Writing With Thread

Writing with thread

Writing with thread

Writing with thread is a wonderful way to personalise your project.  The key is to write your message first with fabric marker and to write without lifting your pen so that you will be able to sew without lifting your sewing machine foot.

Draw your straight lines first

Draw your straight lines first

Writing with thread on a straight line

Using fabric marker, draw straight lines first on your fabric.  I find this necessary, though you may feel confident enough to write without a line to keep you straight.

Write your message taking care not to lift your pen throughout each word so that you will be able to keep stitching along the word in one go.

Place your needle immediately above the start of the word on the left and sew carefully over the markings that you have made.  For this I used my free motion quilting foot with quilting thread.  I have stopped the machine and taken the fabric out at the end of ‘Merry’ and started again for ‘Christmas’.  At the end of the word I kept going and quilted a few loops around the bottom of the word.

Writing with thread on a curve

Writing with thread on a curve

Writing with thread on a curved line

You may wish not to write on a straight line and to give a curve I drew two curved lines using a plate to give the shape.  All the same principles apply – make sure that you don’t lift your pen throughout the word.

As you can see, I didn’t centre my words very well, but that’s just poor planning on my part.

Sew loops to get from one word to the next

Sew loops to get from one word to the next

This time, to show you alternatives, I moved from one word to the next by quilting a few loops to get my needle from the end of the first word to the beginning of the second word.

If you want to practise writing with thread and don’t want to draw lines, a good idea is to sew your name several times – because that’s something that you are used to writing so your hands will move more easily along the letters without you having to think too much about it.

I hope that’s given you some ideas on how to personalise your project, particularly with Christmas coming up.  Here’s the video:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

Chitenge Fabric in Zambia

 

Happy Birthday Zambia

Happy Birthday Zambia

I marked my visit to Zambia by buying loads of chitenge fabric.  Well, I would, wouldn’t I?

Zambian Independence

Zambia gained independence on 24th October 1964.  I was living in Zambia at the time and last week I was lucky enough to return there for the 50th anniversary celebrations.  What a magical week I had!  The Zambian colours are green, gold, red and black and the city of Lusaka (plus all the inhabitants) were completely decked out in those colours.

Fireworks for independence

Fireworks for independence

I had hoped to write this article last Friday on the actual day of the anniversary, but there were so many things happening that I didn’t have a chance to spend any time on the computer – far better to do it now when I’m back in the UK.

On Thursday evening we were very late to bed as there was a ceremony to raise the flag at midnight just as it had been raised fifty years ago.  What an emotional occasion that was, with plenty of fireworks to enthrall us.

 

Chitenge fabric stall

Chitenge fabric stall

Chitenge Fabric

The traditional fabric is known as chitenge fabric – chitenge meaning traditional – and it is often batik but always bright and colourful.

The roadside stalls were well stocked with fabric in national colours as well as the more traditional African fabrics.  Ooh, it was like being a kid in a sweet shop!

Border on chitenge fabric

Border on chitenge fabric

The chitenge fabric is most often worn as a skirt and it often comes with a border design.  The fabric is wound round the waist and tucked in to secure it.  The border section forms the bottom of the skirt so all you have to do is hem it – what a lovely easy way of making a skirt.

I bought several different designs and I am selling them – they would make great gifts – in my shop here.

Jacaranda and flamboyant trees

Jacaranda and flamboyant trees

The natural colours in Zambia are as bright and colourful as the fabrics.  The jacaranda and flamboyant trees together make quite a colour statement.

It was a wonderful time to visit Zambia and being able to attend the independence celebrations made it a holiday that I will always remember.  Meeting ninety year old Dr Kaunda, the first president of Zambia, was a treat that I will always remember.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

 

Four Knaves Quilt Block

Four knaves quilt block

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Sudoku Quilt Pattern

Sudoku quilt pattern

  The sudoku quilt pattern can be very complicated or very simple - so you can guess which option I chose!  I have seen sudoku quilts with a complete quilt block for each number, but I have just used a square of fabric for each number.  … [Continue reading]

Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Drawstring bag tutorial

I've written this drawstring bag tutorial because during my recent travels I decided that I could do better than using a plastic carrier bag to pack my shoes in.  I have made three of these shoe bags (you'll see why later) and they are roughly 14" by … [Continue reading]

Porto Rico Quilt Block

Porto Rico quilt block

The porto rico quilt block looks more complicated than it is.  As so often in quilting, it becomes easy when you look at small sections of it for each step.  I have made it here as a 16" square. Cutting requirements for the porto rico quilt … [Continue reading]

Eccentric Star Quilt Pattern

Eccentric star quilt pattern

  This eccentric star quilt pattern uses both the eccentric star and the shoofly quilt blocks.  I've used the same two colours throughout.  I rather like the way that the corners of the shoofly block seem to extend the spokes of the … [Continue reading]

Recycled Scarf Project

Recycled scarf project

  My recycled scarf project happened because I bought a scarf in a charity shop but it didn't hang very well when I wore it so I had to find another use for it.  I don't know if you have come across shadow applique before, but the general … [Continue reading]

Sugar Bowl Quilt Block

Sugar bowl quilt block

The sugar bowl quilt block is a four patch block attributed to Nancy Cabot, one of the newspaper columnists of the 1930's.  At that time most quilt block patterns were distributed either by word of mouth or through magazine and newspaper columns.  I … [Continue reading]

Christmas Card Holder Pattern

Christmas card holder wall hanging

This Christmas card holder wall hanging pattern has been made simple enough that you can run it up fairly easily for yourself or for any Christmas charity stall.  It's probably no good as a Christmas gift because everyone will have their cards … [Continue reading]

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