It’s already pretty well established, I think, from my blog that I am a dedicated hand piecer. Thread for hand piecing is, I know, a personal preference but I think I’ve found the very best thread with which to work. A friend, who’s also a pretty dedicated hand piecer, has tried this thread and has the same opinion.
Over the past few weeks, when I was joining the half clamshell pickles to the Pickled Ladies top, I was using a variety of white threads and was frustrated beyond belief. Some broke too easily, some tangled so easily no matter how short a length of thread I used that they were a nightmare to work with and others were too – well, hairy is the only word I can think of – so I’ll just say they were too hairy and made threading a #12 sharp more of a problem than any others.
Then I got some white DMC machine embroidery cotton thread – and oh, it was heavenly. It doesn’t tangle, has a wonderful smooth finish which makes it easy to thread needles and it doesn’t break easily at all.
I already knew that the black DMC machine embroidery cotton thread was the only black thread to use as it’s the only one I’ve ever found that doesn’t break after just a very few stitches.
Now? Well, now I’m going to slowly build up a collection of DMC threads in the shades I know I’ll use a lot for hand piecing. It’s pretty clear, looking at this grouping, that various shades of pink and rose are those which I know I’ll use most often. I know I’m probably in the minority, but I really do love using a thread colour that matches the darkest of the fabrics I’m piecing. DMC thread is incredible – it just melts into the seams, so is perfect for the miniatures which I so love to make, isn’t very bulky at all and makes it even more enjoyable to hand piece. Of all the tools at my disposal as a hand piecer, I have two that top the list – Inklingo for printing templates on the back of my fabrics, and DMC thread to use when sewing the pieces together.
Jake doesn’t pay the least bit of attention to me when I take close-up photos of him.
Taking pictures of Baxter is too much fun – I can’t seem to stop. So I get funny pictures of him, like this one of him cleaning his paw.