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Julie Yonge © 2007

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The Houston International Quilt Market and Show are at the end of this month. If you have never attended, I certainly recommend it highly! With the advent of the Show on the horizon, I recently received a request from a Kreinik sales representative to do a project for them, which would artistically display their beautiful threads and could be used at their Houston Show booth. I was happy to do so, but it took some thought as to what I might do to really display their threads appropriately. I was given some size criteria, but I could use any theme I wished.

Several years ago, Stephanie Novatski did an article on a Kimono design she created. (http://cqmagonline.com/vol03iss01/articles/art223/art223.shtml) It was quite beautiful and lent itself to some creative stitching and beading.  Although the design Stephanie came up with was quite a bit larger than what I was to asked to do, I decided this would be a great backdrop for stitching with all types of beautiful Kreinik threads.

I first drew my design in the size area I was asked to work within, scanned my design into the computer printed it out several times so that I could cut it up into the various pieces that would comprise my kimono. Basically they would be my pattern pieces, all I had to do was add seam allowances. I pulled together different fabrics from my stash to use for my kimono and decided on different blacks to contrast with the stitching I would do. I used a lavender silk dupioni (a remnant from my niece’s bridesmaid dress worn at her brother’s wedding) for the background. Next I cut out my pattern pieces and used the machine for what I could comfortably; such as the fanned skirt, the sleeves and the bodice. All I had left now were about four or five major pieces that comprised the kimono. Using a bit of misty fuse to hold them in place, I laid my pieces onto the background and appliquéd them into place, starting with the fanned skirt and then adding the other pieces one at a time. I made the obi separately like a little pillow and even put a bit of polyfill in it to give it a 3-D look. The obi was the last thing added after all my stitching was completed.

I began embellishing with some trim to the outer edges of the sleeves, along with Kreinik threads bordering the trim. I embroidered a design on the sleeves with Kreinik red metallic thread and then began to stitch each of the seams of the fanned skirt, the bodice, the sleeves and the bottom of the skirt all with different sizes, types and colors of Kreinik threads that lent themselves to my overall theme. I even used some of Kreinik’s iron-on threads on the obi and bottom of the fanned skirt. Once I completed all my stitching, I added some batting and a back and completed the block.

I decided to add the butterfly on the front for some added texture and fun. I found a fabric that had this particular butterfly printed on it and cut out two, one for the front and one for the back of the butterfly. I fused the front of the butterfly to some fast-to-fuse and then added my stitching and beads. Once the front was complete, I added the other butterfly fabric I had cut out to the back of the fast-to-fuse and then cut the shape carefully so as not to interfere with any of my stitching.  I used an eighteen karat gold leaf pen to finish the outside edges of the butterfly, then attached it to the block only at the center so there would be movement and depth.

I was able to use the scan of my design to make a label for the back of the block which outlined all the stitches and threads I had used in the kimono and butterfly, and printed this onto a Jacquard silk sheet which I fused to the back of the block with misty fuse.

I think the Kreinik threads, silks and metallics really add sparkle and texture to this piece and give it a certain richness. I encourage you to try some of these beautiful Kreinik threads, I believe you will be extremely pleased with them.

As a side note, Stephanie Novatski had asked that anyone who used her design show our readers what we came up with – so, here you are Stephanie. Thank you so much for the inspiration!


Kreinik Threads: silks, metallics, braids, ribbons, iron-ons.
Joggles: Jacquard Silk Printing Sheets, Misty Fuse
CQMagOnline: Stephanie Novatski article: http://cqmagonline.com/vol03iss01/articles/art223/art223.shtml

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