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Topic: My first finished embroidery, a Kaylee quote  (Read 1193 times)
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« on: July 01, 2012 03:22:10 AM »

I'm so excited to present my first finished embroidery project! I love Firefly, and Kaylee is one of my favorite characters. One day the idea of embroidering this quote onto a mug rug just popped into my head and I had to make it! I fond a pretty font in paint.net and use the program to curve the font a bit too. It's all chain stitch and luckily the photo blurs how uneven my stitches are. Tongue Despite its flaws, I love it and can't wait to finish the mug rug.

Funny story about this piece. I had only two (now three, I bought a 2" one today!) hoops, I was so excited to start that when I couldn't find the smaller one, I used the big one.

I thought I would waste a ton of fabric, but when I cut out the quote, it didn't actually waste that much, just a few inches from the edge of the cloth.

And here's what the original quote was going to look like. I think my stitching is as messy as my handwriting.  Cheesy

Thank you so much for looking. And one small question. I noticed that when I do curves, the chain stitches don't usually lie flat, they go with the curve and expose the place where the thread comes up to form the next stitch. Could the size of my stitches be the problem, or something else? I hope that made sense, I should probably be sleeping.  Roll Eyes
« Last Edit: July 01, 2012 03:26:46 AM by misskohaku - Reason: Forgot image posting order » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2012 01:21:10 PM »

I love your embroidery.  You did a great job.  If you don't mind a piece of advice.  Always use a bigger hoop then you think you need.  Trying to save fabric and thread can turn against you.  Also the trick of covering the inside part of the hoop with bias tape really does work and saves a lot of having to tighten the hoop.  I'm so excited for you just starting to embroider!  So many great adventures await!

Many happy hours


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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2012 02:37:33 PM »

Thank you! I'd never heard of the bias tape trick, I'll have to try that next time.

« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2012 02:40:37 PM »

I didn't try it for twenty years of embroidering and felt really stupid!  It saves a lot of frustration.


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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012 05:17:48 PM »

Kaylee is the awesome-est, isn't she?

I love the fabric you chose, and I can't wait to see how the mug rug come out Smiley

I think if you do smaller stitches, that should help with the problem of the links in your chain falling inwards on curves.

I'm always up for swapping hexies or TM patches (or anything, really!) - PM me Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012 06:12:28 AM »

Very nice! Lettering is always so hard but you did it!

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