I confess: I
sometimes often embroider things without a clue what to do with it afterwards. Additionally I have lots of embroidery I created for patterns but obviously I don't hang them ALL on the walls at home. It happened to me in the past, that I found a carefully stitched piece somewhere totally wrinkled up because most embroideries I make are square and not rectangular so nothing fits into the usual paper filing things.
So where should I store all of the embroidery without getting it wrinkled and lost? Some storage device is needed here!
A while ago (like 12 years ago...) I made a lot of drawings in larger format and had the same problem with my paper storage. I sew my own folder to hold the quantities of the many formats I was using. Looking at this folder I realized: that's exactly what I need for embroidery,......
I already see Valentine stuff popping up all around the net which reminds me that I have a Valentine embroidery pattern available here on the blog. Click here to get the pattern for free.
If you like mandalas as much as I do, see here for all of my mandala patterns.
There are some color combinations which I'm very fond of one of which is teal and pink and the other one is yellow and pink. Combined to teal-pink-yellow thie sweet little cross stitch comes out. Compared with the other 3 pieces in this series it is so cheery and round. No need to say I like it a lot!
Choosing the right materials can be very overwhelming, especially when you are new to embroidery. There is so much to choose from and it's getting more and more complicated the more you research. Does that sound familiar? There is no one thing fits all thing, but there are several standard things you can lean on for the beginning and go from there when you have more specific projects in your mind.
Let's take a look at the 4 major embroidery materials you'll need
1. The FabricThere is not THE fabric for everything. So the answer for which fabric to choose is very much depending on your project. However, there are some rules of thumb: The smaller and finer your project is, the finer your fabric should be. There are exceptions though, for example, there are small scale cross stitch designs with a looser weave. For cross......
I made another piece in the geometric embroidery theme. This time it's a fire and ice set of colors. I like matching orange and blue, it makes both colors shine a lot more than they would individually.
The other 2 pieces I made for this series are here and here.
Like last week, I'm enjoying cross stitch right now. Especially the mindless parts where I can circle around given lines make me happy (sometimes when I'm not in the cross stitch zone it's more like: argh this is so boring I don't want to do another cross anymore!). I have a mixed relationship with cross stitch as I stated before mostly because I like freestyle stitching and cross stitching (at least the way I do it right now) requires some more planning before the start. With free embroidery it's more like I pick colors, let them inspire me to make the line drawings, then change a lot while stitching and optimize on the go. It's easy to rip out stitches with most stitches I use at the moment.
Cross stitch is quite labor and yarn intensive. I ripped out A LOT of finished areas in this piece below because the......
I stumbled over this great tutorial on how to make a God's Eye. I immediately thought this would be awesome to stitch. Here is how I did it:
Mark a cross with even lengths for each arm.
With stem stitch embroidery the cross. I used my thread doubled for stability. Repeat the next 5 steps over and over again until your God's Eye has the desired size.
Don't you know where to put your stacks of embroidery hoops without them looking messy? I have a lot of different shapes and colors and used to simply hang them on a nail in the wall tangled together with a lanyard. With every new addition to the hoop family I hoped it will hold the weight and not fall down.
It was when I tried to put my hoop collection in place when I thought, there are knitter's bags, why not make one for embroidery hoops? So the first shape coming to my mind was obviously a circle. I mean when do you possibly have the chance to make a round bag for a practical purpose, right? A circle is also very easy to sew and there is nothing more to it than 3 strips,......