how to end a stitch on hand embroidery

by Donna
(Longview, WA USA)

My mother embroidered forever and did incredible work...I have always just knotted my thread on the back and she didn't..she did it the right way and I would like to know how to do it!

Carol answers
If you are using an even number of strands, Donna, you could try the loop method to start your thread which I explain on the following page...

Embroidery Floss

To finish the thread I like to run it underneath some of the stitches on the wrong side of the work, I then change direction and run it under a few more either backwards or to one side or the other. This should keep the stitches secure.

You can also lay the tail end of the thread you are finishing along a line where you will be working with the new thread. Then catch it underneath as you work the following stitches. To help keep it in place, I bring it back to the surface of the work a little way ahead, then work the stitches over the top of the tail. Finally cut off the end of the thread, once my stitching has reached it.

I hope that makes sense. :)


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Carol ..Thanks!
by: Doona

My daughter who lives in Hawaii went to an embroidery shop and the woman told her of the same just didn't come across over the phone..but you have helped tremendously..I'm going to try it this evening !!! Thank You again!!

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