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Hoping someone has a long memory!

joody | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hello, All,

I’ve misplaced one of my most valuable issues of Threads… from 1991, I think, and it featured a process whereby two or three different fabrics which would shrink at varying rates were quilted together and washed vigorously, causing a very interesting puckering effect.

I’d like to use that technique without wasting a lot of fabric and time, so if any of you are familiar with this process or still have this issue, I’d certainly appreciate hearing from you.



  1. Josefly | | #1

    Judy, I don't know if this will help or not. I remember an article about a vest made with three layers of cotton crinkle-gauze, stitched together, then washed to give the puckery effect you mention. But I have only been subscribing since 2000, so that article was at least after the first issue of 2000. I've briefly looked through my issues and didn't readily see it in the tables of contents, and sorry I don't have time to go through more carefully. Was it the vest project you're remembering, or something else altogether? If it was, maybe I've narrowed your search a little...

    1. joody | | #2

      Thanks for your reply!I'm almost positive that the magazine was from '91 and on the cover there were two young women..each wearing vests and little tams which were made using the process I described. I can always contact the magazine and I'm sure I could order another copy, it's just that I thought someone would remember or have access to this issue. I tend to save certain magazines for YEARS and this was one of them. I'm still hoping to run across it in the basement somewhere.Thanks again,

  2. katina | | #3

    Could it have been the article by Bird Ross in #40?

    PS I found this article; is this the technique?



    Edited 6/30/2008 2:58 pm ET by Katina

    1. joody | | #6

      Thanks, Katina. That looks very close but I'm not sure it's the same piece...artist may be the same. At any rate, I appreciate the article..I'm sure it will come in handy.Judy

      1. katina | | #7

        You're welcome!

      2. jjgg | | #8

        Hi Judy,
        I remember that article, but all of my stuff is in boxes, I move one week from today, so I can't really help out, I'm sure it will be several weeks (or more) before I unpack them!Judy too

        1. joody | | #9

          Judy,I'm so glad you remember the article! I remember that the cover had two young models with vests and little tams. If you ever run across it, I'd appreciate it if you could give me a holler.Thanks,

          1. jjgg | | #10

            I'll be glad to, but it won't be any time soon, too many boxes in my life at the momment

          2. joody | | #11

            Believe me, I understand. I think that's going to be a given with women like us who lug around magazines for fifteen years! I'm still trying to figure out how this issue escaped me, but I think it must be my husband's fault :)

          3. jjgg | | #12

            I started subscribing around issue 50, and I've found most of the back issues on ebay. I canceled my subscription about 2 yrs ago when the quality of the magazine went down hill, but I do cherish all the back issues. I won't ever let them go, they are worth their weight in gold.

  3. jeanfm | | #4

    I've been cataloging my back issues. If I find it I'll let you know.

    1. joody | | #5

      Thank you so much. I think it has to be either Issue no. 33 through 37.Thanks,

  4. Kathelaine | | #13

    The article you are looking for might be one by Bird Ross from 1992.  That article is in the Threads book, Great Quilting Techniques.  She uses three layers of fabric--the inner layer, a stabilizing middle layer, and an outer layer.   The inner and outer layers are different combinations of fabric.  It is stitched with a straight stitch in kind of a huge zigzag pattern.  The photo accompanying the article has two girls wearing vests and tams used with that technique.

    1. joody | | #14

      Kathelaine, that sounds like it! Where did you find the article...do you have that issue and if so, can you give me the number so I can search it out?Thanks so much,

      1. Kathelaine | | #15

        The issue is May '92 (#40:30-35).  I found it in Great Quilting Techniques, which is a book Threads put together with some of their best quilting articles.   If you can't find the magazine,  you could probably order the book from Taunton press or get it second hand from Amazon.



        Edited 6/30/2008 9:57 pm ET by Kathelaine

        1. joody | | #16

          Thanks so much, Kathelaine, I just ordered the book from Amazon.Judy

          1. jennys | | #17

            I think I have done what you are trying to do. It was in a Threads, I think after issue 90, but I can't find the article.
            I had a piece of cotton velveteen, and I washed and tumble dried it at hot temperatures several times, to maximize shrinkage. I then grid stitched it using a serpentine stitch, with the horizontal and vertical rows of stitches about an inch apart, to a very loosely woven cotton fabric ( we call it cheesecloth- looks like fine gauze bandages ). I didn't preshrink the cheesecloth.
            Then I washed the sewn material at a high temp several times , and it puckered up in a very gratifying fashion.
            I used the treated fabric as the front strip and collar of an opera jacket, with plain black velveteen for the rest of the jacket. It was very effective. The jacket was lined in gold silk, so the whole effect is quite opulent.

          2. sewslow67 | | #18

            Oh, my goodness; what a creative idea.  Your jacket sounds wonderful.  Would you consider taking a picture and posting it.  I think many of us would love to see it.  I know I would!

          3. jennys | | #23

            Will try to post a photo. As it is black on black on the outside of the jacket, it might take a few goes in different lighting conditions to get a decent picture. Hopefully soon . glad you liked the sound of it - it was fun to do. jenny s

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            ThreadKoe | | #19

            WOW!, that sounds like a fab garment. I agree with Sewslow, please post a pic. Cathy

          5. joody | | #21

            That sounds beautiful! Please do post a photo.Judy

  5. zuwena | | #20

    Check out issue 40, from 1992.  If anyone has it, maybe they can check and send you the important information.  Z

    1. joody | | #22

      Thanks, Zuwena, but I've ordered another quilting book with this article in it. Still, it's good to know for sure which issue it was in.Judy

  6. Teaf5 | | #24

    I have easy access to bound volumes of Threads and can find articles for you if you know the date and issue.  I have to obey copyright laws and may not be able to copy them, but I can easily describe/relate techniques for you.

    1. joody | | #25

      Thanks so much, but I believe the article I'm looking for is in a book I just ordered. If it isn't I may be giving you a holler.Thanks,

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