Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas in a Box

I have loved Kreinik threads for years, using them as outlines on my smaller animal pieces and recommending them in classes to use with beads on embroidered pieces.  Recently I was approached by a representative for the company and asked if I was interested in playing with some of their product.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity and said yes. :)

Last week this wonderful goody box of threads arrived at my door:

kreinik box one

You can see several spools of the newer thread designed for machine embroidery as well as samples of the embroidery braids and blending filaments.kreinik box two

And a color card of everything that is available.  I am also excited to try those iron on threads you can see in the middle there.  I can see using them to outline forms like I did with the bias tape on Safe Harbor.

kreinik box three

They included some smaller samples of their trims, including some colors in the facets and chenille thread.  I can see using them to make some Christmas ornaments or cards, and maybe another elephant or two.  Won’t they make a gorgeous blanket on them?

kreinik four

I noticed a little bundle of what appeared to be threads inside each cone of the machine thread.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were the net thread bras.  How convenient!

Too Coy one

Then, because I already had a piece in process, I decided to give it a try on this piece.  “Too Coy”, based on the painting I did for the Shoe Show at Ten Women Gallery. 

Too Coy detail one

I used the ZTCO Fine Twist Copper thread to grid quilt.  Here you can see how sparkly it is.  I was really pleased with how well the thread worked with my Pfaff 2054.  I made sure to put in a new Metallica needle size 80, and adjusted the tension to 1.5.  I set the stitch length to 3.0 to maximize the glimmer of the thread line and sewed.  Smooth as buttah! 

Next up, freemotion quilting with the metallized gimp thread and the fashion twist thread.

4 comments:

Karoda said...

I've not come across this thread. I'm going to see if I can find it locally before I order a spool on line. I'm so sold on Superior that I never think to risk buying another brand.

Nelly said...

OMG, Christmas in a box- you are not kidding. What a fun parcel to open! Love the swirl quilting. Beautiful!

Helene Ross said...

I was visiting OU and my daughter this weekend and we went to Hillel. What a great surprise to see your quilts. I LOVED them. I especially loved the water tower series and I loved the backgrounds. So much color and texture.
Helene (a quilter from Maryland)
higgyr@aol.com

Andrea Stern said...

@Nelly, thank you! @Helene, I'm glad you got to see the work in person. It was really great to be invited to exhibit in such a beautiful space