Tips and Tricks


There is nothing like having a few tricks up your sleeve when working on a project.

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  • When using beading thread, be sure to stretch the nylon thread before using it.  If you don't the thread will stretch while stitching with it and your beads will sag over time.


  • Using Thread Heaven will tame the nylon thread to make it easier to stitch on fabric.


  • Since beading thread is so strong, it is best to use when attaching buttons and beads onto crazy quilts.




Crazy Quilting:

  • When piecing a crazy quilt, the piecing lines should not be parallel to one another.  The lines should meet at some point, either within the crazy quilt project or far away into the distance. 


  • The typical choice for a crazy quilt foundation fabric is muslin, but any lightweight fabric can be used.


  • If you ever have a difficult time deciding what stitches to use on your block, a block embroidered with variations of one stitch may be a nice change of pace. 


  • Choose a variety of print fabrics, solid fabrics and textured fabrics in your crazy quilt block.  Also, alternate them when piecing your block, this helps the block "flow" better.


  • Don't feel restricted when choosing fabrics, feel free to include exotic and unusual fabrics.


  • Press as you piece. It really does make a difference in the end result.


  • If you need to press your project after embellishing, do it from the wrong side.  If your project has dimension on it; for example, beads, Silk Ribbon, wired ribbon; lay a fluffy towel on the ironing board then your project wrong side up.  The towel will help to cushion the dimensional aspects of your project.



  • When creating a long cast-on stitch or bullion stitch, cut all perle threads the same length and you can forget the counting of each stitch.


  • Embroidery floss is best used for counted cross stitch projects.  Perle cotton thread and silk perle thread are best used for embroidery projects, like crazy quilting. 


  • Even though Silk Ribbon is a strong and durable fiber, it should be handled with care.  Make sure your hands stay clean and your fingernails are filed smoothly to prevent snagging the Silk Ribbon.


  • When a project is washable, like cotton fabric, and it has Silk Ribbon on it, we have found that quilt soap or "Ivory Snow" works great.  Be sure to test a small area before washing the entire project.  For example, we have a cotton jacket with perle cotton embroidery, Silk Ribbon embroidery and rushed wired ribbon on it that washes great every time.


  • With all threads/Silk Ribbons, the needle needs to be large enough to make a hole that will allow the thread/Silk Ribbon to go through the fabric with minimum stress to the thread/Silk Ribbon.


  • We use Chenille Needles for Silk Ribbon Embroidery.  It is sharp and glides through the fabric nicely.  A long eyed needle and needle shank size is based on the Silk Ribbon width; for example:


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