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« Reply #160 on: June 10, 2014 11:08:08 AM »

That fish is great!

I have a small technical question, my thread keeps knotting when I'm mid stitch, how do I stop that from happening/why is it doing that? It happens mainly when I'm doing the satin stitch. I'm a newbie at embroidery and would love to get better.
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« Reply #161 on: June 10, 2014 11:36:02 AM »

Thanks! 

Thread knotting is a pain for sure!  Generally it happens because the thread is twisted.  It's best if you're using multiple strands to separate all the strands and then put back together those you'll be using and sort of pet them out straight (don't know how to describe it better than that) gently pulling them straight with your fingers.  Then while you're stitching, it's almost certain you're turning the needle in your fingers in a way which re-twists the threads.  The way to keep it from twisting up more and knotting is to let your needle fall down straight from your work; it will twirl the twist out.  You can also try spinning the needle the opposite way in your fingers every few stitches, but this takes a lot of care not to overspin and just end up retwisting the floss.  Some people think winding floss on bobbins helps set in a twist, so they prefer to store the floss they're using for a project on a ring or other keeper with each strand hanging straight.

Hope that was helpful and not too long-winded.  I always end up getting a few knots in my floss no matter how hard I try to remember to slow down and keep an eye on how twisty it's getting.   Tongue
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« Reply #162 on: June 10, 2014 11:43:52 AM »

Thanks for the advice, that is definitely helpful!
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« Reply #163 on: June 10, 2014 01:26:35 PM »

That fish is awesome!  Grin Now to figure out how to incorporate stumpwork in one of my ideas.
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« Reply #164 on: June 10, 2014 01:40:44 PM »

Thanks!   Smiley
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« Reply #165 on: June 10, 2014 05:21:52 PM »

So many wonderfully tiny creations! I'm feeling really inspired. I think I might start some sketches to get my brain moving in the right direction.
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« Reply #166 on: June 10, 2014 08:53:52 PM »

Ludi the fish is wonderful I hope to try leaving the felt loose like that.  Bet the technique would work on a butterfly.

calliemae, Ludi gave you very good advice.  99% of the time I find that a long thread is the reason I get knotted thread.  Some people like to wax the thread, personally I don't like waxing but it is supposed to strengthen the thread, pass it through the fabric better and keep the thread from tangling.

Hope that helps.

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« Reply #167 on: June 10, 2014 09:37:42 PM »

I finally got a semi-decent picture of the two squares I completed.  I decided not to outline everything in advance because I am going to try different stitches.  These first two are done with chain stitch, using the second technique provided to us...

I am doing mixed media, so I have used beads, clay and thread...going to do most of my squares like this as it is what I like.

The moon and the sun.  I am actually more of a moon person, so I gave more emphasis to the moon.



Close-up of moon.  I used backstitch and "stab" stitch:


Close-up of sun. Trying to get better at those pesky French knots! Grin.



I am mostly winging it...drawing right on my fabric with a pencil and then stitching...I am going to try stem stitch tomorrow.
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« Reply #168 on: June 10, 2014 10:41:05 PM »

Oh wow Always, those celestial squares are really pretty! I am partial to the moon myself. Wink
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« Reply #169 on: June 11, 2014 12:03:00 AM »

Wow those tiny clay faces are gorgeous, and your stitching is wonderful!
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