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Topic: first attempt at emboridery - day of the dead. suggestions please!  (Read 2548 times)
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« on: November 02, 2007 04:37:34 AM »

I knit and crochet, but have never tried my hand at embroidery, until yesterday when I woke up with an urge to make an embroidered day of the dead sugar skull...  I'd seen people talking about a sublime stitching pattern, and since I had gotten the book with the idea that I would eventually learn, I got it out and searched through it, only to discover that the pattern has to be bought separately.  So I sketched out a skull on paper and set about trying to copy it.

Here's what I've learnt so far about embroidery:
1) a scrap of an old, very thin t-shirt is probably not the best thing to embroider on, especially not for a first attempt.  but ironing a bit of interfacing on the back helps.
2) having a pattern to work with and actually ironing it on to the fabric would probably also make things much much easier.

In any case, can people who know what they're doing please have a look at what I've managed so far and let me know if they have any suggestions or criticisms to make it better?  I haven't done much decoration yet, just the main features.  Here's what I've done so far, with the paper that has some of my vague ideas so that you can see that it actually will eventually be a skull:

And here's a close-up of the stitching:

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007 05:16:37 AM »

Wow...you're a quick study!

Your stitches are beautifully even, and you are essentially embroidering freehand because there's no marking on the fabric. Even for someone who's been at it years, that would be quite an accomplishment and some people never get it.

You got it on your first try. You have a lot of aptitude for this; if you can do this with unstable fabric and no pattern...!

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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2007 05:30:40 AM »

That looks really great.  You are a natural!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007 05:41:53 AM »

Your stitches are wonderful - very even for a first timer.  Good on you in troubleshooting & adapting your materials to better suit the project (the interfacing and all that) - you're right, knits are difficult to embroider and interfacing is definitely the workaround of choice for many.  He already has the makings of a fine sugar skull Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007 05:59:26 AM »

I think it looks great!

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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007 06:23:35 AM »

I'm going to have to find a picture of my first embroidering project and show you my first stitches.  Yours are so even and precise.  Great job!!! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2007 02:31:26 PM »

Your stitching looks great.

« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2007 07:57:41 AM »

I think this looks great!

One of my first projects was on a knit (onesie for my daughter who was in the hospital) and I thought I hated embroidery! I think you're right, this was probably especially difficult for a first project, but you did a great job!

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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2007 10:20:28 PM »

I'm a bit behind on this, but I agree with everyone who says that you're doing a lovely job. Also, you don't have to have a pattern. You can always just draw your picture directly onto the material (once you have it just the way you want it, of course) with any washable pen, and that would make stitching it far more simple.

« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007 11:35:54 PM »

You can always just draw your picture directly onto the material (once you have it just the way you want it, of course) with any washable pen, and that would make stitching it far more simple.

i know this in theory, but i don't have any washable pens... let's just add that to the list of ways in which this project was poorly planned!  hehe... i'll definitely be getting some though, that's a good idea Smiley
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