My all time favorite hand work threads are usually 12 wt...I use them for machine quilting as well hand work. I am especially fond of Sulky 12wt 'Petites' in solids and variegated. Offered on small spools as well as larger ones they are a bargain and offer endless design possibilities.
Wonderfil brand threads are another of my "go-to" brands for embellishment threads. My favorites include their ah!mazing 'Konfetti' (super lustrous, strong, all cotton, thread for piecing, their Eleganza 8wt (and the throughly addicting Sue Spargo range of Eleganza 8wt &Tutti threads), as well as a passel of their heavier weight threads like Mirage, Razzel & Dazzle for couching and more. Of course I also love and use fantastic Aurifil and Superior threads too.
I am covetous of getting some Aurifil 12wt (offered on both large and small spools too). Aurifil also offers the best palette of greys around! Their threads are truly lovely exceptional! Superior Masterpiece cotton is also one of my "go-to" threads (I use the cones) for much of my everyday sewing. Aurifil seems to concentrate on cotton threads while Superior offers a, well, a superior, selection of polyester and rayon threads for a wide variety of sewing specialities. When it comes down to it, I just really love and enjoy thread! It is, after all, the painters palette for textile artists.
Worked on linen the embroidery below is destined to become a pillow...one that will support my hand-work as I stitch.The back of the pillow will be fashioned with a pocket or two so that it will be extra functional for sewing projects.
Look at that shine on these Oakshott cottons!
My projects thus far this winter have been so enjoyable! I decided, as I adjust to working, to not worry about the words "finish" or "produce". I am taking great pleasure in the process; knowing that they will all get finished in the end. I don't generally have too many UFO's, but right now I still have my appliqué quilt to finish; I am sooo close except for the appliquéd border. My "potato chip" (pieced Hexagons) quilt needs to be laid out and sewn together and I have several dresses in the queue for Spring and Summer. I am so grateful to have had sewing and threads in my life!
What have you been up to this Winter?
Do you always enjoy the process or do you look towards the finish line for your projects?
Have you been exploring new things? What? I'd to hear!