A few months ago, Weeks Dye Works sent some threads to me to experiment with* After much admiring, I finally got to work with them this month for the latest Colorburst Sampler: **Rows of Rainbows**.
I first used their hand dyed quilting thread in my BERNINA to cover some of the thin lines (see above pictures) and then used their size 8 hand dyed perle cotton for the rest of the stitches (running stitch, couching, and a little back stitch). The pink yarn couched down around the border is a rogue knitting wool from my editor, Melanie.
I'm so curious to see if any of you will use your machines on this sampler or others. The straight stitch makes such a beautiful line! My machine also does a sort of double straight stitch which (surprise!) is twice as thick and twice as nice. You may want to slow your machine's speed down a bit (easy peasy on the BERNINA) when sewing on something so specific. It helped me quite a bit. I also recommend a stiff embroidery stabilizer on the backside to keep your fabric from bunching up. I get mine here. Try a little sample fabric first to get your speed and stitch length adjusted to your liking.
These shipped out yesterday (so did the Stitch of the Month *Cross Stitch* Samplers), complete with Circus and Harvey Milk stamps. The USPS stamp designers are really making me happy these days. Can't wait to see what else is in store!
*this is all in an effort to select threads to send to YOU, dear subscribers. Soon, soon.