For WOYWW this week I've been making my own yarn (or cord) for collages. My friend Jane showed me how to make it, and I made some in a soft but deep red for the work I've been doing on coral - for anyone interested my last two blog posts are about my ongoing 'coral' project.
Using an embroidery foot on the sewing machine you simply zig-zag along a fairly thick strand of wool (or several strands), keeping the wool taut front and back. It's very effective with contrasting cotton threads, or metallic threads and wools.
You can see the difference between the thick wool and the strands that have been zig-zagged over - I went over some of it twice as I wasn't very even with the zig-zagging - but it was my first attempt!
Work in progress...
I decided to use some of my cord in a small embroidery that is going in my sketch book. Using embossed velvet as a background, I then used machine embroidery over pieces of vintage lace and crochet, and then machine stitched the thicker yarn I'd made on top. I still have beads to add, and probably some more embroidery and lace.
If you would like to know what WOYWW is all about why not pop over there to see what other people have on their desks this week.