Well my holiday anyway, I am back to work next week. I should have been doing heaps and heaps of sewing but I have been a bit slack over the last few days so it has just been a bit here and there. I am going to have to really pull my finger out over the weekend and put in some solid hours. Have done a bit of cutting out though so a few pieces are all ready to sew.
I have become a convert to Aurifil Thread in the last few months and am going to replace all my general sewing thread with Aurifil as I run out. I am trying the 28wt cotton which is quite thick and I read on my Aurifil Iphone App that it is great for hand work and can be used in the top of the machine but it recommends using a lighter weight thread in the bobbin. Of course I read this after the fact and just filled the bobbin and put it on my machine. I am using a needle with a larger eye in it that which is the usually needle I use for machine quilting and it hasn't missed a beat. The thicker thread is great with the raw linen that I am sewing with at the moment.
I have to say that I love the look of the raw linen it is a timeless classic but I HATE sewing with it. This one is so hard on the hands when trying to manipulate sewing the circle into the bottom of the holders so although I really love the look of this holder I don't think I will be making a huge amount of them, just one or 2 for each stall I think I will be able to manage. It did give me a chance to use some of my Yardage Design offcuts that I got a few weeks ago, which I love and want to get some more of especially the agapathus fabric.