I want to embroider, its just that I am a rank beginner

by Dawn Jorgensen
(Milpitas, CA USA)

and am frustrated beyond words in my inability to find projects I want to work with!

Just about everything is cross stitch (I live in "Silicon Valley", N. California), not the surface embroidery I want. I want to do more than the satin stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy, french knot, etc. I want to do a sampler, like I seen that girls used to do in the 1800s.

It has been suggested that I find a picture I like and go from there. Fine, but I am not in the least bit artistically inclined, and NEED TO BE TOLD what to do. Colors, stitches, EVERYTHING. I am not kidding! I am not being modest. Words, well, I can modestly put together, but not colors, drawings, stuff like that.

The only analogy I can give is a kindergartner tracing over and over the letters until she can duplicate the same. I hover just above zero when it comes to being able to visualize something I have never seen before.

For example, until I saw a picture of the Cliffs of Dover, I couldn't see it. It was so foreign sounding, until I saw that picture! NOW I can understand it! Bad example, but I hope you understand what I am getting at.

I am pathetically grateful for your time and attention to my frustrated ramblings!

Dawn Annette Jorgensen! 43 years old.

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beginner at embroidery has some questions

by Tracy
(Leavenworth, WA)

I've never done embroidery before and am so interested in learning many things I wished I had been taught as a child.

I have bought the supplies and a simple pattern but I have some questions.

First, my project has some words on it - do i tie off after each letter or continue with the same thread? What is the process of tying off correctly so your project stays nice?

The same with the picture I'm outlining - when do I tie off, when Im done with the entire color in my project or after each little section? I'm not sure if it will bunch up if I use the same strand.

Thank you, Tracy

Carol answers...
It is never too late to learn, Tracy.

Embroidery is a wonderful past-time and I hope to encourage many people to try it through creating this web site.

You don't say whether your pattern is for free-style embroidery using different stitches, or whether it is a counted cross stitch design. Each of these types of needlework uses a different fabric or cloth, some of which are more "transparent" thank others.

If you are doing cross stitch on Aida fabric it is quite forgiving and will to some extent hide any loose threads that travel from letter to letter on the back of the work. Although I would still not advise carrying it too far!

If you are working on a fine silk or muslin cloth then any carried threads will show through from the right side of the work, so you want to avoid doing this if at all possible.

My page about embroidery floss gives tips on finishing off your threads, which may be helpful to you.

I would suggest fastening off the thread once you have completed an area of a color and there is no other section close by done in the same shade. This will avoid too much thread being carried across the back and reduce the possibility of the fabric puckering up.

I would love to see your embroidery project when it is completed. Again, well done to you for having a go.



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