Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Adventures in Embroidery...

Posted by Strlady at 5:00 AM
It's nice to have had a long weekend to enjoy. After the storms we saw in Texas last week...

This was taken from my back porch.

I was ready for some of this:

I decided to work on my daughter's quilt but got sidetracked. You see, while I was off at Market a few weeks ago I got to chatting with the darling Gail Pan who designs some outstanding embroidery work like this one:

I had a bug about working on some embroidery this year but after seeing her work in person and seeing all the other wonderful quilts using embroidery as embellishments, I knew I had to dive in.

Isn't he cute?

Well I put that aside when I realized that I needed to get going with a special birthday present... Can't show you pics of that, but while I was working on this 'special' project I learned a lot about embroidery.

Things that I have learned as I teach myself to embroider

1) Read the instructions of the products you are using. They may save your final project...
2) Don't compromise your stitch length for speed. You will regret it when you look back at your work...
3) Visual tutorials make a BIG difference.
4) When it comes to curves, do as you would while driving a car, go slow to avoid derailing!!
5) Don't be a cheap A** and get good thread!

More on these points later in the week.

Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend and that your week started on a good footing!

3 comments on "Adventures in Embroidery..."

Thelma on May 31, 2011 at 5:08 AM said...

We had a storm free weekend too, it was wonderful. Have you been holding out on me, you've surely done embroidery before, your block is perfect! That is going to be one adorable quilt, and the color doesn't hurt it either!

Brenda on May 31, 2011 at 5:40 AM said...

LOL! I love your tips...but you forgot to add, "if all else fails, whip out the Sharpie!", LOL!

Monica on May 31, 2011 at 9:03 AM said...

Was it as hot and humid where you were as it was for me this weekend? Me and humid air don't mix well...especially in Renaissance clothing.


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