Doors and Doorways

On the blog this month we  have been focusing on Aurilux threads  and so I  decided to use them for my art group project of “Doors and Doorways”.  I hadn’t had much practice with Aurilux, and like most quilters tend to ‘stick to’ sewing with the Aurifil Cotton Mako with cotton fabrics.   Of course there is no reason why I can’t use Aurilux to quilt with, as the sheen is lovely and the selection of colours fabulous.  I did a practice sample first to sort out the tension, and I put in a new sewing machine needle as well.  I always do this when I am about to quilt a new design.

Aurilux threads used in my project

For my Doors project I drew up my design in pencil and coloured in some areas using fabric pastels.  It was the first time I had tried them, and not only are they easy to use they can be blended easily giving even more colours.  Next I quilted the outlines of the door and brick surrounds using the threads.

Our art group encourages us to extend ourselves and try new techniques – so I  decided to add some names for doors on the bottom of the quilt, and some loosely cut out ivy leaves at the top.

Different words for 'doors and doorways'

To complete the quilt I put some ‘tendrils’ of
tapestry wools and other yarns from my stash.

I am looking forward to seeing what the other members of our group make using the theme, and I will be trying Aurilux again on my quilts.

Jazz Up A T-Shirt with Aurilux

Do you have a favourite shirt you love to wear but it needs a little ‘pick me up’?  Well, you can jazz it up with some simple designs and some Aurilux thread.

A simple line design to fit the area on my garment

I drew a sketch of the outline of the shirt front I wanted to embellish to make sure my design would fit the space. The design is easily altered by moving or eliminating any of the scrolled tendrils.

When I was happy with the design I traced the design onto a water soluble embroidery stabilizer . The online shop, www.alwaysquilting.com.au , offers several options, depending on the fabric content of your garment. The embroidery stabilizer is then tacked to the garment and I simply stitch on the lines through all the layers.

Stitch through the water soluble embroidery stabilizer and your garment

When you have finished the design follow the manufacturers directions to removed the embroidery stabilizer.

The Aurilux has a lovely sheen

 You can use a purchased garment or incorporate Aurilux into a garment you are constructing.

I love my ‘new’ shirt. I think the matching thread (pictured with my ensemble) adds an elegant touch to what was once, an ordinary t-shirt.

Aurilux colours are a perfect match (No, I did NOT 'wear' the spool... very big grin)

My embroidery design is available as a free download.
Browse the list of patterns on the left hand side of the screen to find the design.
Enjoy!

Let’s glitz up for Spring with Aurilux

As a “dyed in the wool cotton thread on cotton fabric” patchworker I don’t often talk about our Aurilux, the satin finished, polyester embroidery thread but in the past week something happened that made me look at the Aurilux threads with new eyes.

Just a small selection of thepretty variegated colours in the Aurilux range

We  had two textile artists in the shop who took one look at the rich glossy Aurilux  colours and went into raptures about where, and how, they could use the threads in their next projects.

Their reaction made me realise that it wasn’t fair to keep this lovely thread a secret, and Spring is the perfect time to start adding some glitz to our life (and work)

These pretty butterflies were embroidered several years ago by my friend Janice

Aurilux gives beautiful results when used for embroidery and it is also a great thread for quilting, when you are looking to add a touch of  light to a design.

You can read more about the Aurilux thread here on the blog or you can go directly to our online store to make a purchase.

So, as the gardens start to blossom for spring, there is no better time to start planning your own pretty spring project.