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« on: June 19, 2010 10:40:39 PM »

I made academically-themed graduation embroideries for my three closest friends at Amherst. The first one is for my friend who wrote her thesis on coevolution of Caribbean hummingbirds and heliconia flowers. I tried applique for the first time for the flower--is there actually some easier way to do this then folding under the edges and just sort of sewing it on? Stitches used: satin stitch, long and short stitch, and...chain stitch, I think. I regret the spot of the wing in which I mixed black and green satin stitch; I thought it would look cool, but that was quite wrong.

This embroidery was based off a photo by another friend of mine (he's an excellent photographer):

The second embroidery is the ipa vowel chart for my friend who is going into linguistics. Sorry about the blurry picture. The stitches used are backstitch and...chevron? Not sure what the border is called.

The third embroidery is an outline of Freud in backstitch for my psych major friend, but I can't find a photo of it. It was very simple embroidery, but I think it turned out nicely...I'll edit this post later if I can find a photo.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010 08:44:07 AM »

I really like all the textures.

« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010 08:21:33 PM »

Great gifts, I bet your friends love them!

I tried applique for the first time for the flower--is there actually some easier way to do this then folding under the edges and just sort of sewing it on?

You can use fusible web, and simply iron your fabric pieces together (read the instructions when you buy it, it's pretty easy). It's particularly handy for complicated shapes. If you don't like the raw edges of the  fabric, you can stitch over them (satin, blanket, herringbone, whatever you like).
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