~IN the Hoop Machine Embroidery Designs Featuring Aurifil 50wt Thread~
The Sewing Gnome…a thread journey.
As you all know, I love In the Hoop projects, machine embroidery and basically all things stitching. A couple years ago my friend was a shop manager for a local quilt store. She offered weekly embroidery classes. While she was teaching once, I popped in to say hi. Little did I know, this visit would change the way I think about machine embroidery thread forever.
She was teaching her students how they could use Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the embroidery machine. Even better, they were stitching my Enchanted Paris designs. Several questions crossed my mind and my friend was happy to educate me.
Photo credits to Rhonda Pierce of Schmetz needles
My first Aurifil thread experience
The idea of using the Aurifil 50 wt thread really opened a whole new way of thinking for me. Not only was it a splendid sewing machine thread, but it had all the right qualities for high speed machine embroidery too. No thread breaks, glides through tensions with ease and the finish was unique. I would describe the finish as a Matte Satin, a little bit of sheen but smooth and clean.
On that day, my thread journey began and today I announce I am officially an Aurifil Thread Designer and introduce my thread collection from Aurifil, The Sewing Gnome.
Why the Sewing Gnome?
For a couple of years I have been using the Aurifil 50 wt thread for machine embroidery and In the Hoop projects. I’ve produced videos featuring the thread and used it in my instructions. The most rewarding feeling from the Aurifil thread experience is seeing the look on my students faces when they realize the Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread is for sewing and can be used in embroidery as well. It’s a nice bonus to be able to use the same thread for both types of stitching.
During this summer, I began the working on a top secret project. I was challenged to create a one of a kind In the Hoop collection which featured the Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread. I was asked to select the colors of thread I loved best and create a thread box featuring the In the Hoop projects.
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The results, The Sewing Gnome! This magical trio was a combination of ideas from close friends, my daughter Heidi and myself brainstorming for never before seen fun projects to inspire smiles. All three projects needed to be constructed In the Hoop, ITH which would use the Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread. It all began with sketches, then 2-3 test sews, prototypes and finally the trio of The Sewing Gnome came together!
In July my friends Melody and Holly, myself and Heidi went to a lovely wooded area while Holly took magical photos. Her photos grace the cover of The Sewing Gnome thread Aurifil thread box – It is my honor to give all photo credits to:
(c) Holly Robson. 2017 Southern Angel Photogophy
Here are some of the original sketches, then the artwork created on my computer, then used to digitize the designs:
What are The Sewing Gnome In the Hoop projects?
There are three magical In the Hoop projects. The first up is the Lady Bug Tape Measure Cover.
Second is The Sewing Gnome, Scissor Case.
Last but not least, The Sewing Gnome Sewing Studio Mushroom Pin Cushion
Look Sue – I made them!
When you stitch these magical projects, be to snap a picture and post on Social media using tag #TheSewingGnome
Where do I get The Sewing Gnome thread box?
You can order right from me HERE
Check with your local Aurifil retail shop to order it.
Are there special needles required?
When working with machine embroidery, we are taught to use an Embroidery needle. For whatever reason, I found the Universal 80/12 to work the best with my machine and the Aurfili 50 wt Cotton thread. I also found keep the thread vertical seemed to work best.
Can I use regular embroidery thread?
These designs were digitized with special settings for the Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread. Try what you have, but for the best results in making The Sewing Gnome trio, use the Aurifil 50 wt Cotton Thread.
What other Supplies do I need?
There is a basic list of supplies used for all three projects. Download the designs and instructions for complete list:
- Aurifil thread box designed by Sue O’Very, The Sewing Gnome – Ask you local Aurifil retailer
- Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler
- Fabric sheers
- Short sharp scissors – Olfa Precision Applique Scissors
- Applique scissors
- Iron and board
- Mini Iron
- Mary Ellen’s Best Press
- Wonder Clips
- Universal 80/12 needle
- E6000 glue
- Snap tool
- Snap tool stand
- Point turner
What other materials do I need?
- Cotton fabric
- Foam – by Annie’s Soft and Stable
- Paper back fusible web – Head n bond lite
- Doll making beads
- Poly fill
- E6000 glue
Where do I get the designs?
Watch the videos: