Today we are excited to share the final Aurifil Artisan showcase post for 2020! Our team of Artisans have been a constant source of inspiration throughout 2020 and we cannot wait to see what they have in store for us in 2021. December was all about the holidays, and once again the Artisans created gorgeous projects utilizing a variety of Aurifil thread weights. 😍
*Click on each Artisan’s name below to read more about their project.*
Isabelle Selak – “The quilted Santa Post envelope is our new family tradition. This quick project comes together with a mini charm pack, a few spools of Aurifil thread, and lots of holiday magic!”
Martha Woollard – “Robins are an iconic winter bird in the UK so seemed a good choice for a Christmas wreath. The robin is hand stitched using snippets of fabric held down with 50wt thread, embellished with 12wt. The leaves are machine stitched, and the wreath was hand sewn together.”
Jen Belnap – “I made 8 stockings for my family this Holiday Season using Riley Blake Sparkle fabric. This added some sparkle to our Holidays! I used Aurifil 50 wt. to piece, quilt and assemble the stockings. I followed Suzy Quilts tutorial online for the pattern.”
Amanda Carye – “These little stockings were such a fun way to play with my threads! Back in September, I fell in love with the texture of machine quilting with 12 wt thread during that month’s #AurifilArtisan challenge to explore wholecloth quilting. I’ve been itching to continue my experiments, but was looking for a smaller (and less daunting, let’s be honest!) canvas than a whole quilt top: these little wholecloth quilted stockings were the perfect sized project to try a bunch of different combinations and patterns out on (and, if I’m being honest, I’m in love with them!).”
L ucy Brennan – “These cute scented sachets are quick and easy to sew, perfect to scatter around your house for an uplifting or comforting burst of seasonal fragrance! They are a great way to use up scraps of fabric and play with decorative stitches on your machine.”
Sarah Ruiz – “I did more Christmas sewing than ever this year, with two tree skirts and two tree-themed postcards as a result. Each features quilting or details with some of my favorite Aurifil threads, including the 28 wt brass thread that was an unexpected powerhouse for me in 2020. It looks great on a couple of my holiday projects…and everywhere else!”
Henrik Müller – “This year I finally made a new Tree Skirt. Since it was so much fun to make I decided to turn it into a pattern. And since this pattern really needed to be out by Christmas I needed to make a second version for variety. That is why I made two tree skirts in 2 days.”
Madeline Bonner – “This month has been a celebration of festive stitches using a variety of gorgeous 12wt and Aurifloss. The background was first machine quilted with 6723 which gave a beautiful frosty effect. I also used 3817 in both weights and 2520, and 4647. The hand quilting was a perfect antidote to the hectic build up to Christmas.”
Wendy Chow – “Learn how to make a woven fabric star with The Weekend Quilter. You can turn these into ornaments for your tree or add them on to your gifts to make them a little more special. You don’t need a sewing machine to create these stars, making this a kid friendly project. It’s also the perfect project for a crafternoon session via. Zoom with friends and family. But if you’re feeling a little fancy, you can add decorative stitching to your star as shown in this example and tutorial.”
Heather Black – “I wrapped homeschooling on Friday and spent the last few days working on a Christmas design for the December Aurifil Artisan challenge. I wanted to do some experimental curve piecing and walking foot quilting with heavier thread weights, 12wt and 28 wt. I love the texture the heavier thread weights add and how easy they were to use in my domestic machine. I pared them with a 40wt Aurifil thread in the bobbin and couldn’t be happier with the look and feel.”
Shannon Fraser – “Don’t forget your furry friends this holiday season – make them a quick and easy modern improv pet food placemat! I just whipped up this fun modern improv mini for Pips (my cat) featuring some scraps and 50wt Aurifil Thread!!”
Kathy Ross – “Never let your kids Pick your Aurifil Artisan Challenge!! Were huge fans of Home Alone and my Kids challenged me to stitch this portrait of Macauley Culkin as my December challenge. I used twenty plus thread colors to create the portrait which is stitched onto felt in a ten inch hoop.”
Alison Holt – “My seasonal project is a freehand machine embroidery of a snowscene. It was great to use the 50 weight mako which has a superb colour range for me to “paint” with!”
Here’s to 2021!
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OMG! Every single one of these is terrific, amazing & keepers!