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Q & A April – Trish Burr Embroidery Weblog

Q & A April – Trish Burr Embroidery Weblog

Hey everybody!

Hope you might be nicely and looking out ahead to a brief break over Easter? This week I’m happy to let you recognize that the Particular thread assortment is again in inventory and as promised in a earlier Weblog put up, I’m going to handle two of the questions that had been despatched in by readers and I’ll tackle others week by week. So right here we go:


Bonnie Freund requested “I’ve a horrible time transferring patterns.  Do you’ve got solutions for a idiot proof means even I can use and get a pleasant clear picture?”


Sadly, there isn’t any idiot proof technique for reaching a pleasant clear picture when transferring by hand and there may be nothing worse then wobbly strains which may spoil the end result of your embroidery. That is why I present iron on transfers for my patterns – all it’s good to do is iron them on to your cloth and you’ve got an ideal picture! You will discover directions on how you can use them right here. You will discover iron on transfers for 90% of my PDF patterns and for my final 4 books right here and naturally my most up-to-date e-book contains iron on switch sheets as will all my future books, so you’ll by no means must switch an overview by hand once more.

If for some purpose you don’t have any selection however to switch the picture by hand, listed below are some directions that may assist.


Mary Conroy requested ” One of the taxing issues I discover is knowing about materials.

  • what kind of cloth to make use of
  • and what’s that pushed by the thread or the design
  • how you can establish materials from the huge array that’s accessible particularly provided that names and descriptions differ a lot.  What’s the key description to search for?”


Such an incredible query Mary and I do know you aren’t alone! The one approach to establish the appropriate cloth is simply too experiment with differing kinds, or buy it from my web site, I’ve finished all of the give you the results you want! There are 4 key parts to search for in the appropriate kind of cloth:

  1. It ought to have an in depth weave. Once I speak about an in depth weave, I imply it needs to be about 200 rely or greater (like if you store for mattress sheets – 140ct, 180ct, 200ct, 300ct and so on). The upper the rely the denser the weave, so should you maintain it as much as the sunshine it seems to be fairly stable and clean. If you are going to buy a 140ct mattress sheet it would really feel tough, it is because the threads are loosely woven – whereas a 300ct mattress sheet will really feel clean because the threads are tightly woven. With Needlepainting you want a stable background so that you’ve got loads of placement for inserting your needle with every sew – if the weave is simply too free you’ll find yourself going into the identical gap every time which received’t look good. Listed below are two examples of zoomed in cloth – I’ve used a shade to indicate clearly:

2. It ought to have little or no stretch in it. It’s good to pull the material at proper angles – if there may be any stretch in it, then the material will over stretch within the hoop and if you take away it from the ring it is going to be distorted. This causes puckers. So search for one thing that has no stretch in it.

3. It ought to be capable to help your embroidery. You don’t need it to be too thick and stiff in order that it’s a must to use pliers to drag your needle by way of!! However you additionally don’t need it to be too comfortable, floppy or flimsy – I like my cloth to have a agency hand and be of medium weight in order that it helps the load of my embroidery. When it’s mounted within the hoop and also you flick it together with your fingers it ought to make a sound (a bit like a drum).

4. It’s best to make use of pure fibers reminiscent of cotton, linen, or silk. I choose cotton or linen as it isn’t attainable to make use of on an iron on switch on silk. If utilizing silk it’s best to purchase the powerwoven form that has much less slubs in it.

Forms of cloth

Okay so I perceive there are a plethora of materials on the market that embody these key parts and the easiest way to seek out if it really works is to purchase a pattern and take a look at it out. Here’s a an inventory of materials that I do know work nicely with Needlepainting:

Premium linen (I’ve finished the give you the results you want)

Church linen (not as excessive rely as I would really like however it works)

Southern Belle 200 rely muslin

Kona premium 200 rely muslin

Kona quilting cotton (this has a slight stretch so is just not excellent however it works)

Light-weight cotton twill from Spoonflower

Silk dupion from The Silk route (powerwoven)

Hope that helps. Until subsequent time wherever you might be on the earth, have a beautiful Easter, maintain smiling and comfortable stitching!



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