OK - I am using a Bernina 820 machine, my needle is a 70 Microtex needle and my threads are silk on the top and Aurofil 50W in the bobbin. My batting is an heirloom wool. This batting is my first choice. I have a roll of it here. I also have a roll of some cotton wadding which I dont really like, but have so much of it here, its what I should really practise on.
For show work I am going to try to use two battings, one wool and the other cotton ... together - I have some prepared to try some things out with, and will let you know when I use it. Hopefully there will be a difference.
I draw everything!
and I practise with my drawings.
I habve a scap pice of prepared fabic handy so I can be sure my tension is OK..and I can now do these feathers very quickly...only because of the practise :)
I will post the actual cushion I made with this design later in the week on my blog - its a gift and I cant post it yet.
It was a 12" block with a border.
I have this book that I keep things in, once I have them more or less sorted in my head.
Its a good reference. Not always good, but good to look back on.
If I am going out anywhere - I take a notebook with me and keep drawing all the time.
Sharon Schamber's site as a Premium member , and this is what I learnt from one of her video's, which I am able to download as a member - well worth the expense! I can stop the video and draw as I watch. If you look close you can see where I got some feathers the wrong way :)