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« on: March 12, 2006 02:10:40 PM »

I love embroidery but struggl to find projects with anyting but flowers on! Anyone know of any companies that sell young and fun embroidery patterns or any advice how I go about creating my own as I'm awful at drawing so don't feel confident at creating a design from scratch
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2006 02:32:29 PM »


You should try Sublime Stitching (www.sublimestitching.com).  They have a lot of fun embroidery patterns and kits!

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2006 08:08:35 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006 03:49:27 PM »

you can also use any kind of simple line drawings.... coloring book pages are perfect.   Or if you play around in photoshop (or similar program) you can get an outline out of a regular image.   Clip art is also easy to use as a pattern.  All you'll need is a transfer pen/pencil or transfer paper to get it on the fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2006 10:38:45 AM »

I'm about to start embroidery as well and I had a few questions.  I don't think I would have real problems with embroidering just lines, but what about solid areas like on this purse?

Is there any special trick to embroidering solid areas as well as things like those yellow dots?

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2006 11:25:57 AM »

the yellow dots are french knots and they are made by wrapping the thread around the needle before putting it back down thru your fabric. The solid is satiin stitch. If I were you I would go got the library and and get an embroidery handbook they always have excellent illistrations for tons of different stitches!

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2006 09:18:35 AM »

I just started embroidering, and satin stitch is a lot easier than it looks!  I used Jenny Hart's book, the "Stitch-it Kit."

She reccomends a few pages online for stitching diagrams (although you can also find them on her site, www.sublimestitching.com):

Johanna'a Needlework Stitches: http://www.webstitch.designwest.com

Sharon B's Online Stitch Encyclopedia: http://www.home.iprimus.com.au/ijerry/sharonb/stitchdict

Stitch Diagrams Links Page: http://www.users.rcn.com/kdyer.dnai/stitches.html
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2006 11:23:01 AM »

I usually use all six strands of the embroidery floss when making satin stitch for maximum coverage and speed, but it is crucial that you separate the strands before threading the needle.  Otherwise, you end up with a fat twisted rope that doesnt look good.  Make sure you take breaks to  let the thread and needle dangle freely every once and awhile to allow it to untwist.  I will often run the thread between my thumbnail and forefinger to get the strands to lay next to eachother and flat.  Also, when making a stitch I find it helpful to get the threads at the base (that will become your stitch) to lay flat on teh front of your work and trap it with your thumb as you pull the needle and slack thread through to the back.
You could also use a laying tool, some people swear by it.

« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2006 10:13:56 AM »

For large solid areas like on that purse, you could try blackwork.  It is a geometic repeat of a pattern, which can be simple to complex.  I think it's really interesting.  http://blackworkarchives.com/

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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2006 06:59:25 PM »

I got the sublime stiching patterns and found it was so easy but it doesnt say anything about filling stiches- thanks so much for the refrences.
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