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First, I begin to gather up likely supplies. Unprimed linen canvas can make a simple yet elegant foundation. Primed, prestretched canvas is readily available and suitable as a base to wrap a piece around. An em broidery hoop also makes an appropriate frame. Frames from thrift shops are fun to fill too. Next, I dive into my fabric stash and scrap bins. Anything from cotton fabric to a tea towel works. Fabric beads or little bundles tied from scraps work just as well as design elements. Never underestimate the textural interest of the tangled threads torn from your fabrics after they've been washed. Now is also the time to look at your collection of embroidery floss, yarns, beads, and buttons. Look at any surface design experiments you have. Are there patterns or motifs there that could form the focus of your piece? Is there something you've used previously that you'd like to expand upon? When I sit down with stamps or paints to create the little houses that figure in so much of my work, I
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AURIFIL

HAND DYES BY LAURA WASILOWSKY
Susan Brubaker Knapp
"I use lightweight cotton thread in most of my work, and Aurifil's Cotton Maim 50 is perfect. It is a bit shiny, strong, and low-lint. And since it is so lightweight, I can do a lot of thread sketching without it causing my work to draw up."
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Kathy York "For hand embroidery and French knots, my favorites are hand-dyes by Laura Wasilowski!"
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