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SOUTHERN BELLE 100% COTTON MUSLIN FABRIC

Light Cream Southern Belle Muslin fabric (Calico in European terms) is a 100% cotton fabric.

This wonderful fine quality muslin fabric has a 205 thread count (regular muslin fabric thread count starts at 70) and makes an ideal ground fabric for needle painting and other forms of free form embroidery. I use the southern belle fabric in my needle painting kits.

The warp and weft threads are closely woven allowing for very precise stitching. The fabric is smooth to the feel, has no brown specks or slubs as in some muslins and has a very consistent weave unlike some broad cloths. There is very little stretch to the fabric so when pulled tight in a stretcher bar frame the fabric does not easily pucker and is firm enough to be used without a backing fabric.

The muslin fabric can be also used as a supporting fabric for the Goldwork and silk fabric embroidery projects.

The fabric does not shrink after washing and keeps the same smooth feel. (The fabric does not come washed).

The fabric comes to me on a bolt and sometimes there are crease marks in the fabric from being wrapped on the bolt. These creases come out easily after the fabric has been washed in hot water and ironed on cotton heat.

The fabric also may have some fault lines in it (grey fine lines about 1/2 and inch long). On shorter lengths of fabric such as 1 yard lengths I try to cut the fabric to avoid these fault lines but it is near impossible for me to do this on lengths longer than one yard so expect to have a few small lines in the fabric in each yard.

The muslin fabric is 44 inches (110 cm ) wide.

COLOUR

Light Cream

SIZE AND COSTS

5 Yards or More of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric: $8.50 Canadian Dollars a Yard

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1 Yard of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric: $8.95 Canadian Dollars

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1/2 Yard of Southern Belle Muslin Fabric: $4.50 Canadian Dollars

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BOHIN TRANSFER PENCIL (WHITE AND GREY LEAD)

The bohin transfer pencil is a mechanical pencil that comes with white and grey 0.9 mm lead.

A mechanical pencil is the best type of pencil to use to draw design lines onto fabric as the lead keeps a consistent sharp nib. This pencil is perfect to use with the prick and pounce transfer method.

Click here to read instructions on how to do the Prick and Pounce method of design transfer

COST

Bohin Transfer Pencil with White and Grey Lead: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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Bohin Pencil Refills: $8.95 Canadian Dollars

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BLUE CHALK IRON-ON TRANSFER PENCIL

Use this blue chalk pencil to transfer a design from tracing paper to fabric. 

Trace your design onto the velum tracing paper. Note that the design will be reversed when you iron the design onto the fabric.

Place the tracing paper with the design down against the cotton fabric and then iron evenly along the back of the tracing paper, applying firm pressure for about 6 to 8 pass-overs.

When you lift the tracing paper off the fabric you are left with a blue outline of your design. The transfer is permanent.

You can get two or three transfers from the same piece of tracing paper. The two pictures below show the first and second iron on transfers. Note on the first transfer I did not apply even pressure across the whole design so the bottom of the tulip is faded. The second transfer is not as strong in colour as the first transfer and I found that the third transfer came out very faint.

First Transfer

Second Transfer

BLUE CHALK IRON-ON TRANSFER PENCIL BY CLOVER

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SHEETS OF VELUM TRACING PAPER

1 x 11" by 8" Sheet of Velum Tracing Paper: $0.80 Canadian Dollars

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Goldwork/Snipping Scissors with Straight Fine Precision Blades

Teal Embroidery Scissors with Slightly Larger Thumb/Finger Holes and Wider Blades.

Curved Blade Scissors for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work

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SEW MATE SCISSORS

The blue, purple and pink straight blade scissors have very sharp points perfect for snipping. Excellent for needle painting and other techniques that require precision cutting.

The teal scissors have slightly larger thumb/finger holes and wider blades and also very sharp.

The curved blade scissors are very good for Carrickmacross Lace and Fine White Work, the scissors have a curved tilt great for cutting away fabric against stitching.

The scissors come with a plastic clip on sheaf to protect the 1 inch blades. These are great value, handy and sharp little scissors.

SCISSOR SIZE

Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm)   Width at handles: 1 1/2 inches (4 cm)

Width of finger/thumb holes: 5/8 inches (1 1/2 cm)

SCISSOR COST

Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Magni-Clips Magnifiers

Magni-clips are magnifiers that clip onto the bridge of your glasses, they can be flipped up when not in use and put down over your glasses for close up work. The magni-clips are light weight and rimless so as not to distract from your stitching.

Choice of +1.50, +2.00, +2.50, +3.00, +3.50 and +4.00 magnification.

