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« on: June 29, 2004 01:48:16 PM »

I'm having trouble embroidering small circles and filling them in on a new project. Whatever I try doesn't look even, and my circles look more like slashings with some borders. Any resources you know about that teach a good technique?  They're small circles, but bigger than a french knot would be...
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kmel
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2004 07:39:40 AM »

I have the same question, but it's about embroidering tight curves in general. Here are the options, as I see it:

a) satin stitch so the whole area (in your case the circle) is filled in
b) split stitch, making the stiches tiny around curves
c) split stitch, but bringing the needle back up just next to where it just went in (instead of halfway through the stitch)

But I'm wondering if there's something to do when (a) isn't an option and (b-c) just aren't cutting it. Split stitch can be a lot of effort sometimes.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2004 09:07:17 PM »

Have you tried a stem stitch? I used it here for the mermaid's pearl:

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2004 07:21:22 AM »

A-ha, yes of course. [head slap] Thanks!
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evaberry
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2004 01:18:05 AM »

Have you tried a stem stitch?

Yep, so if you stem stitch the border and then fill in the circle, making sure you go underneath the border with every stitch (so there aren't any gaps) it should work! It's nearly impossible to do it without making the border! Or you can fill it in first and then cover up the (untidy) edges with the stem stitch. Good luck!
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LuluB
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2004 12:28:31 PM »

Have you tried a stem stitch?

Yep, so if you stem stitch the border and then fill in the circle, making sure you go underneath the border with every stitch (so there aren't any gaps) it should work! It's nearly impossible to do it without making the border! Or you can fill it in first and then cover up the (untidy) edges with the stem stitch. Good luck!

i would (and do) do the fill and then the border.  it always gives you a more polished look.

erika
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