Friday, April 30, 2010

Migration/ Bearding is so slight

So this morning in the light of day I am finishing the open wool batting samples and upon closer inspection there is a slight amount of migration. Everything I read about open batts said "severe migration/bearding issues." Maybe that is the case with Merino wools, but is not the case here. These photos are after washing this sample and I had to fold it back and photograph and edge to be able to see any at all. So I made another with 1/2 black backing and here are the photos of both so you can see too. Now these are low thread count muslin's I used in my sample so I imagine using good quality quilt shop fabrics would greatly improve the results. Double click the photo to get a larger view-

Wow! Wool is amazing

I got one sample done last night and it took me some time to get the hang of  hand needling on this wonderful wool. Your needle springs back at you, it's so resilient.  So I am afraid my stitches are not  great on the sample. I was just starting to get my rhythm when I came to the end of the row of stitches.
 I plan to do some hand needling on the next one too, in the hopes I will do this sample justice! I was amazed there was NO bearding. Not when I hand or machine stitched, NONE! I did nothing to prepare the batt, no cheesecloth, nothing. This is not a fine merino wool, it is Suffolk/Dorset cross and they tell me their wool is coarser which is why the bearing is not such a problem, I'm sold!
 I want to sleep under a quilt made with this batt and they have this program if your guild orders 9 batts they will give you a queen size free that can be used for a raffle quilt or whatever you want. All the issues I have heard about wool batts did not present themselves in my testing of this brand.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The wool has arrived

OMG! I never expected it to look like this! The open wool batt arrived from Cedarview farms and boy is it ever luscious! Bet you can guess who is going to wielding a needle tonight!! I can't wait to try this batting out! Thanks Lauren for getting it here in time to include it in Mondays lecture!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I am afraid I too have Klosjes fever!

 I  have come down with the Klosjes fever! The first few I made I didn't really like (bottom left) . They look like half empty spools to me. So a kind friend (Thanks SEW much Linda) redrafted it for me in EQ and now they look half full. I am definitely a half full kind of gal!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Waiting for a PLA(corn) batt and an open wool from Cedarview Farms to arrive

Its going to be cutting it real close but I really want these batts in my samples for my lecture next Monday!
There are still some manufactuers that never responded to my letters or e-mails. SO if anybody uses a batt that is not on my list and they have some left over I sure would appreciate it if you could send it to me! Just shoot me an e-mail and tell me what you have! Thanks-