Wednesday, October 24, 2018

#CreateYourOwnAurifilCollection: Halloween-Style

I'm so excited! There's very little I like more than playing with beautiful, saturated Aurifil threads. It's even more fun to mix and match the beauties to suite my very own quilt purposes. If you've been around the Auriworld for a few spins, you know Aurifil sells collections of 10 small spools (2200 yards total) or 12 large spools (17,064 yards total). They even make a Valigia collection of 48 large spools that comes in a gigantic plastic case (bazillion yards total). It looks magical, like the talking wardrobe in Beauty & the Beast or the not-so-talkative wardrobe in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Anyhow, the important thing here is MAGICAL!

Ok, I'm going to mentally return from Narnia now and get back on topic---lovely Aurifil collections and how they are going to do my bidding! Famous, brilliant fabric designers, companies, and quilting organizations get their name and glamorous photograph on a box. Think Tula Pink, Lori Holt, Camille Roskelley, Studio Art Quilt Associates... Me? Not so much. But all that's going to change! I'm breaking into that plastic box of thread-ridden possibilities and taking matters into my own hands thread racks! I'm creating my very own Aurifil collections. You hear me? #CreateYourOwnAurifilCollection That's the hashtag. Now you know I mean serious social media business, peeps.

I'm in the holiday spirit with a week until Halloween, that cursed time of making my kids go out to beg for candy so I can take my pickings. (Even the little one who isn't actually allowed to eat candy has been assigned a black plastic jack-o-lantern container.) Therefore, while it may actually be less scary than plastering my image on a 12-spool clear plastic storage case, I'm going to make a Spooky collection. SpoOooOooky, that is. Spell check just doesn't approve.

Color names have been changed to protect the innocent, legitimate colors and numbers (shown in parenthesize). Without further ado...

I bring you (from left to right and top to bottom):
Ghost 👻 (ITBC1000 Clear Invisible Monofilament)
Brains 🧠🧟 (#2250 Red 50 wt)
Potion 🔮 (#2582 Dark Violet 50 wt)
Fuzzy Arachnid Legs 🕷 (#2692 Black 12 wt)
Glowing Eyes 💛👀 (#2120 Canary 50 wt)
Witch Toner 🧙‍♀️ (#2887 Very Dark Olive 50 wt)
Werewolf 🐺 (#5013 Asphalt 50 wt)
Pumpkin 🎃 (#2150  50 wt)
Ooze ☢️🔋 (#1147 Light Leaf Green 50 wt)
Cauldron 🥘 (#2605 Grey 50 wt)
Dem Bones ☠️ (#2021 Natural White 50 wt)
Mummified 🚽📝💀🇪🇬 (#2000 Light Sand 50 wt)

 Together Pumpkin, Glowing Eyes, and Dem Bones make the mini collection, Candy Corn.

I have more enticing news! Join me for a spot of witch's brew as I tell you what's bubbling. Aurifil has generously offered to treat one thread wizard to her very own collection. Here's what to do:
1. Pick a source of inspiration for your very own unofficial Aurifil collection. It can be your favorite colors, colors pulled from a photograph, colors to match a quilt project, a theme...
2. Match Aurifil threads to your inspiration. Your selections can be 12 wt, 28 wt, 40 wt, 50 wt, 80 wt, floss, monofilament, wool, or a combination.
3. Assemble and photograph your unofficial collection using actual spools or save and upload images from the Aurifil website.
4. Share on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #CreateYourOwnAurifilCollection and an explanation of your inspiration along with names (real or imagined), number (real ones), and wt details on your choices before November 30. You are welcome to create multiple collections.

On November 30, a random participant will be selected to receive their personally curated collection as a gift from Aurifil up to 12 large spools! Isn't that the most magical thread-related thing you've ever heard?

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  1. Wow, that is super magical! I think that this could be a lot of fun. I like the names you created for your creation.

  2. Terrific colors for October rather your doing Halloween or fall piecing and embroidery. Love them, always was a sucker for candy corn.

  3. Great selection! What fun it will be to see all of the great collections that will be shown.