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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 






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