[HNW] Extant Examples of German Embroidery
Allison263 at aol.com
Fri Apr 15 08:44:45 PDT 2005
In a message dated 4/15/05 11:06:33 AM, kayta at frys.com writes:
<< I couldn't get the ends
of the individual stitches to line up. This made what ought to have been
be straight lines be all zig-zaggy and irregular instead.
It *sounds* like your fabric was not even weave. In other words, the count of
the threads is different horziontally and vertically. That would cause your
motifs to not line up correctly.
Years ago I got some great advice that's really true: if you're having
trouble with a project, look at the materials before you blame yourself. Almost 100%
of the time it is your materials that are fighting you, not any lack of
skill. In your case, I'd say that you're thread (pearle cotton) is WAY too thick
for the thread count of your fabric. Also, if your fabric is of undeterminate
fiber origin, it could be a blend that simply doesn't like to be worked with
thread. It also sounds like the thread count of the fabric may be too small for
what you're trying to do. Have you thought about going over two threads,
instead of one, in your design? That would double the size of the motifs but might
make for easier stitching.
You might also think about finding inexpensive silk (and there IS such a
thing!). Splendor is an excellent silk thread, it's readily available, comes in
dozens of colors, and it's only a couple bucks a card. It's 12 ply, so one card
can go a long way. If silk simply isn't in your budget, then I don't see a
problem with using DMC at all. Use what you can find, get the best you can
afford, make something beautiful, and don't worry about it!
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