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embroidery materials - the basics

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 Fabric

There 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......

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Tutorial: Knitting Bobbles

noppen Bobbles are a kind of texture stitch. They are basically a stitch increased by a number of at least 3, then worked in shortrows and reduced to one stitch again. The number of increased stitches and shortrows define how big the bobble will become. In this tutorial I will show a bobble with 5 stitches and 2 shortrows. There is another stitch which is worked similar to the bobble. The nupp (pronounced with a long u) is also increased like the bobble but there are no shortrows involved. The nupp is reduced to one stitch on the reverse side.

The Bobble

noppen02 1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in onto the knitting needle. noppen03 2. Yarn over.
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Tutorial: crochet cast on (knitting)


- compared to other cast on methods it's very flexible - you don't have to worry about the length of a tail like with the long-tail methods - you can use this cast on for a provisional version, too, just use waste yarn for the cast on and knit on top of it with your project yarn. later on you can undo the crochet cast on and pick up your stitches easily


- due to it's flexibility it's not very good at parts where you need crisp edges Essentially you make a chain stitch crochet row with your knitting needle between the loops. If you take out the knitting needle you simply have a chain stitch line. The crochet cast on complements most basic cast off methods. co-crochet...

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Tutorial: Felt flowers pattern

feltflowertutorial1 These two felt flowers are easy to make and don't need a lot of preparation or material. They were very popular at the workshop because they are so fast and easy to make. For one flower you need: - 11cm / 4.5inch x 3.5cm / 1.4inch of felt - scissors - sewing needle and thread (or you cheat and glue it all together, but you have not heard it from me ;)) When you cut the felt in step 2 make sure to cut in more than half way (about 2 thirds) or the stem will be too large. For the large brooch make the felt strip longer and wider. To glue the flowers on hair pins I used power adhesive ( I don't know if that's the right word, it's very strong glue). You can find the lollipop colored hairclips here and the
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Tutorial: tuck stitch (knitting) with video

I made a tutorial video about knitting the tuck stitch. Still trying to work out how to position the camera and my hands to make everything easy to follow. I also recognized, I'm a little bit to fast - what do you think? I'm glad for every bit of feedback, because I want to extend the video section. I like to watch tutorials in moving pictures rather than static ones myself and it is fun to film for me, too. No sound until now, my spoken english is not the best and at the moment it will be subtitles only. So here it goes, the tuck stitch knitting tutorial: ...

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Tutorial: knitting intarsia in garter stitch

Usually intarsia is knitted in stockinette stitch (every front side stitch is knit, every back side stitch is purled). In most cases it's not neccessary to make a beautiful or reversable back side when knitting stockinette stitch because you will not see it anyway. That is why it's possible to just twist the yarns at the transition points and go on. This is totally adaptable to garter stitch intarsia IF you knit straight lines and no diagonal patterns. It all get's complicated if you want to to the diagonal lines. If you use the twisting only the backside will look untidy at the back side when leaningto the left and on the front side when leaning to the right. This is caused mainly because of the nature of the purl stitch. If you work a knit stitch over a purled one in two different colors you will see, that the line......

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