Hints and tips from Di van Niekerk
The general rule for this kind of embroidery:
Use one strand of the thread where possible — it always looks better when one strand is used in a design. Rather use more stitches instead of thick, bulky threads to fill in the detail.
Separate one strand from the six and thread onto a size 8, 9 or 10 crewel/embroidery needle. The size of the needle will depend on the thickness of the thread.
When tracing shapes
To prevent marks in your book: Use a black pen with a fine point to trace the shapes from the book onto tracing paper or a thin sheet of white paper. Then trace your shapes from the paper. Tracing shapes directly from your book onto water-soluble fabric or organza ribbon could leave unsightly pen marks
Prevent dark threads from showing
As you stitch, take care not to cross over any light areas at the back of your work (like the little boy’s face and hands) as the threads could show through along pale sections on the design.
When making organza shapes like leaves and wings
When cutting out organza shapes, place a sheet of white paper on your desk in front of you. The outlines on the organza will be more visible.
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