Tips and Tricks

  1. Keep the embroidery hoop as tight as comfortable to avoid puckers.
  2. Make your knots with at least 2 loops. I use 3 to 4 on my clothing. Figure the bigger the knots, the more wear and washings it will survive.
  3. If using white cotton fabric, don’t start your knots at the edge of a line. Come up with your thread 1/8 inch from the starting line, then stitch back down, and come up at the edge of the line. At the end of the line bring your thread back and knot around an exsisting piece of thread. . . In other words, make it secure while trying to make those knots and tails invisible!
  4. While holding the hoop, have your middle finger below the area where your needle is working. It adds to “control tension” and keeps stitches uniform. This takes practice, but it’s well worth the effort!
  5. Splitting thread. I prefer splitting the 6 strands of DMC thread and using 3 strands. This gives a smooth and finished look.
  6. Hand wash your creations in cold water. Then line dry and iron upside down on soft white towel. Flip over and iron with care. DMC cotton floss is terrific—the colors won’t run.
  7. Finally, these designs are hand drawn, so you might see some imperfections. Well, these are not your grandmother’s samplers in design or color. The beauty of embroidery is that you can cover up imperfections while delighting in your personal freedom of expression! So go ahead and draw over that coffee stain on your blouse or that old spaghetti stain on your jeans! Embroider over it in a colorful design that will make you smile. . . that’s what it’s all about.