Debbie Renton (right) is a patchworker and quilter who has always enjoyed embroidery, particularly using her various sewing machines!
More than 35 members and guests were fascinated to hear of the different types and weights of threads available and the effects you can achieve with them.
Debbie was very generous with her hints covering the problems most of us have had at some time with some of the fancier threads available.
Click the links below to see Debbie’s own very helpful tips and also a very informative report from the YLI website, which she mentioned in her talk:
Below are some of Debbie’s machine stitch samplers, most worked on either ticking or cotton canvas. She advises to use a Vilene stabiliser with stitching as intensive as this to avoid puckering.
Debbie, who at one time worked for a Canadian thread company, has demonstrated at shows all over the UK. A favourite with visitors was her gecko. “People would keep coming back to the stand to see how he was coming along”, said Debbie. Here he is along with other examples of her work:
Here is some of Debbie’s recent work including some of her mythical horses, of which she did a series.