I was thrilled to meet with Nancy Jewell of Coats & Clark and Westminster/Rowan this Quilt Market. She took me on a whirlwind tour of What’s New in Thread … the biggest news being that Rowan is introducing premium-quality, long staple Egyptian cotton thread sets and individual spools that coordinate with Amy Butler’s and Kaffe Fassett’s fabrics. Isn’t it yummy? And not unlike a quality box of sweets, these boxes tell you what goes where, in case you run out.
Nancy also introduced me to Terry White, who is a fiber artist, teacher, and designer known for her thread painting. She has a collection of variegated thread for Coats & Clarks’ Star brand, which is also premium quality extra long-staple Egyptian cotton. It is designed for longarm quilting and surface design applications like embroidery and, you guessed it, thread painting. I’ve heard some people say “I can’t believe that there would be designers for thread!” but seeing Terry at work, it made total sense. She sketches on the fabric, and just starts sewing (with a free-motion foot) and filling in areas, moving around to new areas as the color changes. You can see this technique at work yourself on the Star website.
Traditional Mexican embroidered blouses and dresses are so popular this summer … I can see using this technique to interpret this timeless style in your own way.