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Last Christmas DH and Connecting Threads did a great job filling my stocking with all kinds of treats, and I wanted to comment on one I've fallen in love with.  I am new to applique and had read about how silk thread can help make one' stitches almost invisible.  I've been appliqueing using the YLI Neutral gift set from CT and it's amazing---the thread is strong, yet finer than a hair, and I'm feeling like an expert with my tiny, really-and-truly-almost-invisible stitches.  How does it compare to other silk thread?  My options are limited where i live, but I did pick up a couple of spools of Gutermann's silk thread (I love their quilting thread!), but the Gutermann version is much thicker and coarser, really indistinguishable from the cotton.  Oh, and the Roxanne applique needles?  they're great too!

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Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on June 6, 2011 at 9:33am
Oh, Kathryn--that would work great---especially for really tiny pieces!  What a good idea!
Comment by Kathryn Benson on June 6, 2011 at 8:18am
I have used silk thread for English paper piecing when I put the pieces together.  I just use old cheapy for the basting part.
Comment by Kathy/WA on June 5, 2011 at 3:30pm
Joana, you forgot the pictures!  Sounds like your having fun.  You should start a new wish list, this year is going by way to fast.
Comment by Trudy/WI on June 5, 2011 at 12:17pm

Thanks for the input!  I haven't done a lot of applique, but I have some, and I have a daytime group I get together with once a month where most of the ladies do hand applique and said they love silk thread and straw needles. I will definitely have to try CT's sometime, thanks for letting us know!

 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 5, 2011 at 11:35am
I use silk thread for applique too.  Most of mine is YLI, however.  You are right -- it totally disappears even if the color match isn't all that close.  The neutral colors work with almost anything.  I cut 18" lengths because silk seems to wear more in the needle eye, and I get the occasional unexpected break. Other than that, I'm satisfied with it.
Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on June 5, 2011 at 11:28am
I have the CT silk thread as well, but haven't had a chance to use it.  Good to hear the positive review. 

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