By hand or by machine, Lana adds that homespun touch to all your folk art and country wool projects…

I love working with Aurifil Lana threads as it is an ideal thread for folk art style appliqué. It’s soft texture matches perfectly with wools or woolfelt and produces a beautiful homespun finish to any creative wool work. Because it is on a spool, I use it for both machine stitching, when assembling quilts and bags, and for all kinds of hand quilting and embroidery, in particular blanket stitch appliqué. There is a beautiful palette of nearly 200 colours to choose from so I have found a perfect match for every single woolfelt colour that I work with.

Marianne Byrne
Folk art and country quilt designer, The Cinnamon Patch

I always loved making things with my own hands

   Marianne Byrne-Goarin

Marianne : “As a little girl, I always loved making things with my own hands. Watching my mother and my Irish and American grandmothers expertly stitch, crochet, knit and craft, it is needless to say that my creativity was nurtured and tenderly encouraged. After studying fashion design in Dublin and Paris, career opportunities led me into other professional areas, but I continued to stitch and craft throughout the years. A few years ago I discovered “penny rugs” and fell in love with the simple folk art style of appliqué and the homespun textured wools that are so characteristic of these designs. Dating from the mid 19th century, penny rugs were made from all kinds of scraps of felted wool. And so, I started making my own penny rugs using scraps of wool felt.

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