Searching for Clues in The Thread Box

Cotton ThreadGood Morning, Sleuths, Seamstresses and Spies!

We have a few first class detectives on this case:     Janice and Judy were the first to comment that C-50 and P-50 stand for threads.

Way to go, ladies!

Cotton ThreadCOLLECTING THE EVIDENCE

Today, your mission (should you chose to accept it…):

COTTON THREAD

Pull out every cotton thread in your sewing box.

Search out every brand, weight, ply…just one sample-not every color.   If you have Aurifil thread in three different weights, pull all three.  If you have King Tut in 5 colors, just include one spool.

I found 13 different cotton thread types from six different manufacturers in my sewing box.

Thread.LKennedy005THE SECRET CODES

Your next assignment:  List every word and marking on all of the spools:  ELS, Mercerized, 50/2, MT 1000…

Do you know what they all mean? (we will soon….)  For now, just make a list.

Each thread brand seems to have it’s own language…We need a de-coder!  (Does anyone have their cereal box de-coder ring?  Can we use it?)

Thread.LKennedy007COMPARATIVE INVESTIGATION

Finally, separate the threads into groups by weight. 

I found five different weight categories:  60wt, 50wt, 40wt, 28wt, 12wt in my sewing box.

Thread.LKennedy008Spend a little time comparing the threads.

  • How do threads with the same weight, but different manufacturers compare?
  • Do all the cottons have the same amount of sheen?
  • Is there a difference between two ply and three-ply threads?
  • Do some threads seem smoother?
  • What other differences do you notice?

Thread.LKennedy009STITCH A SPOOL

Finally, if you have a cotton thread, 50 wt, use it to stitch The Spool onto your grid in the center box…(the square marked C-50).

SUMMARY OF MISSION (2-4-15)

  • Collect all cotton thread types in your sewing box.
  • List every “secret code” on the labels.
  • Group thread by weight and do some comparative investigating.
  • Stitch a Cotton 50 wt Spool (Tutorial HERE) into the center grid box.
  • Doodle...doodling helps improve creative thinking.  Doodle the spools on every scrap of paper, envelope and napkin that comes your way this week!

NOTE–If you have a small collection of threads, perhaps you could work on this with a quilting friend or run to your local quilt store and do a little investigating…(It’s okay to bring a few pretty ones home, too!)

OPEN LINE FRIDAY-

This week on Open Line Friday, we will make a Master List of Secret Thread Codes…then we will work on decoding!

TOMORROW

Tension Troubleshooting Checklist…You won’t want to miss this–unless of course, you NEVER have tension troubles!  (Which probably means you don’t sew…?)

Signed,

Dr. Watson

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Stitching Spools-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadHappy Tuesday and Happy Tutorial Day!

Today we are working on an update of an old tutorial, FMQ Spools.

This pattern is tweaked a bit for our Mystery Quilt-a-Long.   By now, some of you have guessed, we are stitching spools onto our grid…

The Mystery is not completely solved…we still have much to investigate.

Last week, we created a spool template.  Today, we will be working with the template to create a wide variety of spools.

THE SPOOLS OF THREAD TUTORIAL

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadTRACE THE TEMPLATE

For this practice, draw a straight line across the width of your fabric and trace the spools along the line.  Space the spools approximately 1/2 inch apart.  Don’t measure–this is good practice in “eyeballing”–(learning to space things without a ruler), and is an essential skill for free motion quilting.

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadBegin stitching on the STRAIGHT SIDE of the spool.  (It is tempting to begin on the bottom line…)  Leave a small tail and stitch up the side, follow the line across the top and down the short angled line.    Stop at the top of the Right Straight Side of the spool.

NOTE-For this project, leave the tail of threads at the beginning…we want the tails as an added design element.

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadStitch a line from the right side of the spool to the left side of the spool and back again. (photo above)

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadNext, continue stitching down the right side of the spool, along the bottom and at angle back to the thread tail.

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadStitch a double line at the bottom of the spool.

From here, you can decorate the spool with any creative stitches.

Then stitch a loop-de-loop and begin the next spool.

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadDecorate the spools with as many different stitches as possible.

(If you’re brave, you can even try The (sometimes) Dreaded Zig Zag

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadOther nice choices include:

The Twist, The Twist Variations, The Twisted Rope

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadYou may also add spirals and loops…

Free Motion Quilting, Spools of threadBe a wild and crazy quilter!???

Tomorrow–we will add a spool to our Mystery Quilt…but don’t get ahead of us…

Happy Stitches!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Shells on Shells

Seashells on Free Motion QuiltingIt’s a very chilly morning here in Minnesota-certainly, no day at the beach!

The good news is…we’re into February already and we’re that much closer to warm breezes.weather MinnesotaAnd…I’ve got my quiltin’ to keep me warm!

Seashells on Free Motion QuiltingThis small quilt (18 x 18 inches) included:

Seashells on Free Motion Quilting

Seashells on Free Motion QuiltingWhat are YOU doing to stay warm–or is it warm where you live?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Lori

PS…All images, information and tutorials are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!