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« on: February 06, 2006 07:56:46 PM »

Ok, I am inspired by the Sublime Stitching patterns and want to learn to embroider.

I have bookmarked the relevant "learn to" sites.

I have the Veggie pattern and plan to try tea towels, but before I do: is this an easy pattern for a beginner?

What advice would you give to someone who is starting from embroidery ground zero?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2006 08:59:16 AM »

i think it's a good pattern, nothing about it is too small or detailed, so you should be fine.

just remember, embroidery is easy!  it's just coloring with thread.

as for tips:
-you'll find you'll get a neater stitch if you split your floss.  the standard on anything that's not super fine detail work is 3 or 4 strands.  i tend to use 3.  since the floss is 6 strands, it makes it easier to use the extra strands.

-on curves, the smaller the stitch the neater the curve, also, if you're doing a split stitch (which i reccomend!  love the split stitch!), begin your stitch right in the middle of the stitch you just finished.  it makes for nice curves and lines.

-don't fret too much about the back.  it's the back, who cares!?!

-most importantly, don't stress and have fun!

oh! and show us what you've done when you finish!

hope this helps,

« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2006 05:21:23 PM »

I used the Veggies pattern as my second project, they are very simple and easy to to.

I did a lucha libre mask first on a practice piece of fabric where I tried out all kinds of stitches.  I practiced first so I didn't ruin the apron I stitched the veggies on.  But sometimes your practice piece can be turned into something else later on, like as a patch or applique.  Or you can keep using it to practice more stitches, keep adding to it,  and have it become it's own thing, representing you learning embroidery  Smiley  That way if you're trying something that might be hard, you won't have to worry about ruining anything.   

I didn't have to practice because embroidery was hard though, it helped me learn how small to make stitches to make a good curve, how evenly spaced stitches should be and how big they can be and still look good.   It all just depends on you, I'm sure if you just jump right in you'll be fine. Smiley  Another reason I didn't jump in with my Veggies project is because I only had one apron and was unable to get another, unless I bought a million dollars (well, that's an exaggeration) on more pots and pans because it came with a set. Wink 

« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2006 08:35:23 PM »

Thanks for the advice! It's good to know that the thing I most wanted to do is within my grasp as a first project.

Progress will be noted. After the big knitting project is knocked out, it shall be veggies!
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