I am not entirely happy with the outcome of this project, mainly because I feel the work is not up to par. If you need details I could nit-pick it for you. I am not sure if I want to finish it, even if all it requires is tying in the tails on the straps. It was embroidered with 2 strands of all purpose sewing thread, in satin stitch couched over a base of chain stitches and ladder stitches. Feel free to give me a hard critique if you find something you want to point out either in the embroidery or construction of the mask. I have given it a pretty thorough reaming on my blog, but there may be things I haven't noticed myself.
This is a christmas gift for my mum. It is worked, wholely, in a double strand of regular polyester sewing thread just because I couldn't afford to go out and buy floss (if you can imagine) and I liked the colour of the thread I had on hand. It is mostly buttonhole stitch, with a little whipped backstitch for the black outline and whipped chainstitch for the letters; there is plain chain stitch and a teeny tiny running stitch for the shade in the olives. The running stitch is more woven in as they are only a single strand of the fabric in width and in space apart. There is a little satin stitch on one of the olives that boarders onto one of the open spaces, and it is also used in the hand-rolled hem. The fabric is cotton linen, if I recall correctly; it's been in my stash for a while so exact fibre content is mysterious. It is approximately 12x12" and took me probably something on the order of 20 hours, half spent on the embroidery, half on the hem.
The background story is here on my blog (I hope I have posted enough information otherwise that directing you elsewhere for more will not be too much concern)
I have a couple questions, mainly pertaining to hand reproduced ATCs. Say, for example, I start with a sketch and transfer then finish the drawing by hand 10 times. Each image would be similar but not identical, an original and a copy. It would make sense to at least number sed images, they are a series, however would you treat them as such in trading with people who are picky about trading for originals only? Would you, as a trader/collector be interested in an original-copy?
I only ask because I have a bizarre fascination with drawing the same image over again... don't ask..
Alright so I have some lab created gemstones (identical to natural gemstones just without inclusions and not out of the ground and stuff) Anyway I was wondering how one would go about affixing them to a garment. I am pretty biased against glue in garment making and they are not flat back anyway. I know that for cheapy rhinestones there are little pronged claspers of sorts that you poke through from the back side of the cloth and bend the prongs to hold the rhinestone. However does anyone know a) if they will corrode with body moisture and stain the surrounding cloth, b) if they will hold a brilliant cut gemstone, c) what the heck they are called and where to get them, possibly quality ones? Alternately is there any other way to affix a gemstone to fabric?