I have been having more fun with Aurifil LANA – the user friendly, wool blend thread on a spool. This blog shows how I used Lana as the thread of choice to embroider on linen. In my stash of ‘vintage’ embroideries and doilies I had a set of three printed with Australian Callistemon designs.
The linen came with an old photo to illustrate the colours and some brief stitching instructions.
I then had to work out from the Lana thread chart, and some photos of Callistemons from the computer what colours I would work my embroidery in. At this time of the year, the flowers aren’t showing on the trees in my garden.
I used several different Lana colours for the Callistemon flowers, seed pods and the leaves. Even though Aurifil has a huge range of colours to choose from, I greedily wished I could add a few more to the range!! – specifically a few more ‘Australian’ colours!!
Usually I prefer not to work with varigated threads, but I found the wool ones were superb – especially when used with the non- varigated ones. The slight variation was enough to give a subtle change in the embroidery and I will certainly use them again in embroideries.
I hope that embroiderers do try using the Lana threads for linen embroidery – it is so easy to stitch straight from the spool.