Excellent for all types of hand embroidery such as needle painting, modern Jacobean, shadow work, white work and for counted thread embroidery such as blackwork, cross-stitch and sampler work etc.

Magni-Clip Cost

Magni-Clips Magnifiers: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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Richard and Hemming Crewel/Embroidery Needles - British Company

Bohin Crewel/Embroidery Needles - French Company

Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders

CREWEL EMBROIDERY NEEDLES BY BOHIN (FRANCE) and RICHARD HEMMING & SON (UK)

The best needles for needle painting/thread painting are crewel embroidery needles because they have a long eye for easier threading, a slender shaft and a sharp point to the needle so that the stitches can be worked close together and there is more control for placing the stitches.

I provide size 10 crewel embroidery needles in my kits which are suitable for one strand of embroidery cotton thread. The stitches lay nicer if you use only one strand of thread in the needle. If you use more than one strand or have difficulties holding the needle then you can used size 9 or 8.

The larger sizes in the crewel embroidery needles are used for other surface embroidery techniques where heavier threads are used.

Size 10 (15 Needles in a Packet): Used for Needle Painting, Goldwork, Modern Jacobean, Fine White Work, Shadow work and other fine embroidery techniques that are worked on a tightly woven fabric and is a very fine needle. Suitable for one strand of floss or silk thread and sewing cotton.

Size 9 and 8 (15 Needles in a Packet): Used for Fine Embroidery and sewing, two strands of floss and for No. 12 Perle Cotton Thread.

Size 7 and Size 6 (15 Needles in a Packet): Used for Fine Embroidery and sewing, two - three strands of floss and No. 8 Perle Cotton Thread.

Size 5 (15 Needles in a Packet) and 4 (12 Needles in a Packet): Used for Traditional Jacobean and other coarse embroidery techniques that are worked on a tightly woven fabric. Suitable for one or two strands of crewel wool and metallic threads.

Size 4 (12 Needles in a Packet): Used for the #2 Mountmellick embroidery thread and other coarse embroidery techniques that are worked on a tightly woven fabric. Suitable for Mountmellick thread, three strands of crewel wool and perle cotton.

Size 3, 2 and 1 (12 Needles in a Packet): Used for the #3 and #4 Mountmellick embroidery thread and coarse embroidery techniques that are worked on a tightly woven fabric.

Size 5/10 (16 Needles in a Packet): There are two of sizes 5 and 10 and three of sizes 6, 7, 8, and 9 in the mixed packet.

Packet of Crewel/Embroidery Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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Needle Minders - Needlework Magnets

Curious Cat

Cranes on Navy

Miller's Dragonflies

Hummingbird

Turtle Abalone Needle Minder

NEEDLE MINDERS

Needlework Magnets

Beautiful and unique needlework magnets hold your extra needles while stitching your embroidery or cross-stitch. The raised areas of the minders (accept the mini turtle abalone needle minder) are carved out of resin and have remarkable detail.

HOW TO USE THE MINDER

As many of us know it is easier to have 2 or 3 needles on the go at one time when working on an embroidery or cross-stitch so that you can carry the thread from one location on the embroidery to another. When you are not using one of the threads it is easier to leave the thread hanging off the embroidery to one side rather than finishing the thread and having to begin it again later on.

Sometimes when one has several needles on the go the threads become tangled. The best way to prevent this is to place a needle minder on the front of the fabric at the side of the frame, and place the separate magnet on the back of the fabric directly below the needle minder on the front. The minder is held in place by the magnet on the back.  The needle and threads that are not in use can then be brought up to the front of the work and placed on top of the magnetic needle minder to keep the thread out of the way (see picture of needle minder in use on the squirrel embroidery below).

When you turn the frame over to finish a thread off you do not have needles and threads dangling off the embroidery as the needles are held on the minder.

Embroidery Stretcher Bar Frames

NEEDLE MINDER SIZE

Resin Needle Minders: 1 3/4 inches (4 1/2 cm) by 1 1/4 inches (3 1/4 cm)

Mini Turtle Abalone Needle Minder: 3/4 inch (2 cm) by 5/8 inch (1 1/2 cm)

COST

Needle Minder: $14.45 Canadian Dollars

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PRICKER, POUNCE AND VELUM SET

Click here to read instructions on how to do the Prick and Pounce method of design transfer

The set includes the steel pricker, Pattern Pounce (pouncing tool), Pounce and a piece of Velum tracing paper 6 inches by 6 inches (15 cm by 5 cm) at a reduced price. Save money by purchasing the prick and pounce set rather than purchasing the supplies seperately.

