NEW THIS WEEK - April 19th, 2006:
It's amazing fun
to watch our embroidery machines turn out whimsical gifts of passing fancy. But
when our machines become the artistic instruments for emulating the beautiful
hand embroidery traditions of the past, we can see, in the making, treasures
that will satisfy the soul.
The new designs this week are inspired by many stitching styles that
have been passed down through centuries of skillful needlework tradition.
Trapunto designs, originating from Italy, offer the subtle beauty of
high relief work in one-color stitching. Quilters today call this raised or
"stuffed" work, and it is very elegant for whole-cloth quilting.
Trapunto imparts depth and richness to a quilt, but it is also is a masterful
way to dress up apparel -- vests, jackets, belts, even T-shirts!
Candlewicking is a needle art that uses
thick cotton yarn (the wick for candles was particularly popular with
pioneering women in the American West and Australia). Like chains of pearls,
the candlewick-inspired "knot" stitches weave their way through
traditional patterns of strawberries, goldfish, and cherries. The designs can
be stitched traditionally, in distinctive white on white, or with fashionable
accent colors for table linens and apparel like skirts and shawls.
Find your inspiration in a treasured heirloom, and enjoy these new
No special technique is necessary to embroider these candlewicking
designs. When you see the note on the color change sheet that says
"candlewicking," then switch to white cotton thread, if desired. The
designs can be stitched traditionally, in distinctively textured white on
white, or with fashionable accent colors for table linens and apparel.
Want to see more? Click here
to see designs released in previous weeks!