The Old Tattered Flag

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What makes your heart sing?

What makes your heart sing?  What is that one thing that when you see it you just stop dead in your tracks?  I have many things that make my heart sing, in fact, while antiquing in New Hampshire last week I had one of those know.....where there is a ray of light shining down on that one thing.  It was a very old hooked rug.  I digress....I'll talk about that later.    I have to say that for me and many of my customers one of those things that make our heart sing is thread!  I love it.  One of my favorite ladies, JoAnn, came in the shop yesterday and when she saw my new rack filled with Valdani she stopped short.  I knew she could relate....she felt it.....her heart was singing.   

Thread!!  I love it!!!!

Valdani thread........I am an addict.  I want them all, every color.  Ok, maybe not the brights, after all I am still a primitive gal, but many of our customers enjoy the brights and I think they are pretty too, so, the more the merrier, lol.   For Mom her thing is wool, and don't get me wrong, I love it too, but thread.....oh boy.  Every time I walk by this rack and these colors I have to run my fingers over it.

 I fought the urge to bring in some solid Valdani but soon it got me.  Look at those colors!

...and then a little bit of whimsy.  After all, for me thread is eye candy, so what better display than an old gum ball dispenser?  Fun!!

As you know, I'm a puncher.  That is craft of choice for my threads.  I mean, just look at those tiny little loops.  

This one below shows a mix of different styles and sizes of Valdani (3 strand, #8 Perle and #5 Perle).  You really would never know.  It's really kind of like a symphony of thread.....the harmonies are perfect!

Even solid skeins tug at my heart.  Is there anything more comforting than having a pretty antique wooden sewing chest, box or basket filled with skeins of thread?

Then there are the hand dyeds.  Oh, just look at the color.  This is my own hand dyed brown/blacks thread.  I started dyeing threads years ago and though when I brought Valdani in to the shop I would retire it, but I just can't let it go.  It also yields a different look when punched, more spotty.  It's own individuality!

Then there is the new kid on the block.....100% wool Moire thread.  This thread is equally fabulous but just a little bit different.  Not for the faint of heart.  Because of the fact that it is 100% wool this thread requires a soft hand.  We are willing to be a bit more gentle with this beauty because of it's purity and beauty.  

Thread has become such an omni-present part of my life in my everyday work that it is now a big part of our booth when we travel to hook-ins.  Ladies who attend hook-ins love texture and color and are immediately drawn in by the eye candy as I am.  

So, that's just one thing that makes my heart sing.  What is yours?

Until next time......


sandy quilts said...

I love your blog Julie! I've been a quilter for many years and have dabbled in basket making, punch needle, wool appliqué and rug hooking. Most of my crafts require thread so I get how much you love it!! I can't wait to do more work on all of the kits I bought from you. Thanks for all of your inspiration. Fabric, wool and thread all make my heart sing.
Sandy Davis, Long Island, NY

Renee Goodwin said...

What an awesome post Julie! You just made my day! Love the Valdani & all your Hand Dyed Threads! ☺

Jacqueline said...

Fabric does it for me.

theoldtatteredflag said...

Thank you Sandy!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Thank you Renee, it was nice seeing you the other day. Enjoy your Stone House Runner!

theoldtatteredflag said...

Me too!

kelley said...

wool and more wool...even better if I've dyed it and it turns out good!

JustGail said...

Threads. Fabrics. Yarns. I guess they could be considered the adult form of crayons & color pencils. I guess crayons and color pencils are no longer "kids stuff" any more though. All in lots and lots of colors neatly arranged. Not necessarily in color order, just orderly.

Claire said...

I agree with you about the threads. So beautiful. I use the Valdani for big stitch quilting and the Moire for wool applique embellishments. It is not smooth like Valdani but adds some wonderful texture as the colours are amazing. Always something new to catch your eye, isn't there?

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