Last week, we introduced you to cross-stitching queen Susan Ache and her brand new Aurifloss collection, Little Quaker Christmas. We are so thrilled to now welcome Susan to Auribuzz for a 3 part series all about stitching! We hope you enjoy, and don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!
Hey Y’all, let me introduce myself, I am Susan Ache (pronounced like hockey without the H) — you may know me on Instagram as Yardgrl60, and I also am the author of the quilting book “Start with Strips”. (Martingale)
Today though, let’s talk some cross stitch! It’s probably safe to say that I began my cross stitch journey when Aida cloth was discovered. I played that game for years and then put it aside. Well, years later, I was introduced to the gorgeous linen that is out there for cross stitch and fell in love times a million with the sport all over again.
I won’t get technical on you, but, I will tell you about how I go about my projects and my personal stitching. First and foremost, I have a light brighter than six full moons hanging over my shoulder at night while I am stitching. If you can’t see it, it certainly isn’t fun to work on. I also use a magnetic board with my graph so I can see where I am supposed to be. Here’s the other thing, and if you do it, it’s a personal choice, but I stitch much faster without a hoop. Stitching in hand is like sewing, I go up and down each cross one at a time.
Now, to the fun part of the embroidery floss. Since I am stitching on linen, I stitch over two, which means that for every little thread, I am stitching over 2 of them for each cross. It’s much easier than you think and with a good light you can truly see where you are going and stay in your lane. I love great embroidery floss coverage. Seeing the linen behind my stitches just isn’t pretty to me, so with that in mind, I am very comfortable stitching with 2 strands of embroidery floss on a 36 count linen.
Here is how I think of the threads and I keep this general guideline in my head as I am choosing projects. The embroidery floss is 6 stranded, I use 2 of those for my cross stitch projects. The 12wt is awesome for my embroidery, but 2 strand coverage from embroidery floss seems to be just a teeny tiny bit thicker. Wool, oh my, if you truly want texture to your projects, then by all means pull out the wool. One strand on a 32 count linen stitching over 2 is the most beautiful stitch coverage you would want to dream of.
Because I am more color driven, I truly don’t just buy the floss as I need it, I will buy just because a color mood hits me. Then, I go and search for the linen that I think might be perfect for a project. Trying all of the thread sizes is a great way to gauge your personal favorites. Once you have your project in mind then you can determine if you think that embroidery floss, 12wt, or a wool would showcase your stitching the best.
How about if I come back another time and talk to you about my stitching favorites and how I go about choosing colors to adapt to my home by not following the charted colors. In other words, let me show you how to be a rebel in your stitching. And please, if you have any questions, we can play question and answer at the same time!
Until next week —
To enter-to-win the Little Quaker Christmas Collection, including the free Little Quaker Christmas Sampler (shown below), click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! The Giveaway will run from now until 11:59pm on Saturday, August 4 and we’ll select one random winner per week for a total of 4 winners! Good luck!
Instagram — Susan’s Book
A love of color, makes it is easy for Susan to grab inspiration from her native Florida surroundings. With no idea other than knowing she wanted embroidery and nine patches in her first quilt, a new world opened up to this mom of now five grown children. Self taught and many hours of reading about the makings of a quilt and quilt blocks has made this an a lifelong passion. Susan is always searching for new and fun ways to show off as many colors as she can in a quilt. Most of her quilts are a creative impulse from trips to the garden center, a photograph, or browsing through paint chip selections. “I really never see just the quilt, I seem to see the quilt in the room that it belongs in”. Working in a quilt store for years helped to pursue that passion of color and the fabric inspired life she enjoys while she constantly striving to make her next favorite quilt.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Little Quaker Christmas
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Large Spools, Aurifloss (18yds/spool)
1231 – 2886 – 1147 – 5016 – 2140
2420 – 5002 – 2255 – 2270 – 2250