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pinkangel1979
« on: November 27, 2006 05:32:01 AM »

I have an urgent plea for help!  I need to do some pretty small lettering on some craft felt and I need stitch advice- I've tried backstitch but it just looks too angular.  What's a better stitch for creating the curves in letters?
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Beetastic
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2006 06:41:00 AM »

I like the stem stitch for making curves or the split stitch.
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pinkangel1979
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2006 06:43:31 AM »

Thanks Beetastic, I'll try them out.  Smiley
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LuluB
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2006 08:21:37 AM »

yeah, i'm a big fan of both stitches.  stem gives your letters a slightly more handmade look, while split makes for smoother curves.  but both end up looking lovely!

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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2006 01:06:35 PM »

I'm a big fan of the chain stitch for pretty much everything!
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2006 12:41:33 AM »

I do a lot of lettering, and I think the stem stitch makes very good curves. It's great for cursive writing especially.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2006 01:38:06 AM »

Thank you for all the replies, much appreciated.  I went with split stitch for the first one although I might change my mind for the next one!
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2006 06:06:20 AM »

I like stem stitch for lettering, and I also like what's called "overcast" stitch. To overcast, you lay down a line of small running stitches close together, following the letter. Then you "overcast" them, by working a narrow satin stitch over the top of them. This is typically seen in hand monogramming. In some old books, they call it "over and over" stitch. You pick up just one or two threads of your fabric underneath the running stitches. It makes a really pretty, raised, smooth monogram.

You know what else works really well, looks nice, and is simple to do? The whipped backstitch. You backstitch the whole letter in tiny backstitches, and then you whip the backstitches (with the same thread - unless you want to get a little "wild" with it and try different colors and textures). The whipping part smooths all the angles of the backstitching. It's very good for detail work (scrolly areas, and such.) It also raises the stitching a little bit. I just finished a piece of white-on-white done with a lot of whipped backstitch, but I haven't had a chance to photograph it yet!

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pinkangel1979
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2006 06:43:15 AM »

Thank you for you help Tree, the lettering I'm doing is tiny so I might try the whipped backstitch on the next one. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2006 12:27:56 PM »

perfect advice, i'm about to do some lettering on a tiny little shirt for my niece.  thanks!
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