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« on: September 11, 2011 10:06:58 PM »

I'm embroidering a flag for my friend's wedding - her three-year-old nephew is going to walk in holding it (awww). It's relatively big, so I'm thinking of using several strands of embroidery thread to do the letters (they're not as thick as in the image, but still need to be pretty thick, so that people will be able to read the letters as the flag comes down the aisle). Bad idea?

The leaves are what are tripping me up - satin stitch? And if so, should I pad before I do the satin stitch? Also, because the leaves are pretty big, should I use several strands of embroidery thread for the satin stitch, or will that just make it look messy? I'm totally self-taught, so I apologize if some of these questions sound weird or ridiculous.

I'm new so can't post pics yet, but here's the link to my pic:

http://littleenglishgirl.com/BrideFlag-1.jpg

Thanks for any help you guys can give me!

Kate
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011 03:48:50 PM »

With a satin stitch, you wouldn't need any padding-they will have enough texture and bulk (for lack of a better word). You could do a seed stitch but that might appear a little messy. What about tinting with crayons or watercolors?
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011 07:32:15 PM »

Tinting instead of embroidering, you mean? Or in addition to it?
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011 07:24:39 AM »

In addition to. So, you embroider the outline and color in the leaves. It would be really pretty with a light coloring if you didn't want to do a satin stitch.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011 05:08:28 PM »

Satin stitch would generally use several strands of the floss, depending on the thread count (density/inch) of the fabric.  You want it to be full coverage, and even edged.  You might consider putting a stem stitch edging around the leaves if your edges are a bit raggedy. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2011 08:46:50 AM »

In addition to. So, you embroider the outline and color in the leaves. It would be really pretty with a light coloring if you didn't want to do a satin stitch.

If it's a large project, I agree with Kittykill's suggestion. I recently did some quilt blocks, and stitching them solid would have made me want to die... If the flag is quite large, I would say paint/tint the insides, and then stitch the outlines to really make them pop out. If you'd like to see an example of what I (hope) we're suggesting (and sorry, this isn't my BEST one...):

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