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« on: June 24, 2012 06:59:15 PM »

So I've been teaching myself to embroider and have nearly finished my first one. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out and would like to share it on here when it's finished. However it's done from a kit including preprinted fabric! I'd like to know if this is seen as cheating and whether it will be looked down on if I post it on here?
 IT also has step by step instructions including what stitch and what colour to use where so is not exactly my own creativity!

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012 04:22:13 AM »

I don't think it matters as long as you state it's from a kit. Smiley  You're learning and embroidery is hard! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2012 06:01:30 AM »

How is it cheating? You stitched it up! People use patterns all the time, that's not cheating at all.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012 04:43:47 PM »

Don't worry about it! Be proud of your hard work and post, most people use patterns anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012 04:48:22 AM »

This is definitely not cheating. How else would you learn? In time you'll be able to transfer your own designs, but even old hands at embroidery often use preprinted designs.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2012 01:55:17 PM »

NOT cheating! I learnt to stitch using kits and still stitch them from time to time  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012 06:59:22 PM »

Nothing wrong with using a kit - if you see one and like the design, why not??

Sometimes it can be more fun - someone has done the prepwork so you can get straight to stitching (I love designing too, but I'm not always in the mood for it. I use stitching to relax, whereas I need to already be relaxed to be sure I take my time picking out colours and the like).
Also, working from a kit can be more cost effective, especially to start, when you don't have a huge stash of threads to call upon Smiley

And... if other people like it you can tell them  where to get the kit so they can make their own!
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2012 12:34:13 PM »

My first embroidery was from a kit too. I made an apron with cupcakes on it. I wear it whenever I bake. I love it. It hung in my kitchen for like 5 months before I dared to wear it though, because I am a dork like that.

I always trace my pattern onto my material, and if it's cheating, oh well. I need a pattern/lines to trace with my needle and floss. Sometimes I will leave a space blank to freehand, but that just recently started...

And if anyone looks down on you or gives you a hard time, shrug it off. We are at different stages of learning various things in life and should be supporting each other.  Cheesy Not ripping each other down.
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013 01:05:15 PM »

nothing wrong with kits at all!
i have a kit to make a camel... I am planning on sharing it once done Smiley
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