I fell in love with silk a long time ago when I worked in a fabric shop. Most of my embroidery is done on silk dupion, my all time favourite fabric, because it comes in so many beautiful shades. A while back I began to consider whether it would be possible to embroider my designs in silk thread. Firstly I needed to find a thread of equivalent thickness.
Look at the threads in your sewing room and you will see 40wt is the most common thread used for machine embroidery, which is actually means that if you had a kilo of this thread it would measure 40 kilometers. My designs are digitised for this type of thread. I was unable to find 40wt silk but discovered some 50wt silk which was suitable for machine embroidery. When my first silk arrived I tested it out on my Japanese Blossoms designs. As this silk thread is slightly thinner it gave the flowers a stunning simplicity but there were no gaps in the satin stitches.
My next test was done with the Almond silk Paisley designs and I was equally impressed.
Now it was time to digitise an heirloom collection specifically for this gorgeous silk which is manufactured in Japan, called Tire Silk #50. To find out more about silk threads and their manufacture, search online as it is a fascinating process. I have created the Beatrice collection with uncomplicated satin orchids, small flowers and ribbons, with bees buzzing around. Beatrice is one of my grand daughters and most of the time she is called Bee, so they had to be included in the collection named after her.
This is my first stitch out, and I shall be making a few alterations to the colours. I hope you like them. The satin ribbons allow small elements of the designs to be linked. This will enable large embroideries on christening gowns or wedding dresses. All heirloom collections need some lace scallops too. Notice the lace resembles the beauty of a honeycomb in which bees store honey.
I could not resist some sweet little buttonholes which I feel are always useful in heirloom embroidery as a row of them enable you to thread silk ribbon through them, adding dimension. The deep pink reflects the veins found in orchids. I adore orchids and am intending to create some dimensional orchids in the near future.
There will be 4 sets in this new collection, one for 4″ by 4″ hoops which will be released first in a couple of weeks. This will be followed by a sets for 5″ by 7″, 240mm x 150mm and lastly 300mm by 200mm hoops. If you do not want to embroider these designs in silk thread they can successfully embroidered in ordinary 4owt rayon or polyester thread. As a member of my Embroidery group you can pre order the designs now. Join today to save money and also be part of my 9th Birthday event which starts on 22nd August, with free daily downloads for a month! Happy embroidering from Hazel