Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Thread exchange

I participate in a thread exchange organised by Kathy Lowe and was given five exchange partners. I have received some wonderful thread most of which I have never used before for the the simple reason I cannot find them here except on the INS - and I don't buy stuff online very much.

Bridgitte sent me some Valdani thread in perle cotton # 12 and and Valdani quilting thread 35 wt, and so did Kathy. There was also a spool of buttonhole silk (Amann) from Brigitte which was heaven to tat with.

From Sylvia, I received some Gutterman pure silk, Altin Basak 50 and Manuela 20 in beautiful gold colour. And Abby has also sent me two samples of Altin Basak 50 in beautiful pink and pale blue-pink combination colours.

I have not finished trying out all of them yet, but here is a picture of what I have. The motif that I used is from the book Tatting Pattern and Designs by Blomqvist and Persson. As I was working them, I realised that they are very much like the motif of the pyramid orchid mat that Laura has made. It is a beautiful motif. Now I can understand why Laura can't stop making them.

The second from the top is the Valdani 35wt from Brigitte. It was difficult working with it at the beginning, but it got better and I quite enjoy working with. In fact, I enjoyed it a lot that I bought a spool of quilting thread to try working with fine thread. The thread is Sulky 30wt and the motif from this thread is the one right on top.

This dark coloured one is using the Amann buttonhole silk from Brigitte.

This pink one is using the Altin Basak 50 from Sylvia, which is another wonderful thread to tat with. The other Altin Basak that I received from Abby are in close shades of pink. I think I can make a bigger mat using all these together.

This purple-green variegated is from Kathy, a Valdani Perle cotton size 12. I have never tatted using perle cotton before. I think the shape holds up very well.

There are a few more thread that I have yet to try. The vibrant multicoloured Manuela is from Dorcas, who also sent me some beads in the same colour shades. I don't have a motif for using this yet because I want to put the beads in. The gold-coloured Manuela is from Sylvia and the green variegated Valdani is from Kathy. The two samples from Abby is in the middle.

Thank you to all my exchange partners. And thank you, Kathy for organising the exchange.


  1. The threads are beautiful! I especially like the purple and green variegated.

  2. Great exchange! At least now you have a chance to try out some new threads available abroad. Perhaps you'll start clicking on the 'Add to Cart' button more often from now on ;)

  3. Your motifs are lovely. It is very interesting to see the same motif worked in different threads. The pattern you used is what mine came from. I couldn't find out where the pattern was or to whom it belonged, so I made it up looking at the pictures on Snowy's blog. Now I have bought the book. I am glad you had fun with your thread exchange.


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