Can You Make a Piece of White Fabric *sing* With Thick 12 and 24 Weight Threads?

The answer is yes, if you use good quality thread! I used Aurifil 12 and 24 weight in this piece for machine and hand embroidery.
If you have been reading my blog you must know by now how much I like texture in my quilts. I try to obtain it in many different ways. For this *quiltlet* I chose to add texture with thread.

For that, I picked 4 different spools of 12 weight thread in shades of pink (colors I don't usually pick) for the flowers, 3 different spools of 24 weight thread in neutral colors for the background and a slippery white silk/cotton fabric.

To add even more texture, I did a trapunto technique for the heart.

After I loaded my sewing machine with a 12 weight thread and a new needle (100/16 sewing machine needle for home sewing machine or 20 needle for a mid-arm/longarm machine), I started to draw-sew the design.

Once finished, I did hand embroidery using the same thread.
When I was happy with the added details, I took the *quiltlet* again to the sewing machine and loaded it with 24 weight thread this time.

I chose the classic meandering stitch and sew with the three different spools of neutral color threads to add interest to the background. It's more fun than just one color.

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The finished heart!
The monochromatic color of the flowers stand out with the splashes of color achieved from the different threads in the background. A surprise for the viewer!
I hope this gives you an idea on what to do with a simple piece of white fabric.


14 comments:

  1. I used the 12wt Sullky and 28wt Aurifil threads and love them both. I'll have to give the 12wt Autifil a try next time. Love the piece you did!

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    1. Thank you Robbie. I think you will like Aurifil 12wt thread; you can even match the same color in 28wt and sew with both in the same piece :)

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  2. Hi Margarita,
    Sorry I have been absent from your blog but here I am again! I have missed visiting here so much because you ALWAYS make AMAZING work! I love this piece. How do you get the heart to look dimensional? Love that effect ....makes it POP from the fabric.
    Love the apples too that you previously made.
    Hugs

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    1. Hello Norma,
      It is nice to hear from you. Thank you for the nice comments.

      For the heart to look dimensional I did my trapunto technique. I wrote an article about it which will be publish in *Quilting Arts magazine* in the December/January issue. I hope you will give it a try :)

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  3. Hi again Margarita,
    Oh, now I can't wait to get that issue! Thanks for letting me know. I will give it a try. :)
    Hugs

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    1. Just let me know if you have any questions Norma.

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  4. Thanks for describing your technique! I have wanted to try thread work on a plain background.

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    1. I hope you try it Sylvia. let me know if you have any questions.

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  5. So beautiful....... I love this. Thanks for sharing.
    Love from Amsterdam.

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  6. Love your quiting - and the hearts

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  7. I love quilting with heavier threads so that my quilting is the overall design! I haven't tried the Aurafil threads yet; I'll have to see about getting some.

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    1. Amy, I'm glad you also like to quilt with heavier threads :)

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