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« on: May 04, 2006 01:25:45 PM »

I made this over the last 4 days as a gift for my mom for Mother's Day this year. I'm a beginning embroiderer, so I think I made some mistakes while doing this. Most noticeably, there is puckering. I'm still going to frame it though and I love how it looks in general.

If anyone has advice about puckering--help me out. I used a round frame and it just doesn't seem to keep the fabric taut enough for me. I think the material I chose was kind of dense too and therefore I had to pull the fabric more to get the needle through.


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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2006 01:38:07 PM »

That's really pretty!  I especially like the effect of embroidering on a striped fabric.

Most of my anti-puckering tips would only work as preventative measures before you start, but you could try "blocking" it.

If you have used dyefast threads (like the cheap DMC floss) you can wet the fabric through, just put it in a bowl of water until it's sopping.  Next, you want to place it embroidered side dwon on a really plush towel, or something else that will accomodate the relief of your stitches.  Then apply a hot iron and watch the steam come off.  Move the iron to different parts of the fabric by picking it up and placing on another section.  Don't drag the iron, this can cause wrinkles.  You don't have to cook all the water out, just put it aside to dry flat while it's slightly damp still.

In the future, an iron-on stabilizer might help.  Also, what kind of hoop do you have?  It is an old-fashioned wooden one?  Or the spring clamp type?  I like the latter, picture here.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2006 01:45:30 PM »

Thanks! I will try the washing and ironing trick. Smiley

I used a spring clamp hoop for this project, but in the past I have used the wooden ones. I will try an iron on stabilizer next time. I also saw that it is a good idea to use frames for bigger projects, but I didn't really thing this was so big.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2006 01:49:54 PM »

that is beautiful!  definitely doesn't look like a beginner's work!

as for the puckering, have you tried using stabilizer?  that can help keep your work flat.  i prefer the wash-away kind to the tear-away.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2006 03:18:06 PM »

I think I'm going to have to get a frame soon.  I have a large scale project in mind that would not be good to get caught in a hoop.  I've never had one, or honestly seen one in person...  I'll probably have to buy it online too and I would rather shop for it.  Maybe I can wait until I have time to drive to the city andreally  look.  We'll see!
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2006 03:29:06 PM »

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I think I'm going to have to get a frame soon.  I have a large scale project in mind that would not be good to get caught in a hoop.  I've never had one, or honestly seen one in person...  I'll probably have to buy it online too and I would rather shop for it.  Maybe I can wait until I have time to drive to the city andreally  look.  We'll see!

i know that joann's sells them, but you might want to call in advance and make sure they have them in stock.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2006 03:35:03 PM »

Yeah, but I have to 1.5 hours to get to the nearest Joann's... Cry
  on a road I hate more than all of the tuna fish sandwiches in the world.   Angry
Plus with gas what it is...   Shocked
this has to be a multi-tasking trip...
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2006 04:05:00 AM »

I don't like geraniums because they smell awful and they lose a lot of dried-out leaves. But that won't happen with your embroidered ones, they're lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2006 11:49:24 AM »

That's beautiful!

Not to go off topic, but you said you're a beginner, did you have someone teach you, or did you use a book? I'm just wondering because I'm interested in starting!
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2006 11:50:25 AM »

The embroidery looks just lovely, and I think the puckering just gives it character.  I'm sure your Mom will love it!
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