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« on: June 03, 2013 08:28:24 PM »

Hi all! I feel like I am starting to move from beginner to intermediate slowly but surely. I want to move on from just using backstitch on a hoop. I love the look of a "painted" embroidery like the sky and mountains here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422047.0#axzz2VDKnVXZc I am completely terrified of fill stitches though, because my satin stitch looks so terrible! >.<

Anyway, my actual questions...

With embroidering clothing, what fabrics do you use, how do you finish off the back, and how much embroidery do you feel is a good accent without being overwhelming? I've generally always worn plain clothing, and can't find many examples online.

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2013 06:29:27 AM »

I would probably start off with a cotton skirt  or maybe a western/oxford button down style shirt. The fabric is very easy to work with. After I got the feel, move to knits. The problem with knits is that they stretch and you can stretch the material too far and distort the pattern.

Jeans are a good start too, just make sure that you have a heavier needle.

I think a little design at the bottom of a skirt would be super cute or maybe something all the way around the bottom.

Jeans would be good to have a design up the side.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2013 02:43:33 PM »

Another idea is to embroider a patch or strip and apply that to the clothing.  That way you don't need to worry about the back of the stitches being exposed.
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013 09:13:00 AM »

Thanks for the tips! I like the idea of a skirt.
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2013 10:50:05 AM »

I did a sunrise on the side of my canvas shoes with a simple split stitch.  Had to use a thicker needle & it took a little extra effort but it really looks cute.
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