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ruthie
« on: March 04, 2005 02:20:48 AM »

Hi, this is my first ever post and my first ever embroidery project. I have some canvas boots that I want to customise. I was initially going to paint my design on, but I have changed my mind as I am worried about the permanency of the paints (the shoes are for summer wear and I don't want the design being transferred on my ankles. I have the design roughly worked out: it's a floral pattern that will cover most of the outside of the boot (think Converse hi), the back of the ankle and some of the inside (I'll be filling in the design too). Obviously, I'll be embroidering both boots. Wink

My question is whether you think that it will be difficult to go through the canvas with a needle, and if so, whether embroidered appliqués would be a better alternative. How would I go about making my own appliqués?

I have next to no knowledge of embroidery and am off to the library today to see what I can find, but I would really appreciate your views before I do.

Thanks for your help,

xxxx
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BrandieGurl28
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2005 02:32:40 AM »

i think it would be rather hard towards the toe of the shoe. you  know, being able to get your hand in there and turn the needle and get it to where you want it...
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ruthie
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2005 03:20:15 AM »

Hi BrandieGurl,

I was just going to embroider the back and sides. I'm going to stitch a strip of material down the tongue anyway in the same theme so it should all blend in together. The embroidery design is actually going to be based on the print of the material. I don't think I'll have that much of a problem stitching the strip of fabric along the toe...

Thanks for reading!

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PollyEsther
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2005 11:11:38 AM »

If you have trouble working with the needle inside the shoe, you might try one of those curved upholstery needles-- it'd take some getting used to, but might save you a lot of cursing about working in such a tight space.
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