Today we are thrilled to share the tenth project showcase from our 2022-2023 Artisans! Each year we partner with an amazing team of Aurifil Artisans to share their masterful creations and talents and help spread the joys of working with Aurifil Threads.
For the March Challenge, the Aurifil Artisans were tasked with using Aurifil Cotton Floss embroidery thread to showcase the vibrancy and depth of this versatile thread. From intricate hand embroidery to bold modern quilts, the Artisans pushed the limits of what is possible. So lets dive in and learn more about the unique characteristics of Aurifil Floss that make it such a popular choice among makers.
HUGE thanks to all of our participants for March — we are grateful for you, your creativity, and your incredible willingness to play along with us month after month!
I am celebrating all things Aurifloss this month. These small scale projects really showcase the different textures and surfaces that you can create with this magical thread. I particularly love the variegated thread.
A forget-me-not floral embroidery on a 4″ hoop. Made with Aurifloss in colors 2725, 2515, 2311, 2135, 2890, and 4026.
Inspired by the book, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, I made a quilted representation of redlined Denver, Colorado in 1938, using 5 colours of Aurifloss for the hand quilting to outline the colour coded zoning areas. Starting in the 1920s, maps were made to define city areas based on perceived mortgage risk. In these blatantly discriminatory zoning and loaning maps, African Americans were particularly targeted based on race, rather than income and denied loans for homes in areas with better amenities.
I had fun with this months challenge as I love to cross stitch when I’m not doing other crafts! This march is the three year anniversary of the newest version of Animal Crossing. As a little tribute to the game that kept me occupied during quarantine, I decided to stitch something from the game. Pattern by sugarbplays I used three strands of aurifil 50wt in this light grey colour (for the first time in my life I’ve lost the sticker 😳) I used two strands of aurifloss in 6722 and 2250.
“Whisper” is a low-volume, scrappy quilt, hand-quilted using 9 of the 10 thread colors in the Rosso Rubino Aurifloss collection by Susan Ache, stitched with 3 strands. I think the color play of different thread colors give a sweet look across the mix of neutral fabrics. I also did big-stitch binding with the floss, which seemed to fit this little quilt perfectly.
Today I’m sharing the first in my new cross-stitch series – The Bonnet Girls. Introducing Sue Bonnet Spring Charted using beautiful Aurifil 12wt thread. The perfect cross stitch alternative to embroidery floss. Such a dream to stitch using 1 strand of thread on 16ct Aida, but getting the coverage equivalent to 2 strands of DMC. It truly is one of my favorite threads to stitch with – pulling just 1 strand directly off the spool. Miss Sue Bonnet Spring is a freebie chart available on my website. – http://www.tigerlilyshop.com Download her today, stitch her up and make sure to tag me at #tigerlilysuebonnet so I can see. She’s the perfect sweet stitch to customize with stash fabric scraps and floss. PLUS, get her stitched now because in April 2023, I will be sharing my a full Tiger Lily YouTube Video Tutorial showing how I’m making my sweet Sue Bonnet into a needlebook case.
Aurifloss is new to me, I’ve not worked with it before and I have been missing out! The texture it creates is amazing, I love that it comes in such a huge range of colours and is so versatile to use, making it a great addition to any project. I’ve wanted to try out Big Stitch Quilting for a while, so I used the challenge this month to just go for it! Definitely need more practice but I have really enjoyed the process and am a definite Aurifloss convert.
Cristina De Miranda
As a first-time mom-to-be, I want to be thoughtful about the experience and document it in some way. For this month’s challenge, I pulled some colourful solid fabrics to serve as my paper and Aurifloss in silver white to serve as my ink as I capture my mind’s wanderings over the next several months in my mommy-to-be embroidered diary.
Nothing better than the small spools of Aurifil floss for an easy on-the-go traveling project like this Kantha quilt!
March saw a few school teacher strikes in the UK, which meant we had unexpected days to entertain the kids – so what better time to keep them busy and teach them how to make friendship bracelets? Aurifil Floss is the perfect thread for it too. It is 100% cotton, making it soft and flexible, and so many colours to choose from – I used the Aurifloss I had left over from my Collider Cross Stitch I made for the July Artisan Challenge; 2920, 2123, 2437, 1125, 2805, 2435.
We encourage you to click through and check out each of these amazing projects in more detail!