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Topic: First embroidery attempts - but not the last!  (Read 1967 times)
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windgie79
« on: April 19, 2011 07:31:57 PM »

I've always admired the amazing embroidery I've seen on Craftster, and I decided it's finally time to give it a try. I had a spare white handkerchief left over from another project, and it seemed like as good a place as any to try a few stitches:


I wasn't happy with the asterisk-type thing I did in the middle of the stars, and I think three threads might've been too much bulk on the outer borders of the stars. So I tried using one thread on the opposite corner:


Overall, I'm happy with the result, but I definitely need more practice. And, I've gotta try/learn something other than backstitch. Any tips?

I think I'll try stitching a few of my favorite quotes next...

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011 07:44:33 PM »

Thats very cute! I haven't attempted any embroidery...except to adorn small zombies and critters.... It kinda scares me!

Troublet is a craftster on here, she's got some good tutorials on her blog http://thetroublewithcrafting.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011 07:46:18 PM »

Thanks! I'll try those tutorials! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011 08:26:59 PM »

Those stars are looking pretty awesome. I like the concentric stars and your color choices.

Here are some other sites that you might find useful

http://wildolive.blogspot.com/search/label/embroidery%20basics
     Some really great info that I wish I would have had when I was getting started.


http://www.purlbee.com/embroidery-tutorial/
     This is one of the sites I was always on when I was just starting. They have some other stuff that can be helpful if you poke around for it.

Good luck in your learning, I can't wait to see what you put up next.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011 11:08:59 PM »

Your stars are pretty - love 'em - try French knots - I love doing French knots, and I they look so sweet, like teeny tiny rosebuds, or something - satin stitch is one that looks awesome, but I really have to concentrate when I'm doing those.  I started doing embroidery when I was about 10 - my grandmother showed me how - YOU are off to a great start.   Cheesy 
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011 09:04:21 AM »

That is really pretty, love the colours of the stars
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2011 11:42:16 AM »

Great job!! I really dig your color choices!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2011 12:58:25 PM »

Really cute - great job!

Learning new stitches is a really good way to improve your skills. Good ones to begin with are chain, stem, buttonhole and french knots. With some practice, you'll be able to stitch anything you want!
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2011 06:29:28 PM »

I think your first embroidery piece is quite nice windgie79!

Handkerchief weight fabric is pretty light weight and not the easiest to embroider. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

And about those asterisk thingies, I can't get mine even either unless I'm working on counted thread fabric. You just kind of have to accept that they're going to look more "organic" as opposed to even, kwim?
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011 07:38:31 PM »

I'm really excited to try the great tutorials and tips you've all suggested. Thanks for the help and encouragement!
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