|Betty's Bloomers #21 11" x 11"|
But like any treatment for woes, you must begin with the right tools. Here a quick refresher on the needles and threads for your hand stitching needs.
Embroidery NeedlesMatching the correct embroidery needle with your embroidery thread makes stitching a pleasure. Here's a handy chart to help you pair your long eyed embroidery needle with pearl cotton thread.
Embroidery ThreadsPearl cotton thread is my choice for hand-dyeing as well as for hand embroidery. With a slight sheen, this thread has the strength to hold up well when repeatedly drawn through fabric as a single strand. It also comes in a variety of sizes: Sizes 3, 5, 8, and 12 being my favorites.
|Couching a Size 3 thread with a Size 8 thread|
Size 3 pearl cotton thread is very thick making it difficult to stitch through your typical quilting fabric. But lay it on the surface of that same fabric, couching it into place, and it yields bold line and texture. Use a Size 1 embroidery needle with the Size 3 thread.
|Size 5 thread using a Blanket Stitch on wool.|
|Size 8 thread using a size 4 embroidery needle.|
|Size 12 thread is for those of you with a delicate touch.|
I hope this helps you with your stitching needs. May your woes recede just like that nasty rash.