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treat yo self // embroidering with pellon interfacing

Treat Yo Self


I'm not always big on doing this in my life, but sometimes, you just need to treat yo self. Especially when it comes to your stitching. Now, there are some fancy things you can add to your embroidery tools and supplies, but most of them still aren't huge expenses. But they still feel like a treat. This simple thing is a treat yo self embroidery supply for me.

Treat Yo Self

Pellon fusible middleweight interfacing.

Did I blow your mind? Did you die of boredom? Let me explain.

I recently made a project that I thought would benefit from some interfacing. It also had some embroidery, and I knew that I was going to need to plan on stitching through the fabric with the interfacing fused to the back. And it was heaven.

The interfacing acts as an embroidery stabilizer, which helped keep my stitches in line, keeping tension beautifully. It prevents the fabric from stretching oddly, and you don't even need to stitch with a hoop! (You can still use a hoop though...I've tried it both ways.)

And I'm not sure why exactly, but I felt like the needle and embroidery floss just slid right through. Like butter. I love butter.

Treat Yo Self

Usually I iron the interfacing onto the back of the fabric before I transfer the embroidery design. Because the material is now thicker, a light box helps for tracing. I've also used this with Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy on linen and it handles the soaking just fine.

If you over-iron it, I find that it tends to wrinkle just a bit (you can see it if you look closely at the photo above), but it doesn't affect the front or your stitching.

Darling Dachshund Teeny Pillow

I'm not sure that I'd say that this makes my embroidery look any different than it would if I didn't use the Pellon, although, I think it does keep the fabric a little smoother. But that's sort of the point of treat yo self. It makes the process more enjoyable for me, and it might just do the same for you.

By the way, this post is NOT sponsored by Pellon in any way. I just discovered that I love using this with my embroidery these days.

Darling Dachshund Teeny Pillow
Darling Dachshund Teeny Pillow
Darling Dachshund Teeny Pillow

After I embroidered my little Darling Dachshund, I made it into a wee pillow, at the request of my little sister. It could be a pin cushion, but I can't bear to stick pins in this pup! So it's just tiny and cute.

And if you want your own Darling Dachshund embroidery pattern, head over to my Instagram feed and look for his pic to see how you can get the PDF!

Now, tell me...what's your favorite way to treat yo self when you are embroidering?

14 comments:

  1. cute little pup! i definitely enjoy interfacing my embroidery projects when i can or need too... when i am in "treat yo self" mode with embroidery, it usually takes the form of new threads/fibers to play with. sometimes it means i try a more expensive brand of embroidery floss, other times it is a different thing altogether (#8 perle cotton, wool crewel yarn...i just order some silk/wool blend stuff i can't wait to try and i got it on sale!). one of my biggest treats this year was signing up for Rebecca Ringquist's dropcloth sampler subscription series. sometimes, just carving out the time to stitch is the "treat yo self" moment. :)

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  2. I've just started making decorative throw pillows with embroidered sayings on them and was wondering if I should be using a stabilizer such as this to hold my stitches better. I may have to give this a try!

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  3. I treat myself by stitching something I love for me

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  4. Afraid I'm going to have to pass on the Darling D PDF hunt. Although I'd love to have the PDF, I don't have a clue how to find your Instagram feed or anyone else's unless they give me a very obvious link to click. So I'll pass on this one, although I hope you don't do it to me again. BTY, I suspect I'm not the only one who doesn't use Instagram or have a clue about it. Thanks for listening, Lou.

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    1. Hi Lou, I'm so sorry this caused some frustration. The Darling Dachshund is meant to be something fun for Instagram folks. There was supposed to be a link to my feed (I fixed it now), but if you don't use Instagram, it still might not help you out. Can you send me an email? I'd like to just send you the Dachshund.

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    2. dear lou,
      i don't wish to start a tiff in the comments section, but reading your comment made me cringe. i find it hard to believe that you couldn't have made your point in a nicer way. mollie, i applaud your diplomacy.

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  5. I am feeling one of those DOH! moments. But of courses pellon would make the embroidery more stable. Why didn't I think of that? [mumbles incoherently]

    Thanks for the tip Mollie!

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  6. My favorite treat is a brand new, not bent, not dull needle and the best part is that it is such an affordable pleasure. I figured out how to get to the DD on Instagram but have no idea how to hashtag a photo. Heavy sigh. Feeling decidedly unhip at the moment! No dachshunds for me today :-(

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  7. A new water fusible pen when the other dries out!

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  8. I can't embroider to save my life but I just wanted to commoner because this is too cute.

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  9. oooh I would love it if you could send me the pattern. I am not on Instatgram...sigh...this would be a perfect wee giftie for my daugher.
    Claire
    c7lonergan@rogers.com

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  10. Do you think using this interfacing on the back of the linen hexagons for the Stitching Club projects would be a good idea? I think I'm going to try that.

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    1. I think it would work well. You might want to cut the interfacing to the size of the finished hexagon, not with the seam allowance.

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