If you can stand just another blog about 60 weight thread, I
was looking through some of the designs that will lend themselves to
enhancement by lighter weight thread. This blog about horses and 60 weight thread will delight and please any animal
lover but especially horse fanciers. (OK, maybe not. . . . )
beauty, a rich history and a unique ability to bond with their owners.
From the ancient deserts of the
Middle East evolved the oldest known breed of riding horse, the Arabian. Now
one of the most popular breeds in America, the Arabians' incredible energy,
intelligence and gentle disposition allow riders to excel in most equine sports
and activities. Today, Arabian horses spend as much time on the trail as they
do at horse shows and other competitive events. (To read more about these magnificent horses,
click on the photo.)
courtesy of: http://www.arabianhorses.org/education/education_history_intro.asp
For the truly beautiful embroidery of just about any
subject, use of the 60 weight will give more elegance in subtle highlights,
shadows, delicates, dainty designs, baby items and details. Using it with a
detailed embroidery design is just what your embroidery needs to get to the
Think in terms of using an extra sharp pencil, giving points
that are viewed by the eye as just a dot - but that dot is a WOW! If you have ever looked at a bitmap, those
dots make a great photo.
Just as the dots do their work almost anonymously, so does
each of the stitches of embroidery.
And, when we go one step further and use a lighter weight
thread, we may well have something worthy of a treasure for your personal best project
and a possible museum piece!
I recommend having on hand several colors of 60 weight. Additionally, I also recommend having
metallics in their most used colors:
Here is my suggested colors for the 60 weight:
brown (I prefer brown to black)
blue, light and deep
pink or salmon
For metallics, I keep these on hand:
gold (more than one shade, if available)
I might even make use of a little metallic on a horse design
as well. Just a glint of sparkle can be
a defining project. In the following
photo, use of a silver metallic thread on the harness would be fantastic. (I am using all these 'extreme' adjectives
because I think the Arabian Horse is so incredible.)
The following design, available here at AnnTheGran, is one that comes to my mind as the
prize for a horse lover or just someone who loves mind-boggling artistry.
Since there are 11 colors to create this design, you have
multiple opportunity to for light weight threads to shade and show the details. I personally would review the colors and the
sequence to determine where I want to make alterations that will make my
project really outstanding.
My testing of this concept is below. Obviously, I sewed this on a much too light a fabric (and did not compensate with stabilizer) for the weight of the stitches. Nontheless, it gave me a lot of information.
As is common for my camera, the photo does not clearly indicate what I hoped to show you. However, the 'in person' design has silver for the blade on the left skate, and the 60 weight was only used on the shadow. There IS a difference in person that you cannot view.
You are always more judgemental on your work that the average person. Most people looking at your final results would be in awe. Not everyone knows the difference between good and acceptable embroidery. Other embroiderers will see or wonder what you actually did. It is truly subtle. But you can see the finer points that you personally created. You are the expert of your project, my blog on your knowledge is worth a second look.
Lastly, when I have a design that has many facets to it - like the skates - adjectives can be winter, skates, shadow, sports among other things, the use of Catalog Xpress 2.5 is just the ticket. You save your designs on a hard disk with a back up on a USB drive. Then, you place your LINK (only) in various folders that describe the content. Therefore, your design link can be in one place or dozens and easier to find. Catalog Xpress DOES NOT save your designs, it gives you a link to your actual design.
(Also Note: Madeira Incredible Threadable Gift Boxes are on sale this week!)