MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS WORK
Some time ago, I suddenly wanted to work with pink fabric and colorful thread. A very unusual color for me! I still don't know what my inspiration was, except maybe I had the prettiest shade of soft pink nail polish! What has always concerned me when using variegated yarn is changes in the color of the yarn. There is always uncertainty about what will happen when I return to certain quilting lines. It was something I had to explore.
Out came a piece of white synthetic felt, some appropriate Angelina fibers, and a piece of soft baby pink organza. Two things were still necessary; the thread I was going to use to hold the layers together and the thread I was going to use for quilting. In my stash I found a very pale pink synthetic thread and an interesting variegated thread with shades of pink ranging from pale pink to cherry pink. I was ready to start exploring!
If you're keen to create your own pink artwork in honor of Women's Month, here's what you'll need:
White synthetic felt 30cm X 30cm
Soft pink synthetic organza 30cm x 30cm
Pale pink Isacord thread to match your background exactly.
A pink variegated thread for quilting
Lots of ideas for quilting this little room.
Loomtex wadding 30cmX 30cm (Optional, I did not use wadding)
WHERE TO START
Start by placing the felt on the work surface.
Sprinkle the Angelina fibers all over the felt.
Cover with organza.
Put on your quilting gloves and start trapping fibers between layers using the pale pink thread and a twisty stitch.
Once all layers are firmly sewn together, start with your own choice of quilting pattern, but move on to variegated thread.
Then use the soldering iron to scorch the edges.
Working in variegated yarn is not for everyone. Color changes occur regularly and if you backstitch or go back to the same stitching line the color changes. This may not be what you had in mind! You have to decide for yourself if this is a look you like or not. It's always a good idea to test on a small project before trying something new on your masterpiece! In this case, I decided that I really liked the effect of working with variegated thread, but would not use it on a large project. I find this far too distracting.
What a fun little project to try for Women’s Month! You'll use variegated thread, work with Angelina Fibers, and try out interesting quilting patterns!
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