While I was vending in Athens, Ohio recently, I had a chance to try a new embellishment technique from Kreinik Threads: iron-on metallic thread. The company had several make-it stations, and I opted for the greeting card:
The iron-on threads are available in a flat 1/8″ ribbon and #16 braid. They adhered quickly to the coated paper, making tight corners was a little tricky, but possible with patience. While showing off my simple card to my mother (who happens to be an important sewing advisor and art critic to me), we had a discussion about the possibility of iron-on thread being a bit of cheating, or at best a cheap shortcut. My immediate response was, “how often do you sew with metallic thread, and do you enjoy it?” We both agreed that we hardly ever use metallic thread by hand or by machine, mainly because it is difficult to work with. I have found metallic thread to be unruly, nearly impossible to put through a needle, and it shreds easily. With this new way of working with metallic thread, think of it as another embellishing tool, not a sewing thread. The shimmer would add much interest to some art collages, a little goes a long way.
This new metallic thread option still has some drawbacks. The mini tacking irons that I used in the workshop were a little dangerous, and I really have doubts about the Teflon press cloth stuck to the irons. Hot Teflon is nasty stuff, and combined with the melting synthetic fibers, there was a noxious odor in the workshop space all weekend. I’m searching for a safer tacking iron, and I hope to find a way to use these threads with parchment paper to reduce my exposure to the chemicals. Of course, I will post about my quest here in the upcoming weeks.
Meanwhile, I normally avoid current events and social commentary, but on this 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, I have a simple request. Next time that you have the chance, please thank your local first responders – police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians. A few words of appreciation means a lot to them. And of course, our military members, current and past.