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Hurrah, I finally did the write-up of the sampler I did to test threads and some raised embroidery stitches. I didn’t really document which stitch I used where, but I think I only did one or two variations of the detached buttonhole, plus a couple of other stitches and outlines. Anyway, head on over to check it out!

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Klosterstitch – the reveal

I posted before about the lesson learned about Klosterstitch. For me it was that I have to draw the pattern to follow on the ground fabric in order to make it even. I couldn’t post a picture of this before, as the piece I was working on was a surprise and a gift, but since it has now been given I can show you what I mean.

The image here shows the shield half done, the first half I did without the diagonals, and it worked for a bit, but ended up crooked in the end.

I started with the vertical lines drawn in, to help me guide where to lay the threads across the surface. With the needle I came up from the bottom and laid the threads towards the top, then came up again next to the laid thread to couch it down at regular intervals – these intervals were what I needed more guidance with, so ended up drawing in the diagonals to create a grid.
Margaret's cloth - reverseIn this image you can clearly see that the right side of the shield is much more even than the left side, when I had not drawn in the diagonals. The reverse (below) also shows how I didn’t quite manage to keep things even without the gridlines on the fabric.

Lesson about cloister stitch…

In order for me to make cloister stitch neat looking I need gridlines.

I first drew up just the directional lines to keep my laid threads in the same direction throughout. Then I found that in order to not have to turn the piece over every couching stitch I have to add lines for those as well. So basically I drew directly on the background fabric and follow those lines. Speeds up the stitching considerably and helps keep things even very nicely.

The difference the right thread makes

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The other day when I was working on my bodice I only had sewing thread but I wanted to be able to try it on. So today I restocked on buttonhole floss and did the work over again. Looks so much better and the experience is so much nicer.

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