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« on: April 25, 2006 10:42:58 AM »

     I had been using cheap craft felt for the base material.  Depending on your needs, a different fabric could (and probably should) be used.  If youre working on a relatively large patch you plan to later applique onto another item felt is good because you dont need a hoop.  With the big thick satin stitches, you almost need a scroll frame to prevent the mashing and damage that would be caused by an ordinary hoop if the design were to be caught in the edges.  But if youre making a large design the felt tends to stretch while you work, unevenly distorting the finished product.  Something that needs to be machine washable should not be made with cheap craft felt.  I am using DMC embroidery floss because its cheap and readily available, but you could use any fiber/fabric combo that suited your fancy.

1.   Find a nice picture of a stained glass window or any other picture you can divide up into component chunks.

2.   Transfer the design outline to your fabric (using your preferred method, appropriate for the fabric.)  My favorite cheap easy trick for a project like this where the outline will be completely covered is to print the design on an inkjet printer, place the sheet face down on your fabric and heat the paper with an iron.  The heat transfer process that originally fixed the image to the paper will also transfer the image to the fabric.  (NOTE this method is not suitable for acrylic felt!  It melts!  I use a light box and extra fine Sharpie pen for felt.)

3.   Outline the leading in black backstitch.  

4.   Fill in the pieces of glass with satin stitch.  Getting the stitches to lay flat can be tricky, but I have a few tips.  I usually use all six strands for maximum coverage and speed, but it is crucial that you separate the strands before threading the needle.  Otherwise, you end up with a fat twisted rope that doesnt look good.

5.   When the design is all filled in, carefully trim off the extra fabric.  I like to do this from the back so you can see where all the threads are.  Its OK if you lightly nip one of the black threads that forms the outline of the shape because you will be sewing over that in the next step.  Its not OK if you snip one of the colored threads, be careful.

6.   Using the black floss again, use an overhand stitch to wrap over the raw edges.  If youre patient here you can continue to separate the strands of floss for a smoother finish, but I usually give up by this point.  Its important that the stitches are very close together.  Also, it looks lumpy if you go back to fill in a void between stitches, so be careful to get it right the first time.

(Sorry, it was hard totake a  picture of myself sewing...)

7.      You're done!

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2006 10:48:17 AM »

Here are some others I did for "a buggy swap".

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2006 10:49:01 AM »

What a great tutorial!

Brilliant idea and wonderful finished product! Your patches are so professional looking.

I am definately going to try this out. Thanks so much!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2006 10:59:22 AM »

Wow they are beautiful, but must take asolutely forever to make!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2006 11:15:48 AM »

wow that is beautiful!! geeze! great job! and great tutorial

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2006 11:23:45 AM »

Nah, they don't take too long.  I used about 3 extremely unfocused nights on the sailboat.  Smaller ones are obviously quite bit quicker.

« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2006 11:28:54 AM »

Beautiful patches, and wonderful tutorial! Very clear. Thanks so much for posting this!

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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2006 12:30:17 PM »

They're amazing.
I'm going to have to dig out my glass painting books. Thankyou so much for the tutorial,

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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2006 01:43:34 PM »

Your patches are awesome!

I love the look of stained glass, so it's always cool to see a new way of using it...and I've recently got back into needlecrafts like cross stitch and embroidery, so I'll definitely have to try this out.  Thanks for sharing  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2006 03:05:03 PM »

Trifarina these are so awesome.  I love how the combination of varigated and solid color floss really gives it that multicolor look like stained glass. These are so beautiful.  and just in case nobody is aware, that sailboat design came from the Westsail logo, which just happens to be the boat I live on!  I love this technique.  I can't wait to try one myself, although mine will be small, but not too small, because I am a clod and just hope I don't screw it all up.  I love love love these.
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