Judy Moore Pullen’s Quilt Market Class
Applique and All!
Just when you thought that all forms of quilting have been learned and revisited, yet another tide of applique interest rolls in! We’re lucky at Colonial that we have an applique’ expert on staff. Judy Moore Pullen, a public school teacher for many years, turned her talents to quilting after she retired. Her special love is applique’ and she uses all sorts of fabrics and threads in her work.
Judy Moore Pullen
At the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Judy is presenting two Take & Teach sessions for Colonial Needle. The first is class #308 called Wool Appliqué–Beginning to Advanced taking place Friday May 18th from 8-9:30 AM (before Market opens). The second is the next day (Saturday the 19th, 8-9:30 AM) and is #408 called Hand Applique’-Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Techniques.
Photos from Judy’s recent Wool Applique Class
Judy will educate you in a knowledgeable and gentle manner and answer your questions patiently. She is simply an excellent teacher. When you come to Market, you might as well learn from the best!
Nothing written about Judy is quite complete without a mention of her beloved pup Sable.
Judy’s pup, Sable!
Pepper Cory’s Spring Quilt Market Class
At the upcoming Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Pepper Cory will be talking about taking pride in your work and showing that pride in your store. She chose the common work apron as the canvas for this effort. She’s leading a Take & Teach session for shop owners called “Hand Embroidery for Modern Quilters and Sewists!” that takes place before Quilt Market opens (8-9:30 AM) on Friday May 19.
This apron is a chef’s apron, downloadable free all over the web. It’s super easy to make! This one is lined and features two embroidered pockets. The lower pocket is a sweet little row of flowers stitched in brightly-colored Presencia floss. Click here to see Presencia color options.
Embroidery in Progress!
The embroidery pattern is a heat-transfer from one of the Colonial Pattern Company’s “Stitcher’s Revolution“ series—#SR24 called ‘Flower Power.’ The upper eyeglass pocket is a single posey from the row. Outline Big Stitch quilting over machine stitching completes the embellishment.
Upper Pocket Embroidery Detail
Lower Pocket Embroidery Detail
While both companies are called Colonial something- that’s just serendipity! We, Colonial Needle, are in White Plains, New York while Colonial Pattern is out of Kansas City, Missouri. A link to their website can be found here. The two companies cooperate nicely as they print the patterns while we have the needles and thread to finish them!
The wind was blowing when the pictures were taken but we hope you can see the details!
Pepper Cory modeling her completed Apron
And just in case you need it, a DMC to Presencia conversion chart can be found here!
What do you do when your spool is too big for the spindle?
Thread Travel Hack #1
Advice from Pepper Cory
This is what happens when I travel and must borrow a sewing machine to work while in a motel room. The loaner machine is almost always someone’s vintage Singer Featherweight. It’s a workhorse machine but has only a skinny vertical unmovable spool spindle. Putting a Presencia spool directly on a Featherweight spindle means the spool rattles around the spindle when sewing and can even go flying off!
Note that Presencia, like most machine sewing threads, is wound on tall spools with large holes in the center. The spools are designed for horizontal positioning (laying sideways) on the top of the machine.
Spool Hack Step 1
The solution to the skinny vertical spindle vs the big spool hole is to beef up the spindle thickness. Easy-peasy. Get two drinking straws, one thin and the other slightly thicker. Cut a 4″ piece off both. Slide the skinny straw over the spindle followed by the larger straw. That’s it! Now the spindle is large enough to hold the Presencia spool securely in place. Happy sewing!
Spool Hack Step 2
Spool Hack Step 3
Presencia #40 Weight Sewing Thread
Pepper Cory loves Presenica’s #40 weight thread
If you want an excellent hand quilting thread (strong, color-fast, soft, and non-kinky) consider Presencia #40 weight thread. It comes 500 meters on a spool and in a variety of colors. It also comes in cones for those who need a LOT of thread or are machine quilting.
Presencia Cones on a Rack
I have been using Presencia exclusively for five years and been very happy. Can’t find it locally? Do not despair–you can order as a retail customer straight from the Colonial Needle Company website. The #40 weight 500 meter spools can be found here, and the #40 weight cones can be found here. And don’t forget to pick up your needles while you’re there too. Colonial Needle has all your favorites from John James, to S. Thomas, Richard Hemming, Mary Arden, and so many more!
Colonial Goes Organic
Introducing Colonial Needle’s Newest Family of Products: Organic Cotton Thread
We are happy to announce that we are now carrying GOTS Certified* organic cotton thread! Organic cotton production uses no toxic chemicals. Instead, it employs natural methods, such as beneficial insect releases, to protect crops. By opting for organic cotton, you are choosing a healthier alternative for yourself and your loved ones, as well as contributing to a cleaner, chemical free environment.
Our Organic Cotton thread is 100% Egyptian Extra-Long Staple Cotton and is currently available in 34 colors.
*GOTS Certified: Strict rules of Global Organic Textile Standard are followed throughout the production process.
Beginners Needlepoint Kits by DeElda
Start the school year off right with DeElda
DeElda Kit – A25 School Bus
September 1st means back to school for millions of kids across the country. But how many of them are familiar with the art of needlepoint? Get the child in your life started today with these wonderful beginner kits from DeElda! Choose from over 50 simple designs. Each kit includes a hand-painted canvas on size 10 mesh, Colonial 3-ply Persian wool yarn, two #16 gold tapestry needles (Made in England), a needle threader, and instructions for both Continental and Basketweave stitches. You can pick out your design here and then contact your local needlepoint shop to order!
Custom Hand-Painted Frames
Heirloom Designs helps create beautiful custom frames for your needlepoint canvases
Our friends at Heirloom Designs shared these fantastic painted frames, custom made for two of Kelly Clark’s pieces. We love how well the frames compliment the canvases – it’s hard to tell where the canvas ends and the frame starts.
And the best part? They’re self-finishing which means no more sending canvases out to be framed. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Canvases are available for purchase through your LNS.
And to order a custom frame for your favorite needlepoint canvas, contact Heirloom Designs
KCA39-18 – Country Moonrise with Custom Painted Frame
KCA26-18 – Sheep-Crow Sampler with Custom Painted Frame
Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics with Silver Needle’s Rio de Janeiro Ornament
Silver Needle Rio Ornament – Item #685
Just one week until the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics! Just enough time to stitch our Rio de Janeiro ornament from Silver Needle. Have you picked yours up yet? Contact your LNS to order.
Our Handy Tape II was featured in FabShop News Magazine!
Handy Tape is a self-adhesive measuring tape that is repositionable. The tape has a 12″ repeat and comes in a 25′ roll. It can be purchased at most specialty craft stores or on our website http://colonialneedle.com
Check out the full article in FabShop News Magaze here
Welcoming a New Bundle of Joy this Summer?
You’re in luck!
Credit: Photograph by Joe Coca from the May/June 2016 issue of Interweave’s PieceWork magazine. Copyright © F+W Media 2016
PieceWork Magazine’s May/June 2016 issue includs a pattern for this adorable baby bonnet by Laura Ricketts. The pattern features our very own Presencia Fincrochet Cotton, size 60, in white and can be found at http://www.needleworktraditions.com/
The Presencia Fincrochet Cotton can be purchased at your favorite specialty store or direct through our website http://colonialneedle.com