ok, i will try my best to make sense here...i am new to embroidery and recently have been embroidering on vintage linens. i copied the pattern onto this washaway paper, which i pin to the fabric, put it in the hoop and then stitch through it, when i am done, i gently washed it out. everything looked great before i washed it, but afterwards all of the stitches looked kind of loose and crappy. i used regular silk thread doubled and in some places 4 strands. i am guessing that the looseness is due to the paper making the stitch wider and when it is washed out, it is loose...how can i fix this problem? if i were to use fusible backing of some sort on the back would that help? or is the washaway stencil paper a bad idea? the patterns are fairly complex, so i need a good stencil to work from and they are my own patterns...ok so it is a few different levels of questions...1)if it is a complex pattern, what is the best way to put it on the fabric? 2)if it is a thin fabric, it is going to be framed, it won't be used or anything, is it best to put some sort of backing on it to make it stiffer? 3)is there something else i might be doing wrong in the actual stitching?
i am testing two patterns, one for wristwarmers, i think just knitted flat and seamed, the other for a simple hat knitted in the round, the only thing other than knit stitch you would need to know if a k2tog decrease. easy peasy. i have a new yarn biz and am putting kits together...also, if anyone has any other ideas for what other kits with handspun yarn would be good, or you would like to see, i am really open. thanx in advance.
ok...so firstly, i will be getting a website together sooon, in the meantime, i have a blog loaded with my yarns, knits, etc, and i have a weekly giveaway on which i will probably be asking a question, or sometimes just randomly picking a commenter...this week, i just got a new drumcarder for carding fiber to spin into yarn...this is a really exciting moment for me! anyway, i am looking for a name for her/him. suggest a name, or vote on one already posted and winners will be announced next week, so check back!! good luck!
so, my husband got me a louet junior drumcarder for my birthday, today, and it just came and yahooooo! i looove it! ok, i didn't get to mess with it yet, but it looks badass! evil! like a torture device. but in a good way! anyway, on my blog, i will be looking for a name for him/her...the person coming up with a winning name will get something cool! some of you know the drill....so come on by!
i was wondering where i could find the super think carryalong sorts of fuzzy, delicate, sparkly whatever yarns for plying into my spinning. i am sure you must be able to get it on cones, rather than getting a little ball for a ton of cash...any ideas? oh, also, i just got a drumcarder, so i will be making blended dyed rovings, also...yay! thanks! natasha