18 Grams of Pounce (1 tub) at least 100 x transfers from 10 inch by 10 inch prickings.

COST

Wooden Pricker, Container of Pounce, Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $32.00 Canadian Dollars

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Steel Pricker, Container of Pounce, Pattern Pounce and Velum Tracing Paper Set: $30.00 Canadian Dollars

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BOHIN TRANSFER PENCIL TO DRAW OVER POUNCE LINES

Bohin Transfer Pencil with White and Grey Lead: $22.95 Canadian Dollars

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EXTRA SHEET OF VELUM TRACING PAPER

1 x 11" by 8 1/2" Sheet of Velum Tracing Paper: $0.80 Canadian Dollars

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Cost of Tweezers

$5.00 CDN

 


 

STAINLESS STEEL TWEEZERS

Non Magnetic

These very fine tip tweezers are excellent tools for a wide range of embroidery purposes. They make great unpicking tools to grab those tiny threads your finger nails just can't keep a hold of.

TWEEZER SIZE

Length: 5 inches (12 1/2 cm)   Width: 1/4 inch (3/4 cm)

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A-Z OF THREAD PAINTING

Hard back book ring bound, 128 pages, published by Search Press Classics.

This book has a variety of thread painting projects ranging from beginners to advanced. Thread painting is also known as needle painting, soft shading, long and short stitch and silk shading.

Designs in the book include albatross, emu, eagle, meadow song, elephant blowing bubbles, sea shell and starfish, anemones, apples, lily, rose with rose hips, fuchsia, heartsease (pansies), briar rose, dahlia, rose with spider web, pear, lavender, tulip, wine merchants window.

The book also features my baby burrowing owl which is an beginners design, and my wolf, baby wren, spaniel and Siamese cat which are all advanced designs.

A chapter at the beginning of the book has the work in progress pictures of the long and short stitch and other stitches used on the thread painting designs. There is a chapter on working a thread painting project from beginning to end with work-in-progress photos of my baby burrowing owl.

Because of the complexity of the thread painting technique the book does not have work-in-progress photos of each of the projects featured in the book which could be a disadvantage if you are a beginner in the thread painting technique.

If you are a beginner I would suggest working my baby burrowing owl kit and have the A-Z of thread painting book for reference. The kit has detailed instructions with lots of diagrams to work the embroidery and the A-Z of Thread Painting book has step-by-step colour photos of the baby burrowing owl as a visual guide to keep you on right track.

BOOK COST

A-Z of Thread Painting Book: $29.95 Canadian Dollars

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BABY BURROWING OWL KIT

Baby Burrowing Owl Needle Painting Kit: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SILK SHADING

Soft back book, 48 pages, written by Clare Hanham (trained at the Royal School of Needlework) and published by Search Press

A simple guide to needle painting. There are photograph stages of the long and short stitch on flowers, leaves and a butterfly with instructions.

You will get a better understanding of the needle painting (silk shading) technique from one of my needle painting kits as there are diagrams and more detailed instructions but it is a good book to have photograph stages of an embroidery which you would not get from my needle painting instruction booklets.

To try one of my needle painting kits visit the following page of my website: Needle Painting Kits

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CREWEL & SURFACE EMBROIDERY

INSPIRATIONAL FLORAL DESIGNS

Soft back book, 144 pages, written by Trish Burr and published by Milner Craft Series

Selection of stylized floral bouquets designs for embroidery.

Stitches include satin stitch, long and short stitch and basic embroidery stitches such as French Knots and Fly stitch. The designs are suitable to be worked in crewel wool, embroidery floss or silk threads and incorporate needle painting techniques.

I can provide linen twill fabric to work the designs in crewel wok or the southern belle muslin fabric is you prefer to work the designs in embroidery floss or silk threads.

BOOK COST

Crewel & Surface Embroidery Book: $26.95 Canadian Dollars

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LONG AND SHORT STITCH EMBROIDERY

A Collection of Flowers

Soft back book, 128 pages, written by Trish Burr and Published by Sally Milner Publishing.

A nice collection of flowers to embroider in the needle painting technique.

I would recommend this book if you have had some experience in long and short stitch.

The book does not have diagrams on how to stitch each petal and leaf of the flowers like you will get when you purchase one of my needle painting kits but it is a good book if you have worked a few of my designs and are now familiar with the technique and would like some more flower designs to stitch. I think that the flowers have a nice artistic quality.

To try one of my needle painting kits visit the following page of my website: Needle Painting Kits

BOOK COST

Long and Short Stitch Embroidery Book: $25.95 Canadian Dollars

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