Tuesday Treats: Aurifil Threads, Reproduction Quilts and Michelle Yeo

I had the best of treats last week picking thread colours with Michelle, of Michelle Yeo Designs.

Michelle uses Cotton Mako' 28 for blanket stitching when stitching Broderie Perse applique

Michelle uses Cotton Mako’ 28 for blanket stitching when stitching Broderie Perse applique

Michelle is frequently a guest tutor at patchwork retreats around the country and, when the classes are not held in a shop, she likes to have some of her favourite  threads available for students to purchase.

So Michelle & I spent the afternoon picking colours to set up some portable thread collections for her to carry to classes in this situation.

You all know how frustrating it can be to find that you need a different thread colour when you are working away from home.  Well there will now threads available when you need them.

Cotton Mako' 50 is the best choice for needle turned applique

Cotton Mako’ 50 is the best choice for needle turned applique

Michelle specializes in reproduction quilts,  inspired by quilts of the past, and the classes for her next Retreat are from her St Barnabas designs so we needed to pick threads for piecing, needle turned applique and broderie perse.

Michelle uses:

Little four packs of Cotton Mako' 50 & 40 in basic colours will work  with a variety of fabrics

Little four packs of Cotton Mako’ 50 & 40 in basic colours will work with a variety of fabrics

As Michelle often travels interstate to retreats we  had to come up with a plan to include colours in all three thread weights while still keeping the actual volume of the items to a minimum so that everything will fit into her luggage.

Changing planes several times, and flying in smaller planes, means luggage restrictions that you don’t face when you can simply pile things into a car and drive to a retreat.

Picking colours for other people, when the fabrics are sight unseen, is not the easiest of tasks.

We were like children in a lolly shop as we agonized over this & that colour before finally settling on 18 individual colours and several collections.

Yummy flower colours for broderie perse

Yummy flower colours for broderie perse

We tried to pick thread colours that will work with a range of reproduction fabrics, and colours that have a chameleon effect, reading differently depending upon the colour of the fabric with which the thread is being matched.

And variety when only that colour will do for needle turned applique.

And variety when only that colour will do for needle turned applique.

The final treat for the day was when Michelle pulled a copy of her book out of her bag to show me …. I love books and this one is just so collectable.

Michelle-Yeo

“Of Needle, Thimble and Thread”  is a beautiful book featuring 18 of Michelle’s original quilt designs.  The book is published by Quiltmania.  The quilts were artistically photographed in France, and there are detailed instructions, full sized patterns sheets and diagrams for each quilt featured in the book.

The production is excellent,  printed on high quality paper,  a great design layout  and Michelle says that the quilt photographs are “true to colour”.  It really is a must have book for any quilter’s library.

Follow the links on the Michelle Yeo Designs website to find out more about her classes or to purchase “Of Needle, Thimble and Thread”

It really was a day worthy of featuring in Tuesday Treats.

PS:  We enjoy helping our shops, and designers, customize threads for workshops, and events, so don’t forget to contact us next time you are doing something special.

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