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embroidery basics


Recently, all of these lessons were translated into Italian by Vale! Find her translations on her blog. Thanks, Vale!

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  1. i am SO checking these out -- currently on vacation in NY for 3 weeks and will be coming back to this page to figure out your embroidery basics!!

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  2. Thank you for the basic embroidery posts. And I really love the hymn. I appreciate your selection of embroidery phrases.

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  3. Anonymous6:43 AM

    Thank you for this series! I used to embroider as a little girl and this has helped me relearn some of the stitches I have forgotten (French knots, detached chains,etc). Thank you :)

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  4. I stalk your blog often even though I haven't tried much yet. All your photographs are so beautiful and make me want to dive in!! Your designs are precious, too. I'm hoping to hop aboard this embroidery train soon-I want to make embroidered table numbers for my wedding! Thanks for sharing - I just wanted to say hi!!

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  5. Thank you ever so much for these lessons. Even though I know most of them, it doesn't hurt to have proper instructions in front of you. The best part was the fill in ones, and the stem stitch which I have sort of avoided as I can't always get it to even look like stem stitch. The string of chain stitches was really good, as I usually only do detached chain or daisy stitch. Could you include some instructions for stitching on felt?
    Elaine

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  6. Lilly5:57 PM

    Hi, Mollie. Do you have a post that talks about how to store/organize all of your embroidery materials? I'm just starting out - how do you keep track of all your different colors of floss? Do you only split the strands when you're ready to use the floss or do you go ahead and split the entire package? How do you keep track of all of your needles? I'd love a bit of advice, if you already have a post written up about it. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Lilly! I'm really not very organized. At all. And if I were to try and write a post, I fear it would be depressing. Or comical? I'll think about that.

      But...my floss stays in skeins until I use it, or until I manage to tangle it really good. Recently I started placing the split strands onto some printable cards: http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2013/05/printable-floss-bobbin-thread-organizer.html If you visit that post, you'll also find a link to some bobbins I've made, which I use when I have large amounts of floss not in skeins.

      As for needles, I try to have only a couple going at a time, and they're usually stuck through fabric that I'm working with. To help combat lost needles (it happens all the time!), I try to leave thread in the eye so I can see them better. The rest stay in the package!

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  7. Hi Mollie, these are really lovely tutorials for stitching, my daughter is 11 and really wants to stitch but it's difficult as she's a leftie and I'm a rightie and it all gets a bit confused muddled and frustrating for both of us, we will work through the stitches using your guide, as it's visual I think it will help a lot.
    Thank you for taking the time out to share these instructions...it's hard showing someone something you just do (well I think it is any way)
    Emma x

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  8. Do you use any kind of stabilizer or interfacing when you embroider? Thank you for putting together this post about the basics. It is super helpful!

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    1. I don't usually use any stabilizer because the fabrics I choose usually have enough stability on their own. If you're working on something like a t-shirt, I would suggest adding a thin interfacing, or even a tear-away stabilizer.

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  9. Thanks so much for posting these basic lesson and for making them into pdfs. SO helpful!

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  10. Okay Mollie, I'm taking the plunge! I'm so excited to be starting embroidery...you make it look a lot easier than I thought it was...hopefully I'll find it as easy as you've made it seem anyway! LOL! I can't wait to get started and show you something I've made...you're so generous and helpful!

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  11. Hi Mollie! Thank you very much for your fantastic blog! I love it! I linked your blog to mine http://visualdistractions.blogspot.co.uk/. I am sharing my first embroidery project and followed your tutorials and I think they are a very helpful tool for anyone who wants to learn. Hope that is ok. Kind regards!

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