Embroidery Stitch-a-long. Part 5: the Dreaded BUT Sexy Metallic Thread!!!
I hope that all went well last week with the roses embroidery.
At this point I guess that your Tote Bag is starting to look great. If you have pictures of your works to post on Instagram, that would be RAD! Don’t forget to tag me @vintagemadbym so I can see you!
Today to something very special: the Metallic Embroidery Floss.
I know that a lot of embroiderers are avoiding to use it at all costs, because it can be a real pain to work with, because it tangles, it makes knots, it is fragile and frays and it breaks easily. BUT it is so beautiful! It always does make your embroideries look special. So I really wouldn’ t remove it from your needlework paraphernalia if I were you. There are a few tips that are great to know and that makes the stitching bearable.
First of all: keep it short!
Second tip: the needle!
Get a needle that is big enough, a size 7 embroidery needle is gonna make it easy for you. By using a pretty wide needle, you will poke the fabric and leave a good size “hole” for your thread to pass. If the needle is small, the thread will struggle to go through the fabric and will certainly get damaged quickly.
Third tip: a bit of magic!
Last tip: a useful tool!
Use a laying tool to guide your thread in and out of the fabric, or use just a finger or a seam ripper. The thing is to keep the thread straight and tight to ease the stitches.
Now back to our Tote!
We will start using the metallic gold thread this week to stitch the fringes of the sleeves, with 4 strands of metallic thread and a Backstitch!
Keep calm, and ...Let me know how it goes!
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