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Project Overview

"This is a quick and easy project that you can complete in just a few hours. It doesn't have to fit - just pick someone's favorite color and you're off! Looks great in holiday colors, too. Use Sulky Cotton Blendables and cotton yarn for a different look, or for a dressy look use Sulky Metallics, too. There are more than 12 other scarves using similar techniques in the book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Embroidery (#900B-15), as well as entire garments, bowls and boxes! You will amaze your friends and family with this project!"
... Patti

About the Artist

Patricia J. "Patti" Lee
Consumer Relations Director for Sulky of America
Patricia J. Lee

Patti has been involved with the Speed Stitch Company in Florida and Sulky of America on both a part-time and/or volunteer basis since both companies were formed. (Speed Stitch has since been sold.) She is currently Vice President of Consumer Relations for Sulky of America. She was a National Instructor for Speed Stitch, and an active participant in all 9 annual Speed Stitch S.M.A.R.T. Events. She has also worked in retail sewing machine and fabric store businesses. In addition to being a contributor to many Sulky publications, she frequently appears in Sulky Books modeling garments, and provides most of the "hands-on" modeling for photos. She is serving as an Assistant to Joyce Drexler, taking an active role in design and production of the "Sew Exciting Seminar" sample garments. Patti and her husband live in Franklin, NC, with her five cats, 4 dogs (one a St. Bernard).

Supplies

  • Sulky 30 wt. Rayon Thread (Patti used 2104 Vari-Pastel Blues)
  • Lion Brand® Micro Spun™ or Cotton-Ease™ Knitting Yarn
  • 8" roll of Sulky Ultra Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer
  • Fine-line, Permanent-ink Marker

Instructions

  1. Cut the 8" wide Ultra Solvy to the desired length for your scarf, allowing for fringe if desired. Cut a small scrap of Ultra Solvy to practice on.
  2. With your chosen 30 wt. Rayon thread on top and in the bobbin stitch a "grid" of yarn onto the Ultra Solvy using a small zig-zag stitch to couch the yarn down.
    Hint: "The distance between the yarn rows will be determined by your chosen decorative stitch as well as your machine's capability. The decorative stitching was an after-thought after I had already made my grid, so some of the squares of the grid were a little too wide for the chosen stitch, hence the "airy" look to some of the squares" ...Patti
  3. When you have decided on a stitch, fill in your grid squares, and be sure that the stitch "grabs" both yarn edges of each square. Two rows of a more narrow decorative stitch can achieve this look, as well, but both rows of decorative stitching must overlap as well as catch the edges of the yarn square. When you are pleased with the look, use a fine-line, permanent-ink marker to draw your scarf pattern onto the long Ultra Solvy strip. Stitch the long rows first, then the short cross rows.
    Patti used Stitch #E-25 on the Husqvarna Viking Designer I.
  4. This is the easiest part! Patti discovered that the best way to remove Ultra Soly (since it is so thick and stable) is to use the volume of water that is in your washer. when you are ready to run a load of clothes, fill the washer with water, but no clothes or soap. Put your scarf in the water and let it agitate for 5 to 10 minutes. this is the fast and ecological way of removing Ultra Solvy! When the Ultra Solvy is dissolved, take the scarf out and add the laundry and soap to do a load of clothes. The dissolved Sulky will not affect your clothes in any way. Lay the scarf flat on a counter to dry. Press, if needed, using a press cloth.
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