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shannonkay
« on: December 11, 2009 11:29:39 PM »

Last night I made all the pieces for my first plush/amigurumi animal and now I need to put it all together.

I've googled and searched around but I didn't see any really helpful information.

Most faces are at least partly embroidered it seems. I did learn to embroider "properly" as a child by making a burp cloth for my new cousin which I never finished(He's 16 now.) so in theory I know the basics, but there are some particulars I'm not sure about.

Do you embroider with embroidery floss or with yarn?

Do you use a yarn needle like the one you put the body parts together with, or an embroidery needle?

Do you put your needle through the holes in the crochet? between the stitches? just between the pieces of yarn? Or do you stick your needle through a piece of yarn?

These mysteries and any other tips would be much appreciated!
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kirsa
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009 10:29:32 AM »

I like to use an embroidery or darning needle with a sharp point on it.  I've used a yarn needle before, but then you're forced to place the facial features so that the lines all end in holes between the yarn.  I've found that generally doesn't give me quite the flexibility of expression that I'd like, so I've switched to using sharp needles that I can poke in wherever I want them to be.  I actually kind of like poking it through the middle of at least one strand of yarn, since I tend to pull my embroidery too tight and when I do that when it goes through a hole it stretches the hole out and makes it big and noticeable.  That's just a personal embroidery failing though.  Wink

You can use yarn or embroidery floss, whatever you'd like.  I use normal worsted weight yarn when I want fat lines or big knots, and embroidery floss when I want thinner lines or more detailed features.  Lighter weight yarns could also be used for more detailed features and thin lines, embroidery floss is just cheaper for the small amounts I generally need.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009 12:38:15 PM »

I prefer embroider thread with a darning needle too. I've found that I can't get the desired look too well using yarn or a different type of needle.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009 05:15:48 PM »

I embroidered a face on a bunny once, and after ripping it off and starting over about 20 times (no exaggerating!) what worked out the best for me was:
Material: DMC floss, 4 strands (with appropriate cross-stitching needle)
Method: for an eye, for example, that you want to be one sc wide - if you try to just make it over one sc, when you pull it tight, it just squishes that sc and makes a hole on either side where you can see the stuffing.  So you have to have the left edge of the eye in the middle of one sc, and then put the needle in to the middle of the next sc over to make the right edge.  I made the eyes as hexagons to have them view as circles (diagram below), starting in the middle and then making one trapezoid above the middle line and then one trapezoid below. 

Embroidering onto crochet is definitely harder than onto fabric!

eye shape:
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My bunny was made out of worsted weight yarn, and here he is, too, if you want to look at him: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257279.msg2874603#msg2874603
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2009 06:07:14 PM »

I usually do this with yarn needle/ embroidery needle and #10 Crochet thread. ITs thick enough so i dont have to put 4 strands of floss together and holds up really well in crochet projects. Hmm.. I should  really experiment other styles..
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009 12:00:59 PM »

Thanks guys, I decided to go with embroidery floss and embroidery needle. I looked up a few stitch definitions and when I tried it it felt familiar.

Here's my kitty face.
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