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Dewberry89
« on: October 17, 2010 06:06:32 PM »

Hey all, I just wanted a bit of advice ^.^

I'm thinking about embroidering my mother-in-law some leather gloves for Christmas. I've done some embroidery before but just on thin material, cotton, linen etc.

Anyone got any tips for embroidery on leather or anything I should know before I go wrecking gloves? Will normal embroidery needles and floss be ok?

Thanks in advance! Smiley
« Last Edit: October 17, 2010 06:07:28 PM by Dewberry89 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Confuzzle
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 07:54:42 PM »

1. Don't put your stitches too close together, or it will make the leather weak along the stitch lines. If they're really really close, it can rip apart altogether.

2. If you use either blunts or betweens, switch up to sharps.

3. Thimbles are your friends.

4. Check and see if the leather has a definitive stretch to the grain (if it stretches one way, but not another). You may have to alter the pattern slightly to take the grain into consideration.

5. Post pics when you're done. Greedy people like me want to see.  Grin
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jemimah
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010 08:08:49 PM »

It sounds like a gorgeous idea ... but difficult!

My experience is more with appliqueing leather (gold and silver kid) to fabric for goldwork, but I'm sure some similar tips will apply.

I echo what Confuzzle says - stitches not too close, sharp needles, and you'll really need a thimble.

Also:-
- don't put it in a hoop (I can't imagine how you could with gloves anyway Cheesy), the leather will mark too easily
- remember if you unpick anything, it will leave a permanent mark, it's better to just alter the design
- depending on the design, you could look at using applique rather than fill stitching for any solid areas - it would mean much less piercing of the leather, and you'll likely get a better result

I would strongly recommend getting a scrap of leather and testing it out before you start on the gloves, as you can't unpick without marks - good luck! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010 08:46:16 AM »

I would use an upholstery or leather needle instead of a normal embroidery needle. I agree, see if you can find a scrap first and try it out. Please post them if/when you do it. I would love to see the final project.
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