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Topic: Embroidering on Burlap? Suggestions welcome  (Read 2867 times)
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Helena Puck
« on: March 23, 2013 07:51:27 AM »

I want to embroider on burlap but I'm concerned about how the fabric moves, shifts, and unravels. Since it is going to be a tree skirt, I'm going to reinforce the edges with trim.

If I were to embroider on the burlap, what do I use to reinforce the design?


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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2013 02:17:06 PM »

Maybe some of that interfacing stuff on the bottom side?  Or would the white show too much through the burlap? 

Otherwise all I can suggest is stretching it on a frame as you work on each spot to hold it in place- like you would if you were rug hooking (not latch hooking, the kind of rug hooking with strips of wool pulled up in little loops).   

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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013 02:13:13 AM »

I would put in on a frame too. It would make it easier. Even though nowadays I put everything on a frame, a lot of points are made easier that way Smiley

« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013 01:24:11 PM »

I'd stitch it while the fabric is still square, if you're going to cut it into a circle for the skirt. I'd also probably interline it with a lightweight quilting fabric of a similar color to the burlap, (baste through both layers every two inches or so in a grid and pull out the basting lines as you stitch...) then put it all in a hoop or frame and stitch through both layers. Make sure the grainlines match, or you can get weird stretching when you make it into the tree skirt.

Then when I was done I'd probably line the whole thing when I made it up in something pretty to hide the stitching entirely. But I sometimes overdo things, and get a bit anal about it! Hope this helps!

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013 09:20:07 AM »

Do you have a Q-Snap? That would be perfect for burlap.

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2013 08:03:23 PM »

Do you have a Q-Snap? That would be perfect for burlap.

I do and I love them. I have attempted anything on my burlap yet. I've considered doing something even more simple and running a red ribbon across the bottom to make trim, maybe with some bows or some type of decorations.

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