea and I'm going to take some time to do the same for myself.  I like the way Jean has tested them and then written down the weight and brand.  I know it will be time consuming....but I know for myself that there are plenty of times I'm brain dead and don't feel like doing much....but this I could do.

While I'm on the subject of may or may not have noticed that I have added another brand of thread to the IHAN shop....WonderFil Threads.  Why?  As with everything...there is a story.  It involves a panicked woman and a great person, Patsy Thompson.  I was panicked when I was attempting to quilt "Passing the Sacred Orb" so I e-mailed Patsy begging for suggestions (thank God she likes me :)  I did not want the quilting to stand out because I did not want it to interfere with the fabrics designs.  I know, I know...use invisible thread.  Been there, done that.  Every invisible thread I used had a shine to it and looked misplaced on the matte fabrics.

Patsy to the rescue....she said she has used Invisifil by Wonderfil Threads.  To make along story is wonderful for quilting (I also use it for hand applique).  The Invisifil is so fine that it lays quietly on the fabric.

IHAN now carries the Invisifil ...great assortments too.

Check out how fine it is.....

This is Invisifil, right,  next to 50 wt cotton, left.  Doesn't the cotton look like rope next to the Invisifil

Thank you Patsy for introducing me to another great product!  You can regularly check to see what has been added to IHAN by clicking on the New Items tab on the IHAN website.


  1. Hmmmm, have you shipped my order of thread yet....I might want to change that and get some invisifil!! Nice!
    Just kidding, though, about the change!
    Jacque in SC

  2. I heard about the invisifil on a message board the other day. I'm itching to try it.

    I need to meet your friend and learn about thread...

  3. Question? Does it fray while quilting? alot of times threads start to fray and then break? I enjoyed this post and am so eager to learn about threads but never know where to start?

  4. I want to try some machine embellishing, love the look and fun to work on bright and cheerful quilts too. Love your new pups, what a handful, lol.


  5. That is a really fine diameter thread!

  6. I have heard of Invisifil thread, but not seen it yet. Thanks! It looks a lot like silk thread as compared to that 50 wt cotton thread strand. Wow!

    Patsy Thompson is really wonderful, isn't she?

  7. If the thread is fraying while sewing or quilting, you may have to change the type of needle and/or tension. I have just started really working with these "wonder threads" and it adds so much pizzazz and interest to projects. I am now beginning to collect threads like I did fat quarters ten years ago!!

  8. Wow! You certainly went to the expert, Patsy Thompson does such fabulous quilting. Can't wait to see the project when it's finished!

  9. Couching? Is it what I think it is because it looks like the technique I need to finish my DQS10. Is it laying down some sort of thread and stitching it in place? I tried to look it up on the internet. Thanks

  10. Hi Kelly,

    Wow! Thanks for the nice write up on your blog!



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