Tips for Stem Stitching with DMC or Cosmo Embroidery Floss

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At Hamels, we LOVE patterns and kits featuring Crabapple Hill Designs. Meg Hawkey is a fave! We also have many other quilt patterns that consist of embroidery like Bunny Hill Designs. We are oftenValdani asked in the store if our samples are machine embroidered to which we explain that the samples are made using a pigma micron pen and then embroidered using either Cosmo or DMC embroidery floss. Some projects and crafters prefer Valdani embroidery floss that comes on a ball. Note: Embroidery is done only after the pattern is traced out with a pigma pen and the colouring is added.brown pigma pen

Embroidery Needle – Recently, whilst making our latest sample “Glitter Houses”, by Bunny Hill Designs, Our Kris pulled out some shorter length needles. She has found that John James big eye needles, size 11 worked great.

John James Gold’N Glide Big Eye Between / Quilting Needles Size 11 10ct

Kris embroidered the blocks on this quilt using a stem stitch and has discovered that the tinier the stitch the better. It’s easy to do a tiny stitch if you select a shorter needle. Refer to Mary Corbet’s “Needle n’ Thread” website for information on stem stitching.

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How many strands of floss? – Another tip is to check the number of strands of embroidery floss you actually need. Kris’ pattern for “Glitter Houses” called for four strands of DMC embroidery floss andimages when she used four strands, it seemed very heavy for the design. It was also impossible to pull through the fabric as this made for  eight strands bunched up at the needle trying to come through. Not the look we were going for! This would work on open weave fabric or cross stitch fabric but wasn’t going to work on the tightly woven quilting fabric. So… Kris found that if she reduced the strands to two instead of an overwhelming four strands, then voila, it worked perfectly! Her stitches using two strands resulted in very tiny and dainty stitching to suit the design. As you can see below, Kris achieved excellent results on our store sample which is currently out being quilted.

Please let us know if you would like to order “Glitter Houses” as a kit. It is available right now on our website and can be found by clicking here.

Glitter Houses

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