10 Curious Facts about Embroidery
Di Flaminia Alagna
Where to start, which fabric is better to use. Clear your doubts about these and other embroidery questions.
EMBROIDERY FOR BEGINNERS: WHERE TO START? WHAT ARE THE SIMPLEST STITCHES?
Certainly counted stitches (cross stitch, royal stitch, Kogin) but also the simplest stitches of classic embroidery (grass stitch, chain stitch, fly stitch).
DO YOU PREFER TO EMBROIDER ON AIDA FABRIC OR DO YOU USE OTHER FABRICS TO EMBROIDER?
Generally, I use linen a lot, but also Aida canvas, it depends on the type of technique you want to perform. Regular-weave linen is good for counted stitches, while non-regular-weave linen is more useful for classic embroidery. On Aida canvas, there are techniques that come very well.
HOW DID YOU FIND KOGIN?
I discovered it because I saw the work of a friend of mine and I immediately fell in love with it, so I went through the various sources and went to my Japanese teacher.
WHICH STITCHES DO YOU PREFER AND WHY?
I prefer all the threaded stitches counted, without a specific reason. I think each of us has the "tendency" towards one technique rather than another. I like to combine and obtain shades of color with this technique.
WHICH TOOLS AND WHICH YARNS DO YOU USE FOR EMBROIDERY?
The tools are needles, looms, yarns and fabrics. All these tools that I have listed change according to the embroidery technique to be performed.
For example, in counted thread techniques, including Kogin, hardanger, antique stitch, real stitch, needles without a tip are used (in Kogin a specific Japanese needle), while in classic embroidery stitches including stitch grass, shadow stitch, Palestrina stitch, chain stitch, fly stitch, shadow stitch, steam stitch, pinto knots, needles are used with the tip.
Regarding fabrics, the regular weave fabrics are specific for thread counting techniques, although they can be used for classic embroidery. Regular weft means that in warp and weft they have the same number of threads. While the irregularly woven fabrics can be used for classic embroidery, therefore threads must not be materially counted, but cannot be used for counted thread techniques.
As for the looms, they must stretch the fabric well. So, if you have to make a small size embroidery it is good to use a small frame even without a foot and also the interlocking ones. If instead, the embroidery has to extend over a larger surface, a larger hoop can be used. I prefer the use of frames without screws, because while embroidery the thread gets stuck on the screw and it bothers. The ones I prefer are the interlocking ones or those that are mounted with a spring underneath. For the Sicilian catwalk, instead, it is necessary to use a wooden frame with the foot.
WHICH EMBROIDERY IS EASIER TO LEARN AS SELF-TEACHED?
I would say nobody because hardly a self-taught person will have the settings and the little tricks that a teacher will be able to show thanks to his experience. At the beginning, I always recommend taking at least two lessons with a teacher, and then continuing independently, if you wish.
IN EMBROIDERY, HOW TO STOP THE THREAD AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF A WORK? IS THERE A GENERAL RULE VALID FOR ALL TYPES OF EMBROIDERY?
There is no general rule, each technique has its own way of starting and ending a job with the thread: some do it on the reverse and others on the obverse.
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR A NEWBORN?
Certainly, the layette (sheets, bibs, covers) and the birth bow
HOW TO CALCULATE THE QUANTITY OF THREAD THAT I WILL NEED TO REALIZE AN EMBROIDERY?
In general, the spire must be as much as a forearm. With one end hold the thread, when the thread reaches the elbow you can cut. Longer spiers risk damaging the thread due to too many passages between the fabric.
IF YOU FINISH THE WIRE BEFORE FINISHING, HOW DO YOU INSERT THE NEW WIRE AND HOW DO YOU HIDE IT?
In the same way, you have to start and finish a job and also for this, each technique has its own system.
For example, in the cross-stitch, you can stop the thread on the wrong side of the work but also on the right side, under the stitches made. In the classic embroidery and also in the counted threads, instead, it stops on the reverse of the embroidery, in the "very opaque" embroidery you can make small dots on the fabric that will be covered by the embroidery that will be performed
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