Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Twine ♥ : :

You all know how much I love to share gorgeous stacks of fabric. Well, today I thought I'd share something else I've been crushing hard on lately -- Divine Twine! I'd also love to get your own thoughts on incorporating twine into our sewing projects.

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I've been using twine occasionally in my own sewing projects and it's something I'm planning to do a lot more of. One of my recent favorites was when I added a running twine stitch along the border of my Valentine Mini Quilt.

Valentine Improv Mini -- black & Binding + stitched with bakers twine

This week I'm dreaming of making a new twine pom pom garland in time for Easter decorating. Making those twine poms poms was so fun and an easy project for little helpers, too.

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I also plan to add twine hand quilting to an upcoming Riley Blake Design Team project I have in the works. I think the stripey colors of twine pairs so nicely with these chevrons.

Whisker Graphics Twine and RBD Chevrons

I invited Whisker Graphics to be a sponsor here on the blog and I am so happy they accepted! Having a chance to work with such a lovely shop, who's twine is made in the USA, 100% cotton, so it's soft to the touch, bio-degradable and earth-friendly -- well I love it! I'm excited to be able to add them as a sponsor and to use such a great product in my stitch work!

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Please do check out their site. I'm also using their super cute chick stickers now when shipping out my orders, when I can keep them away from the kids that is, we all love those! And, be sure to stay tuned for a Whisker Graphics giveaway or two in the weeks ahead!

Now, I'd love to know what you think about working with twine? Do you use it or have a fun idea of your own? I'd love to hear! And please share links -- I think a Divine Twine Pinterest board is in order!!

31 comments:

  1. I've seen twine used to wrap up a brown paper package...there's something so sweet about that. And lots of scrapbookers are using it! I like how you used it to sew up the edging. I'd like to see more ideas...of sewing with twine. I need to get a bunch for myself...I'm a huge "made in America" supporter! Go Rick Santorum!!!

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  2. Twine reminds me of my macrame, hippie days in the 70s. It'll make great pompoms! I love your garlands--in fact I think they were what I noticed first in your Christmas pictures this year when I became a follower. I remember thinking "I can do that!" And, also, "why didn't I think of that??" I love the "Made in USA"--I still equate that with quality as I did when I was a small child growing up in a world where "Made in USA" and "Union Made" were the rule instead of the exception. Happy Wednesday!

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  3. I love the idea of twine pom poms. I'm gonna check out your now!

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  4. I love twine always have...My dad farmed tobacco years ago and he would let me have spools of his tobacco twine occasionally until....The day I got a brand new spool of tobacco twine and wrapped and tied everything in the house together like one giant spider web! I was a creative child. :) However, I got the last laugh...while in college installation pieces were just coming on the art scene...You guessed it...I was invited to create a work of art and I used twine and fishing line in a local art gallery. I think I would cry if someone told me I could never use twine, string, yarn etc in my artworks.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  5. I've never used twine, but I think it'd be fun- do you know about "couching"? Its a kind of embroidery where you simply lay the (twine) down and then take itty bitty stitches over it and into the fabric to hold it in place. I think twine would be so super cute that way! http://www.needlenthread.com/2006/10/couching-video-tutorial.html

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    1. What a brilliant idea! Thank you SO much for sharing!!

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  6. I think it is a great idea. That twine is so cool. I love Caren's idea.

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  7. I just purchased my first roll of Divine Twine a few months ago, and am using it for a wedding favor. It's lovely stuff! I love the idea of using it for handquilting accents. Clever!

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  8. I love this twine! I like to wrap gifts with it. It's funny how something so simple always makes people so excited!

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  9. I just love the new twines. Like everyone, I use them for wrapping gifts.

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  10. I love twine :) I mostly use it to scrapbook with and wrap packages, but I would really like to use it to hand quilt in the future.

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  11. Whisker Graphics looks marvelous...I had a wonderful visit to their shop just now. This is the kind of stuff I love using for parties. I often make boxed lunches wrapped in twine to serve to my guests, and colorful little bags are fantastic for favors. Thanks for sharing such a great sponsor!

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  12. that twine makes me so happy! i wish i had it in every single color!

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  13. I've kinda become twine obsessed. I only have 2 colors... but I use it on practically everything! I don't know what it is about twine, but it makes me smile!

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  14. I have been looking at twine when I go into the Hobby and Craft stores, but the cost is stupid. I love to use it for various projects to garden to cards, tie ribbon together.

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  15. I am so happy we all agree that twine is wonderful!! Since I mostly just gush about designer fabrics, I was wondering if you all would share my enthusiasm for twine! I'm so happy you do!! Isn't it funny how excited it makes us, I love it!!!

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  16. Since first seeing the gorgeous colored twines I've also been wanting to buy a bunch. I love seeing the stitching on some of the quilts I've seen using it.

    On your little kite block, I'd have to embellish further myself. I think using that twine for the kite string would be adorable.

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  17. could you do couching with it? I've done that with yarn before on the long arm ( a pain because I had to do the zig zag squiggles)

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  18. You've opened up a whole new world for me. To me, twine has always been plain and used to wrap baking boxes or something. I had no idea it came in so many pretty colors. Now I think I just might have to get some and use it in my sewing. Fun! :) Thank you for a great post!

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  19. As a metal jewelry artist I'm not sure how I would use it, but it is really cool and great colors.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  20. The twine is very cute on your quilt! I like to use it for my jewelry (I do hemp jewelry but sometimes use twine)

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  21. Oooh, such pretty colours *drool* I'd love it for some kite strings, or washing lines, or rocket jet streams...

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  22. Sounds like you'll have to do some couching now, Maureen. Go for it!

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  23. I don't have a project in mind but I'd love a spool of every color.... so pretty to look at.

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  24. I hadn't seen if before. The first thing that came to mind was friendship bracelets. Then I thought of weaving.

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  25. I've never used it on a sewing project. Intriguied to see what everyone willcome up with.

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  26. Lovely and colorful! thanks for sharing this stuff- looks good! Those chicks are just too darn sweet too :)

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  27. Hi Maureen! I'm haven't used these and I thought they are thicker and more for using in packets. But because they are good for quilting, I would love to use them! They will make really unique quilting and details to our crafts!
    x Teje

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  28. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't learn about all these great new products! I love that twine and how great to use for quilting with those chevron fabrics you showed...stunning! I wonder how they'd work for crocheting with....hmmm...I have to order some of those!

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  29. Bakers twine seems really hard to come by in the UK, and it's really expensive. But I have a little stack that I have ordered from eBay, and so far I have used it to stitch a birthday card for my husband and to wrap presents.

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  30. Maureen, I love your aesthetic and interest in American Made products. We recently launched a new line of Cotton Solids that are 100% made in America (americanmadebrand.com). I'm planning a blog tour thru each of the 50 states ("Travel the US! No Gas Required!"). It involves designing a new license plate for your state using whatever techniques you choose, writing instructions for making it, blogging about what you made with a fabric giveaway (we'll provide) and then selling your block pattern. I'm thinking 5/19-6/20 for the tour. Rather than spell out all the details, shoot me an email if you'd like to represent Pennsylvania. I think this could be really fun and spur the economy with these potentially collectible block designs. Look forward to hearing from you!

    Candice@clothworks.com

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