Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two or Four?


Kids are always getting in the way of my sewing!


Actually I am quite proud of Seth and will have to blog about it soon.
He has a couple of awards that I need to claim bragging rights on.
But, for now, he needs to get out of my way because I have a question for you.



In the photo, I have used four strands of floss on the left,
and two on the right.
Which do you like better? Click to enlarge so that you can tell better.

When I start a new hobby, I bury myself in it.
I find everything I can about it. The internet and blogs are so wonderful for this!
When I started hand embroidery a few months ago,
I really did some reading. And learning.
I have done LOTS of embroidery over the last several months.

Next week I am going to show a few tricks that I have learned.
(Such as the easiest way to iron wrinkles so that you don't smash your stitches or if you use beads and they get in the way. I will also show how to print right on fabric --as that is how I do my design transfer--, and how I make it so that my blocks just don't wrinkle and distort so that I can pre-sew the blocks together without worry.) 


13 comments:

QuiltSue said...

I think I prefer the 2-strand version, but I definitely like the new look!

Sarah Craig said...

I think the 2-strand version, too - plus it's so much easier to work with 2 than with 4!

Patty@Granma's said...

Four thread really stands out. I like it.

Colleen said...

I think they both look great! I would use 4 if I wanted something to stand out and 2 for normal. Kind of like bold opt with text.

Marcia said...

I am going to say both are very nice, as I don't hand embroider. I have tried it - did two projects, turned one into a quilt for my butcher block with the one embroidered block in the center. I like Colleen's idea of some normal and an option to use 4 strand for bold! Beautiful embroidery! Thanks for sharing ... looking forward to the tips.

Mariliz said...

I like the 2 strand better. Gosh darn it your blog is so cute, now you have me wanting to redo mine.

B-Z-Quilting said...

Your work is beautiful! I will be watching closely next week because I have had an idea in my head for a small quilted wall hanging that involves embroidery in the middle. I have done a lot of backstitching when I used to cross-stitch, but never any true embroidery. Can't wait to see what you have to share!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It's a personal preference as well as how bold a color you want. Great idea of putting your findings and experience into your blog. There is more needlework being combined with quilting, so a Nice resource like that would be helpful. Like the new look,, too.

Handmade Crafts Done While RVing said...

the boots stick out like a sore thumb and I like sore thumbs. I love personal needlework done on quilts it brings back true ownership to the art world. You did good girl - that is you did GREAT!!

NorthernStar said...

I like the 2 strand version because it's much crisper. Happy new colour scheme!

BubzRugz said...

I like both your blocks... I don't think it really matters as long as you are getting the look that YOU want in the project.... your needlework is great....
Hugz

Christine M said...

Both blocks look good but I prefer the 2 strands. Four would be good if you really wanted something to really stand out.

Melissa said...

I believe I like four for these "line drawing" designs, though probably just two for more intricate stitchery.