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Lynn Downward LDownward at chori.org
Wed Feb 20 08:54:19 PST 2002

A backstitch is a very sturdy stitch, if it's appropriate for where
your sewing is.  I would suggest that you get that quilters' tape
that's marked in 1/4" or 1/8" .  You can tape it down and use it as a
marker - it'll not only give you a straight line but will give you a
measured guide to make your stitches even.


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>Hi to everyone on the list!
>I am poking my head out of my lurk hole to ask for some advice. I
>am(insanely)making a kilt for my ex(?)BF to wear to my friend's SCA wedding.
>(I know, pleated kilts aren't "period," but he thought the Great Kilt, my
>choice, was too complicated, which is why I am stuck doing this!) I'm mostly
>following the Folkwear pattern, which uses a lot of handsewing, mostly fell
>stitch. The problem is that my handstitching tends to be kind of
>higgeldy-piggeldy. The thought occurred to me that to keep the stitches
>uniform I could treat this like counted thread embroidery. *But*, one, my
>enthusiasm for embroidery of all sorts far outstrips my ability, and two, we
>are using a grey and black tartan.  So my question is: can you count threads
>on black ground fabric, and if so, how difficult is it?  Can I do this without
>going blind and/or ripping my hair out?  Also, I was looking at the
>of the stitch again, and it only shows a single thread being used.  Is this
>going to be strong enough? (I'm using quilting thread).  I'll admit that the
>h-pness of my stitches isn't quite as noticeable with just one thread, but I
>don't want his pleats to fall out!
>Thanks for any advice you can give me and I apologize if this isn't completely
>on topic for the list.  If anyone has used this pattern or hand-sewn a kilt
>before and has any tips or tricks they would like to pass on to me off-list I
>would love to hear them!
>Michal (just like the boy's name, but no "e")


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