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Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk

 

Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk

 

Threading up

 

The general rule for this kind of embroidery:  

Use one strand of thread where possible — it always looks better when one strand is used in a design.

Rather use more stitches instead of  thick, bulky threads to fill in detail.

 

 

Separate one strand from the six and thread onto a size 8, 9 or 10 crewel/embroidery needle.

The size of the needle will depend on the thickness of the thread. 

 

 

When tracing shapes

 

 

 

To prevent marks in your book: Use a black pen with a fine point to trace the shapes from the book

onto tracing paper or a thin sheet of white paper. Then trace your shapes from the paper.

Tracing shapes directly from your book onto water-soluble fabric or organza ribbon could leave unsightly pen marks

 

 

Preventing dark threads from showing

 

 

 

 

Caution: as you stitch, take care not to cross over any light areas at the back of your work (like the little boy’s face and hands) as the threads could show through along pale sections on the design.

 

When making organza shapes like leaves and wings

 

 

 

When cutting out organza shapes, place a sheet of white paper on your desk in front of you.

The outlines on the organza will be more visible.

 

 


 

 

I have some more hints and tips to share with you in the weeks to come. 

 

 


Enjoy your weekend 

 

Love

 

Di

 

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