Dec 14 11

Season’s Greetings!

Gosh, I haven’t posted in ages!  It hasn’t been deliberate: I just haven’t made anything worth posting about.  But now I‘ve stitched up something worth posting about …don’t you love this feathered wreath?  It’s  a machine embroidered applique wreath made using the Plume Family die.  I used Floriani thread for the entire thing and I love how it came out.  Here’s a close up shot that shows off the pretty thread work better:

Floriani thread has more of a sheen than typical polyester embroidery threads do, so it kind of acts more like a rayon thread.  I’ve used it for quilting but I’ve just started using it for machine embroidery and I LOVE IT!!!!  This wreath was embroidered directly on the fabric block and here’s a sheet of these embroidered plume shapes on water dissolvable stabilizer:

These plume badges were embroidered with Isacord Polyester Thread.  I like how they came out as well and am mulling over what I’ll do with them. I just can’t get over how much thread work can add to a design!

I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping and plan to make some real headway tomorrow.  If you’re still looking for some great gifts, we’ve got a wonderful special in our online store now.  All products made by Patsy Thompson Designs are 20% off the normal retail price through 6:00 am eastern time on 12/19/11!  This means that any of our DVDs, books, stencils, Appli-K-Kutz dies, and patterns are 20% off!  To get the discount, enter “Holidays” (minus the quotes but with a capital H)  in the discount code box during checkout and the discount will be applied in the last stage of checkout.

I’ll close with a shot of a Christmas time sunset off our deck:


  1. SewCalGal Says:

    You are a natural with this machine embroidery. Love what you are creating with it.


  2. a1angiem Says:

    Just beautiful! The wreath mesmerizes…and that view ain’t bad! After Christmas I am GOING to hyperquilt! All your thread work is so inspiring. I hope you and your have a wonderful holiday! All the best…

  3. Leah Day Says:

    Okay, I’ve gotta ask – how in the world did you get the little twisted rope edge on each one? Is that machine embroidery or couching???

  4. Darlene Says:

    I am wondering what the weight of this beautiful thread is and what you opposed it with in the bobbin. I wish you a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year.

  5. Elsie Montgomery Says:

    My question is the same as Leah’s… how did you do that?

  6. Cornwoman Says:

    It’s beautiful! I’m with Leah though, I want to know how you get that twisty rope with two colors or the blue one that looks like beads. Is it the particular thread, like a variegated or the type of stitch that you are doing or ?????? Inquiring minds need to know!

  7. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    I love how the thread looks on the pieces, I definitely have to start practicing with threads and machine quilting.


  8. Sew Quilt Embroider Says:

    Your designs just GLOW. I can’t wait to try some of your designs and fabrics!

  9. Leslie McNeil Says:

    Love it Patsy. And the sunset is stunning. Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  10. Alice Says:

    Merry Christmas Patsy!

    Your embroidery plumes are spectacular. What a treat to try a thread in a new way. You’ve done good, girl!

    Wishing you all the best this holiday season, and a joyous New Year.