Each year we partner with an amazing team of Aurifil Artisans to not only spread the joys of working with Aurifil Threads, but to also share their masterful creations and talents far & wide. Today we are thrilled to share the third project showcase for our team of 2022-2023 Artisans!
For the month of Spetember we asked them to share a project in which they used an Aurifil thread weight that they hadn’t used before, or don’t use often. With nine Aurifil thread weights available, there are certainly lots of options for them to choose from! It was amazing to see all the projects the Artisans created!
These are hand embroidered temari balls, stitched with Aurifil wool. Temari balls always feature repeating geometric patterns in varying forms. These are a little wonky as I am out of practice but they I am very pleased with the new spiral pattern I am teaching myself.
I decided to challenge myself to use 12wt and 28wt thread this month! Dipping my toe in, I made pillows out of the X Marks quilt pattern blocks. The black one has a simple meander in 28 and I completed my first cross hatch in a 12. Now I’m ready to dive in head first with these thread weights in more projects!
For this months Aurifil Thread Artisan Challenge, I utilized various muted rainbow colors to bring this beautiful star wall quilt together! A beautiful mixture of Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Solids and Aurifil Threads, they were a perfect match!
Add in simple straight line quilting to accentuate the star pattern and there just might be a pot of quilty gold at the end of this rainbow!
This month for Aurifil, what do use a Thread weight that we haven’t used or haven’t used very often so I went back to the 40–3 and did all of my quilting on my Q 16 to my new Mandala quilt. It quilted so easily and beautifully
When I saw this month’s challenge, I knew I wanted to try Aurifil 12wt for embroidery; specifically, the Sunshine sampler from Dropcloth Samplers. Let’s just say it was lovely to use, and stitched the sampler beautifully. I used a double thread, incorporating just a bit of 100% wool for the couching. Serendipitously, the colors of the stitch markings on the sampler just happened to coordinate well with the 12wt threads I had on hand.
I used Aurifil 40 weight (2324) in this months challenge. To compliment a patchwork duffle bag project I’m currently making, I wanted to make a matching travel bag for toiletries and cosmetics. This month I learned how to foundation paper piece and showcased the butterfly in my project. Clear vinyl works perfect when flying with airlines and processing liquids through security. I’m travel ready!
This month we were asked to create something using a thread weight we never used before – which for me is pretty much everything below 40wt. I wanted to create something with a visible difference of weights, so I decided to go for some threadsketching. I embroidered the face of the gorilla using 28wt for the rough outlines and the prominent features of the bone structure and 80wt for the details and fine tuning.
I hope the contrast shows in the photos! It is entirely stitched in freemotion with my Singer 107W102 machine and measures 25x25cm / 10x10in. I really have a thing for threadsketching as it is loose in style and still creates powerful emotions. Something I keep turning to when I need a break from details and single hair stitching.
As it’s one I don’t often use, I wanted to showcase 28wt thread in my September project. It has beautiful sheen, is strong and great for adding some quilting or embellishment to a project. I loved working with 28wt thread so much that I even used it to add a decorative stitch to my binding.
For this month’s challenge I went back to my first sewing love, bag making. After attending a super interesting online aurifilospohy lecture I was itching to try my hands at sewing with Forty3 and really wanted to experiment with cork again. The results didn’t disappoint. It was the perfect thread for my latest make, the Sirona Bag by Sewgnar. Check out my Instagram to see the making of !
Free motion embroidery of some Marvellous Mushrooms using Aurifil 80wt, something I’ve not used in my machine before but will absolutely be using more of! I love the details that can be created by using a finer thread and how it gives the piece of work a much more delicate feel.
Card making with some favourite fabrics and stitching is one of my favourite fast and fun projects. I typically use a 50wt Aurifil thread, but time I went with a few different colours of 40wt (green spool) to let the stitching stand out a bit more. Using my BSR for free motion stitching, a slimmer needle, and 40wt thread made a good combination of smooth and more pronounced stitching.
Anna The Hackney Quilter
The 28w orange thread in my Aurifil Artisan welcome pack matched my quilt so well I HAD to use it in this month’s challenge. The heavier weight thread adds real impact to the stitching and I love how it turned out. Read what I learned about using 28w thread in my sewing machine on my blog.
It’s Sampler September in the world of Cross stitch, so I challenged myself to create a custom color floss conversion to Aurifil Floss. With only 11 colors, and just enough funky floral – this chart is stitching up GORGEOUS with my Aurifil Floss. And of course, I had to design a custom organizer to hold the trademark wooden spools perfectly.
I tried forty 3 wt for the first time! Oh my gosh it looks so good as fmq. I’ve used it as the background to a bias binding tape series I’ve been working on. I’ve also been inspired to use more variegated thread in future.
For this project I used Aurifil thread in 28 wt. I purposely wanted the stitching to show up on this gray background so I used Color #2410 in light pink.
Lynn Carson Harris
I made tiny little basket blocks that will finish at 1 inch square. The handles are embroidered with Aurifloss.
Claire Campion (Made Just Sew)
For this months challenge I used Aurifil Monofilament for the first time along with some of my favourite Aurifil thread colours to produce ‘hand-look’ stitches using my Janome sewing machine. This is a style I have admired for a long time and didn’t realise until recently that it could be achieved with my Janome machine using the Aurifil Monofilament.
The Monofilament is so fine but very strong and just sinks into the background of the top fabric, it gives the illusion of hand-stitching. This is definitely a new technique i will use again on my quilts.
We encourage you to click through and check out each of these amazing projects in more detail!