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    Default Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    I'm wanting to attempt hand quilting a simple table runner with embroidery floss. Can someone help me with thickness of floss and size of needle? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    I would use one or 2 strands (personal preference) and I use a regular embroidery needle. You could PM Lilmouse, I think she has been doing this. Our resident vintage style quilter is currently unavailable.
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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    I am going to try this myself soon. I sandwiched my sample to practice on. If I am not mistaken Blondie uses Perle cotton #8 and a between needle or any needle with a big enough eye.

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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    Are you going to embroider like on a crazy quilt? If so, I've used both 6 strand floss and perle cottons. Just depends on the look I am going for or the mood I am in. The only problem I have is finding a sewing needle with a big enough eye for the perle cotton, especially for the #8 size, because typically, you need a #24 or #26 tapestry needle, but those tend to only have blunt ends.
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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    I've been using Perle cotton #8 as well. Not sure what size needle I used last; has to have a large enough eye for sure. Since the stiches can be bigger than normal, a little bit larger needle hasn't been too much of a problem yet. I just started doing this, so no expert for sure.
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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    Hi Everyone; Blondie helped me with mine....I personally prefer #8 perle cotton...you can get the basic colors at JoAnns or any craft store should carry them...I used an embroidery needle to start with and then moved to a betweens needle with the larger eye...make sure to get the larger eye...I love primitive stitching by hand, also known as big stitch...the difference is both Blondie and I use the normal rocking motion done with any hand quilting...big stitch quilting teaches to use a running stitch...I just prefer the rocking motion myself! I am working on my second lap quilt using this method...all of the COC quilts that I have done all have primitive stitching around the circles at least once....I am almost ready to start doing the whole quilt like Blondie does just using a different pattern than she does.....hope this helps those who are interested.
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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    This is the look I'm going for with just a single row of stitching....Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    Yes she does use perle 8 cotton, but has used embroidery floss. I think it depends on the look you want to achieve.
    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Hallman View Post
    I am going to try this myself soon. I sandwiched my sample to practice on. If I am not mistaken Blondie uses Perle cotton #8 and a between needle or any needle with a big enough eye.
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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    Quote Originally Posted by leeannamm View Post
    This is the look I'm going for with just a single row of stitching....Click image for larger version. 

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    That looks like a running stitch to me. It would work here, if you want the back to look like this too. I like this look too.
    Last edited by Lindagie; October 15th, 2013 at 11:27 PM.
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    Default Re: Hand quilting with embroidery floss help

    Perle cotton #8 should be perfect then. Looking forward to seeing pics when you are finished.
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