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Topic: How can I get the front to look thick like the back?  (Read 1950 times)
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« on: October 16, 2011 01:11:58 PM »

I'm making a Harold and the Purple Crayon piece.  It's the last page where Harold is in bed asleep.  My 5 year old cracks up at the part where it says "The purple crayon dropped on the floor, and Harold dropped off to sleep", so I thought I could embroider that for him to put over his bed.

I traced it onto fabric and so far I have the window and moon finished, but I don't like it.  I am doing backstitch with 4 strands of floss (to get the right color).  I feel like if I do 6 strands, the point where the thread goes in and out will be too obvious.  I tried to do it with satin stitch and I think it would take 10 years to finish... way too much work.

When I turn over the piece, I LOVE the way the back looks.  It's nice and THICK just like the drawing strokes in the original picture.  How can I get the front to look that way?  Is there a certain stitch to use for this?  Or should I trace the design mirrored on the back and backstitch on the back instead??

I am new to this.. i have done some cross stitch but only a couple really simple embroidery pieces with no special stitches.  Help?

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011 02:22:34 AM »

You could just work it in stem stitch. It's practically the reverse of a backstitch so you'll get the back part of the backstitch on the front.

This link might be helpful: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/8312/how-to-five-handy-embroidery-stitches/page/all

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2011 09:38:37 PM »

Thanks!  I thought about stem stitch but I'm nervous about using it around curves.  Guess I'll do a practice piece first.

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011 10:06:11 AM »

Try the split stitch, it will definitely look thicker.  (It looks thicker on the back with back-stitch because you are doubling over the existing stitch to make the next one.)

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2011 12:10:40 PM »

Thanks!  I thought about stem stitch but I'm nervous about using it around curves.  Guess I'll do a practice piece first.

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.  Smiley

Stem stitch goes around curves fine, just keep your stitches short. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2011 04:09:27 AM »

One of the best things about stem stitch is it's ability to do curves really smoothly Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2011 08:25:25 AM »

I'm late chiming in here, but I agree with stem stitch 100%.  It's actually my favorite stitch!  It goes around curves nicely, and I find that if I work counter-clockwise around a curve it's perfect.  If I work clockwise around a curve, sometimes I have to go back and tack an errant stitch back into the curve.

Counter-clockwise makes for a really nice way to go around curves with stem stitch.
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