If you are into applique, then you know how great it is to have a nice variety of thread colors. However, with the price of thread increasing as it has in the last year or two, this can get quite expensive when buying an entire spool. A couple of years ago, I ran across what is called a 'Frosted Donut.' It sounds yummy and it is but not in the way you might think. The Frosted Donut is a bobbin ring filled with bobbins full of a nice variety of thread colors from the Superior Masterpiece collection. They are sold at Piece O'Cake Designs and come in 2 sets:
|Frosted Donut ~ Set 2|
|Frosted Donut ~ Set 1|
The cost for each donut is $39.00 but look at all the color variety you have at your fingertips. I love taking these with me when I travel.
If you run out of a particular color, you can order the bobbins individually for $1.00.
You can get additional information about the Frosted Donuts by clicking HERE
Elly Sienkiewciz, the queen of applique, likes to use the YLI silk thread. I have used YLI silk and do like it because it truly does sink into the fabric. Even though I love this feature about the thread there is one thing that frustrates me so much that I have refrained from using it. The YLI silk thread is very, very fine and delicate and as a result it tends to slip out of my needle most of the time. Because of this, I end up stopping to re-thread a lot which wastes a lot of time that could be spent stitching.
|Thread Caddy by Pat Campbell|
The Thread Caddy holds 48 spools of 220 yd thread, and it has a special pocket for your applique notions. Plus, the fabric strips along the top (shown in red) make it possible to pull the thread through so you don't have to unzip to remove the spool every time you want to use a particular color. I love this feature because it really helps to keep my thread neat and organized.
Here's what it looks like when closed:
|Thread Caddy Closed|
I got my Thread Caddy from the Pacific Rim Quilt Company but I'm sure there are other places where it is available. The Pacific Rim Quilt Company has a very nice variety of great applique notions and Aurifil thread in addition to beautiful fabrics and Hawaiian applique patterns. It's one of my favorite online places to shop. If you are interested in checking out this great shop, click HERE
There are a lot of thread choices as well as thread organizers out there and today I just wanted to share with you the ones that work the best for me.
Whatever you have planned this week, I hope you get the chance to carve out a little time just for you ~ doing something that makes you smile ~ and thanks for sharing a part of your day today with me!