I did a bit of online shopping the other day -- a movie and some thread. I know, I live walking distance from Joann Fabrics but I was introduced to a thread that I wanted to try for English Paper Piecing.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was giving EPP a try and had been surfing the net looking at blogs about the technique. I ran across Flossie Teacakes which is a wonderful blog about EPP. The entry that I happened on was about thread. Florence (aka Flossie) was recommending a particular thread that, quite honestly, I had never seen before so, since I was shopping online anyway, I thought I would give it a go.
So, day before yesterday this big box came--
It was filled with this --
There was nothing in the paper so I looked in the box and there was this --
Yes, one spool of thread in that great big box with all that packing material. It made me smile-- I don't know why. In retrospect, I wish I had ordered the larger spool because the difference in price wasn't all that great and I have a feeling this will be my go-to hand sewing thread from now on.
I purchased the thread in the silver shade as Flossie suggested the light grey would probably work well with most things and I think she is right. The thing about EPP is that I don't like the idea of having to change color threads so much as I like doing the piecing in the evening in my comfy chair and I don't care to have to schlep all different colors of thread around with me so one would do nicely.
This morning I gave it a go. I apologize for my not so stellar photos -- I tend to shake a bit and when trying to get up close -- well, it just doesn't work so well. However, here are some of the photos.
This one is done with a regular sewing thread and a regular sharp needle.
The stitches are almost invisible. Yes, it did make it better using lavender fabric-- I didn't really think of that when I decided to do a test run -- I will post more photos on different fabric -- but the point is the thread is so fine that I think it would do with almost any color. I am thrilled.
The only thing that would make it even better, I think, is to use a finer needle, like a milliner's needle which I am off to procure! I really enjoy EPP but I think with this thread and finer needles, it will be even better. I will update.
Thank you Flossie!