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« on: January 26, 2009 09:06:14 AM »

I made this piece for my hubby for his birthday.  I borrowed his handkerchief before we went our separate ways to school with permission to alter it, then a couple months later, viola.

I've been taking tango classes so I like to imagine that we are the dancers doing the tango.  I'm happy with it except that the guy's back has an eXtreme arch  Smiley I got the design idea from a line drawing of dancers I saw on an embroidery site. 

His initials are WMD (hehe), so that's downplayed a bit for those of us who spend a long time figuring out whether the D is the first, middle, or last initial.

So.. this is what the back of the handkerchief looks like.  I've never really needle-anythinged before, and I wasn't actually sure how to go about it.  Should I be doing lots of little tie-offs, or is it all one continuous thing since I only used one color?  I also clearly didn't use a real stitch... I should probably just look it up on youtube, but I always prefer input from real life crafty people  Smiley 

Thanks for looking!  You guys are an inspiration for me to do random lil things when the mood strikes.
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009 09:24:39 AM »

This is great.
Will he feel guilt wiping his nose with it? I would.

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009 09:32:16 AM »

I've never done embroidery before either but I really want to for a valentine present I'm dreaming up, so I can't give you any advice but I think it looks wonderful!! :-)

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009 09:57:50 AM »

This is a wonderful little embroidery and you did a great job! 

Some advice for the back.  There is no wrong way to do it.  In my opinion, as long as the front looks good, who cares about the back?

In my experience, sometimes little knots on the back have a way of pulling into the front, but that is because I use and launder my embroidered things.  One of the things needleworkers do is run threads along the backsides of stitching so that there aren't long trails across blank areas.  You can embroider without knots entirely, all you have to do is run the threads back and forth along some stitches on the underside.  You can also start your first color with a "waste knot".

I hope you'll keep embroidering!  It's such fun!

« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009 10:22:38 AM »

It's cute... I really liked, good idea!

Greetings from Buenos Aires, come here and practise your tango lessons!  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009 01:57:23 PM »

I made sure he was ok with using it  Cheesy, and he shows it to me every time I see him and it is in his pocket.

thanks a bunch for the tips IamSusie Grin

and quimera, you have no idea how often my tango teacher tells us about how amazing it is to tango in buenos aires!!  I have a friend dancing his buns off there right now, I really must go one day  Cheesy
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009 07:23:16 PM »

That turned out really nice. I would say the male dancer is just really buff thru the shoulders and upper chest and then has a trim waist ;-).

I use knots for starting and ending threads -- it's what I'm most comfortable with. I do wash embroidered things frequently and haven't had my knots pull thru. I almost always stitch with two threads of floss, and I tie my knots three or four times, depending on how tight a weave the fabric has.

When I'm stitching on a sheer fabric, like hankies tend to be, I tend to tie off and start new threads rather than carrying threads across the fabric, only because when you hold the sheer fabric up the threads carried across on the backside will often show thru on the frontside. On something that's not sheer, it's less of an issue to me. Sometimes I do what Susie mentioned, and that's threading thru stitching on the backside. I think how the backside looks is strictly personal preference. I like the backsides of my projects to look neat, so I don't mind tying off or threading thru backside stitches Smiley

« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009 09:20:57 AM »

Hi, Moose
I'm embarrased... I don't know to dance tango hhahaaaa
I have a Hong Kong friend, she came here 5 times (5!). She not only dances but sings tango, she always ask me Come with me to milonga, but no way, I didn't learn

 there are many many places, if you come, drop me a line, you don't need to go to touristic places for dancing tango, I'll tell you where to go.
Meanwhile, look a little about tango shoes and get some inspiration for more needlework! (but remember that you don't need these expensive shoes for enjoy dancing)
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009 10:05:19 PM »

Very pretty. What a great gift for your hubby.

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