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« on: January 30, 2011 05:22:31 PM »

just found out i am pregnant, and want to embroider a 'big sister' shirt for my 16th month old. i want the letters to be rather large and plainly obvious, so something more than just backstitch. what i am looking for is something along these lines (1, 2) but i assume these are both machine embroidered. can i accomplish something similar by hand? thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011 05:43:01 PM »

Congratulations! I think the "big sis" shirt idea is really cute Cheesy

The first example I bet could be emulated with satin stitch, or long-and-short. I've never done either, so no tips on doing them, unfortunately.

The second example, with the applique, you could use wonder-under or whatever it's called (the webby stuff used to attach fabric to other fabric, which I've never used Tongue). Once ironed, you could embroider around the applique with buttonhole stitch, blanket stitch, a plain old running stitch, or use a reverse applique method like Alabama Chanin (http://alabamachanin.com/index.php).

Here's a few examples that clearly show the handstitching:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2510/3998808596_0c4f9f6ab2.jpg (blanket stitch)
http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.73605542.jpg (blanket stitch)
http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.90906423.jpg (backstitch)
http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.53970086.jpg (no idea what this one is called)

I've only just discovered that blanket stitch is just a widely-spaced buttonhole stitch...

http://handembroidery.ning.com/page/buttonhole-stitch

Shows how much I embroider....
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