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« on: March 08, 2006 03:03:48 PM »

Hi there,

I'm new, to posting on craftster and to embroidery.  Usually I stick to knitting and jewelry making, but when I saw Sublime Stitching I couldn't resist!

So I have an idea.  I was thinking about being able to wear my embroidery, but don't like how permanent it is for certain clothing items.  I had an idea - if I could figure out how to embroider a pin/brooch type thing, I could wear my embroidery on any clothing!  But I'm having trouble coming up with a blank I could embroider onto that could be turned into a pin, it would have to be sturdier than regular fabric.  Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2006 06:15:39 PM »

I've not tired this yet myself, but I want to try embrodering oin some flannel & painting the back with Eileens Tack it over & over.    Then oyu just smooth it on & take it off when you want to change your look
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2006 09:28:36 PM »

What if you embroidered on felt (which apparently is easy) and then put like velcro on the back and somehow stuck it on your clothes? That sounds weird, but it might work!

Or are you thinking of sewing it to your clothes, and then unsewing it and resewing it? This is such an intriguing idea! Show us when you are done, please!
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2006 12:12:27 AM »

My friend Trifarina makes these cool embroidered patches, like these she made for the Buggy Swap (I hope irid3sc3nt doesn't mind that I'm bragging on her swap booty!)


She does them from stained glass patterns, outlines them with black thread and then fills them in with satin stitch.  her little secret is to embroider on artificial felt, she claims it's stiff enough that you don't need a hoop.  She separates all 6 strands of the floss (removing the spin) so that they all lay flat when she puts them back together to fill in the satin stitch.  Perfectly smooth.  After filling in, she cuts them out and then does something she calls "overstitching" which I assume is just stitching around the edge to cover the edge of the felt.  Maybe irid3sc3nt can tell us more detail about the construction. 

I should mention that Trifarina has gone to sea on a research ship for a month, otherwise I'd be pressuring her to post a tutorial instead of trying to relate a method I've never tried myself.  I miss you trifarina!

anyway hope this helps somehow.
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2006 08:45:36 AM »

i do a lot of embroidery work on felt (for my little baby company, "my imaginary boyfriend").  i even make pins and broaches using felt and embroidery and it is indeed super easy.

i would use a wool or wool blend felt as opposed to the stuff you find at the craft store, it's sturdier and is easier to work with.  also, when working with felt, i'd reccommend not using a hoop.  i've tried with and without and it's much easier and nicer looking when finished, if you don't.  it will get a tad puckery while you work but all you need to do is hit it with a steam iron when you're done and all the puckers will come out.

hope this helps,

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