Not too busy, but with many colors in a color-way you love. Choose any size you want - a fat quarter works well. However, if you plan to use the fabric in something like a bag, remember that this technique will shrink the fabric at least 2 inches for every 36 inches, so plan on trimming your piece to it's final size.
There is no limit here! I use cotton, rayon, nylon, invisible and metallic threads in a variety of weights and the colors of the entire color wheel.
Almost every yard you can think of, if the color works, you can couch it! Recycled sari yarn works because of its thin and thick texture and rich variegated colors. I use decorative yarns of every color work as well as rattail, thin metal chains and wire, No 8 pearl cotton, embroidery thread, baby rickrack, metallic ribbon, fabric ribbons, strings of beads - anything you can get your zigzag needle over.
Variety of No 8 pearl cotton, embroidery thread, No 24 Chenille needles (large eye, sharp point), thimble, embroidery hoop, small scissors.
HEAVYWEIGHT FUSIBLE INTERFACING
Same size as your batik! You need interfacing to stiffen your fabric for the heavy machine stitching you will be doing, but you don't want it too hard to hand stitch, so I recommend only 1 layer.
or your favorite fusing product. Same size as your batik.
I always us Black Kona cotton but you can use any cotton fabric - if you are mounting your piece, the backing will not show. If you're using it for another project consider the backing you'd like for the project.
RATTAIL (SATIN CORD)
Long enough to go around the perimeter of your final piece
Samples of all the stitches your machine can make. Vary the length and width to see even more ideas. SEE THE LINK FOR MY STITCH BIBLE ON THIS WEBSITE
Optional but helpful
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