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« on: April 16, 2009 02:44:03 PM »

This is my second embroidery project (see my blog or previous post on craftster for the first) and may have made too big a leap this time. This time inspired by a picture my boyfriend drew for me this christmas. It was a very pretty I.O.U. for a bottle of perfume, you can see it above.

I decided to embroider it onto a dress I often ignore because it's a bit plain (I think this was the either brave or reckless part) As with last time I was lazy so I didn't really draw out the pattern and did most of it by eye. The bottom is a little wonky, but otherwise I am fairly pleased with the outline... However when I was trying to fill it in with satin stitch I ended up un-picking a lot.

The main part I'm having problems with is the main part of the bottle behind the label. How should I fill in large areas without it going baggy??

Thank you for your help..!

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009 08:53:44 PM »

Hmmm, that's a tough one with that kind of fabric. I've done a satin stitch on satin material before and it worked out. Let me think about it more.

« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009 02:59:29 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009 04:22:51 PM »

Since you already have a pattern on the fabric you could stitch in to either complement it or contrast with it. 

What about a pattern stitch like half-cross stitch or chevron?  Do rows across the bottle, like this:


That fabric is so pretty I'd try it with  a silver metallic thread and use French knots, but that's a lot of work and metallic thread can be a bear to stitch with.

If you're not already, I'd use a stabilizer behind the fabric, like stitch 'n tear.  Then your fabric will lay flatter as you stitch.

Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009 04:49:24 PM »

Thank you I hadn't thought of lining the material with anything!

I have already done some filling in of other areas. I used chain stitch on what would be the metal part of the bottle to give the effect of guilt work. I kind of wanted something more subtle for the liquid part. Is there any way of giving the impression of a smooth block of colour without having to use too long a stitch?

« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2009 09:50:24 AM »

I don't know if this is the look you're going for but what I've done on things like blades of grass and hair is to fill in using the back stitch because it gives the appearance of individual strands or lines. That might work for the puffer end (where you squeeze to make the scent come out)
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2009 10:45:31 AM »

Have you tried couching? Maybe something like the "bayeux stitch" could work?

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