Draw a house shape on a piece of paper and use it as a template. Iron fusible webbing on the back of a colored fabric and trace and cut the house. Iron to a piece of solid color fabric. In this case, I used white fabric.
Following the first step of my TRAPUNTO technique published in Quilting Arts magazine Dec13/Jan14, prepare the first layer. Choose your thread, in this case I chose 12w Aurifil in a monochromatic color.
For the focal point I chose a combination of my *practice designs* and changed the color thread to add interest. I did not draw the shapes on my final piece only a straight line on the roof where I wrote with dark brown 12w thread the words "my house".
After finishing sewing the design by machine, I decided where to place my *toppings* (that's what I called the hand-embroidery or beading details). In this case, I decided to use only thread, so with the same 12w thread I started to do hand embroidery.
Following the instructions of the article, prepare the final layers.
Load your sewing machine with 28w thread on top and stitch the background. I chose a variegated color to give the viewer a surprise element once they get closer to the quilt. Finished the border with a zigzag stitch.
I hope you will try this technique adding texture to your work with trapunto combined with thick 12w and 28w thread.