New products arrived in the Cinderberry store this week and I just wanted to share them with you. I have called these beauties 'My Favorite Notions' because they are just that - the kind of things I use every day for stitching, my go to products, the things I am most often asked about.
Each week I get messages and emails from ladies asking about the products I use so I'm spending a little time today sharing them with you.
Today it's all about interfacing, stitching frames, pens (for transferring) and needles
#1 Vilene H410 - Is my top pick for interfacing when hand stitching, it's a very light, woven interfacing that will not add bulk to your stitching. One thing I love about this interfacing? It irons on smoothly and does not lift, shift or 'bubble' once in place (a problem I have encountered in the past with other similar products). It is also fine enough to embroider first and then applique at a later stage if required.
This is the product I refer to in my patterns.
#2 QSnap Needlework frame - I use a QSnap frame religiously and (now) never hand stitch without for the simple reason...it tensions my fabric. What does that mean? Basically it keeps the fabric taut and flat while pulling your needle through, preventing nasty puckering and a finished embroidery that will not lay flat.
To loosen the fabric by twisting the side clips, tighten in the same way....no tiny screws. They are made of PVC tubing, very light weight and easy in the hand to hold reducing hand strain and finger cramping, the bonus is they pull apart and take up next to no room - perfect for travelling.
On a side note, what ever hoop/frame you use remember to remove it when you have finished stitching each night, like taking your shoes off to sleep. Your fabric will thank you later.
#3 Zig fine nib pens - I have loved these for years and use them whenever transfering a stitching design to fabric, even with iron on transfers available in my studio I still prefer to hand trace designs - that's the way I work.
Zig pens are permanent, acid free, and awesome for fine detailing the perfect base to hand stitch over.
#4 Piecemaker embroidery needles - I have used size 7 Piecemaker needles for more than ten years now and I love them. It's the only needle I use for hand embroidery, regardless of how many strands of thread I'm using and the eye is larger enough for threading #8 pearle thread.
So that's about all for now, you never know - a few extra items might appear in My Favorite Notions in the future.
Have I managed to answer a few of your 'how to' product questions? I sure hope so, but if you have any other questions on stitching or getting started you are welcome to leave a message below or email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's always fun to learn