Category: General Stitching

Roxanne’s Glue Baste-IT

Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It

New 2-way Applicator

Stick With Me Baby!

New Glue Baste-It Applicator

As if Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It can get any better! At last Spring’s wholesale Quilt Market, Colonial Needle unleashed yet another new applicator for their superb quality Roxanne product, Glue Baste-It. The go-to glue for many crafters, Glue Baste-It is especially appropriate for use with fabrics. The glue is water-soluble but holds firmly until you wash it. It’s ph neutral so it won’t change the color of your fabric. Best of all, it dries clear in a couple of minutes.

Now, the new 2-way applicator bottle gives crafters several application choices. Need tiny little dots of glue? Use the small tip and dot-dot-dot. If you need a wider swath of glue, turn the bottle over and smear with the wide tip. And if you need a narrow but constant line, turn the wide tip on its edge and apply gentle but steady pressure.

This little bottle does it all. From holding down appliques to temporarily setting in zippers, Glue Baste-It is simply the best.

A Little Something Book

Roseann Meehan Kermes’ new book, ‘A Little Something’

Roseann Meehan Kermes, owner of Rosebud’s Cottage and also the author of the best-selling new book called A Little Something, Cute-as-Can-Be Patterns for Wool Stitchery is a fervent fan of Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It. She uses it for her wool applique projects and has bottles everywhere in her studio. She sent this picture to prove it!

Roseann's Studio Supplies

Roseann’s Studio Supplies

To pick up your bottle of Roxanne Glue Baste-It’s new two-way applicator click here. Or, visit our website to check out the rest of the Roxanne family of products.

Big Stitch Quilting

Big Stitch Quilting

Thoughts on Big Stitch Quilting from Pepper Cory

Many times I hand sew because I find the rhythm of handling the needle—in, out, back down, in, out while gathering stitches— very therapeutic. The action requires total focus but my hands know more what to do than my brain. After a short while, the work happens without effort. I find myself stitching and my mind wandering. Call it a ‘mental vacation with a needle.’

Big Stitch Quilting

Pepper Cory with her Big Stitch Quilt

This summer I pieced and Big Stitch quilted a small, simple quilt. After five days of work, it was done and I felt a sense of accomplishment and peace. The small quilt is coming with me to the upcoming Houston Quilt Market.  If you’re attending, please stop by and see us—the quilt, me, and all the Colonial Needle family—in booths 1328 and 1329.

The quilt was pieced from 44 different colors (plus white) of the Peppered Cottons line of Shot Cottons from StudioE Fabrics cut into 3″ squares. The threads used to Big Stitch were varying colors of Size 8 Perle cotton by Presencia (found here).  For the hand stitching I used the largest needle from the Big Stitch sampler pack by Colonial Needle (found here). I marked the lines to follow with stitches by using a big fat tapestry needle (their tips are not sharp) and scoring the fabric alongside a ruler.

Line Marking Techniques

Line marking technique used by Pepper on this quilt.

The quilting covers the quilt in a plaid of different colors of stitching—just the thing for those of us who love to quilt but bore easily when the work is too much the same.

Big Stitch Quilt

Pepper’s Finished Big Stitch Quilt

More Spring Quilt Market Classes

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

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.

Wool Applique

Wool Applique

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.

Sable

Judy’s pup, Sable!

Spring Quilt Market Classes

Pepper Cory’s Spring Quilt Market Class

Apronista!

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.

Presencia Embroidery

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.

Embroidery Detail

Upper Pocket Embroidery Detail

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!

Embroidered Apron

Pepper Cory modeling her completed Apron

And just in case you need it, a DMC to Presencia conversion chart can be found here!

Thread Hack

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

Presencia #40 Weight Sewing Thread

Pepper Cory loves Presenica’s #40 weight thread

40w Presencia Thread

Color #182

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

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 Needle Organic Cotton Thread

Colonial Goes Organic

Introducing Colonial Needle’s Newest Family of Products: Organic Cotton Thread

CNC's Organic Cotton Thread Color Selection

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.

 

 

DeElda Kits

Beginners Needlepoint Kits by DeElda

Start the school year off right with DeElda

DeElda Kit - A25 School Bus

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!

 

Silver Needle’s Rio de Janeiro Ornament

Get ready for the 2016 Summer Olympics with Silver Needle’s Rio de Janeiro Ornament

Silver Needle Rio Ornament - Item #685

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.

 

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