Mitzi & I went to one class at the International Quilt festival. She is a quilter and I am not (yet!), so we found a class we could both enjoy. I am now in love with Thai silk scraps! This project involved 3 techniques; couching, applique, & spiraling.
It looks complicated, but if you can sew a straight stitch you can make this piece.
|These are 4"squares. The wonderful thing about silk is that you don't worry about raveling.|
The strings are part of the charm.
|This is 80 yards of silk "strings" about 1/2 inch wide.|
|Couching is simply twisting the silk string while zigzagging over the top.|
|The silk is backed with interfacing, cut into flowers shapes and stitched on with either a straight stitch or zigzag.|
Two layers of stitching looks the best.
|These machines were quilt and smooth! I have an almost 20 year old machine...|
I think I am now in the market for a new one:)
|I did all the applique flowers first and then added the spirals to the center.|
|To create a spiral flower you open the silk string and straight stitch down the center of the fabric.|
|The most difficult part is starting in the tiny middle. |
You work around and around the circle until you have the desired size flower.
|I did not want to stop! The next morning I left my bed unmade, stayed in my pj's, |
and didn't do one other thing until I had finished my project:)
|I am going to have this framed for my scrapbooking & sewing studio.|
I love the colors. It just makes me smile!
You can buy these skeins of Thai silk Sari ribbon at