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$T2eC16V,!)!E9s2fB+2)BQ(MrI6wZ!~~60_35One of the most important elements in producing perfect results is choosing the right supplies, like embroidery machine stabilizer backing for your project. This quality embroidery stabilizer backing is perfect for 4″ X 4″ hoops and comes in tearaway pre-cut sheets of 8″ x 8″, 100 sheets in a pack.

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Our tearaway sheets, unlike similar products, provide extra stabilization for the fabrics you choose and are able to withstand the repeated perforations of any project. Sewartsy stabilizer backing tears easily and cleanly in either direction with minimal effort and without distorting the embroidery.

Our stabilizer backing is perfect for projects such as jackets, woven materials with light to medium stitch counts as well as denims, linens, and broadcloth. It is heavy enough to keep embroidery from puckering on t-shirts when using it with no-show mesh.

If you’re trying to decide on quality embroidery supplies and you value your finished product, you’ll want to use the best stabilizer backing available to you. That’s where ‘Sew Artsy’ comes in! You won’t be disappointed.

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Welcome Home!

Throughout my whole life, whenever anyone walked into our home – be it stranger or friend, seldom seen or always around – my Dad always greeted every visitor the say way:

Welcome home!

Mom and Dad wanted our home to feel like their home. They wanted every visitor to be at home.

And to this very day, my dad still greets every visitor the same way: a warm handshake, a big smile, and a hearty Welcome Home!

Today, I want to welcome you home the same way – to my new online home, right here at Needle ‘n Thread!

The New Needle 'n Thread, Oct. 2016

If you subscribe to the daily newsletter here on Needle ‘n Thread, or if you visit Needle ‘n Thread via a blog reader or feed, then you might not even realize that much has changed on the website.

But if you pop by for a visit, you’ll see that the whole site has had a complete facelift. And not only is our new online needlework home squeaky clean and bright and spacious, but it’s also uber-functional. It will perform spectacularly for you on your tablets and mobile devices!

No more teeny tiny text, no more zooming in to read. And a constant infinity scroll, so you can browse previous articles with great ease!

Even though the look and the functionality are new, all the same great content is still here. After all, when you move house or remodel, do you throw away your furniture and all the good stuff that makes your house a home? Of course not! It’s all still here, unpacked and ready to play with!

Some Highlights

Just to highlight some of the major changes on the site:

1. When you are in mobile view, the top menu will disappear and will be replaced by a “hamburger” (that’s a little stack of lines). If you click on that stack, the menu will float out for you.

2. The needlework shops and businesses that advertise directly on Needle ‘n Thread (and who, in a big part, make the site possible) are located in the right column on desktop view and will show up between articles in mobile view. The big, beautiful ads you see there are for quality needlework businesses, all hand-embroidery related, and all small businesses offering great services to the needlework world. Each business is reviewed and approved by me as a good fit for my readers. I’ve dealt with them all personally, and I know they are solid. Please support them! Supporting them goes a long way to keeping the needle arts alive and prospering!

3. In the left column, you’ll find some structural organization for the site and various highlights, like tags (if you want to look up specific topics by a topic tag), archives (if you want to browse the site by year), recent comments, recent posts, featured e-books, and two sections that have always been on Needle ‘n Thread, but that I plan to expand and pay a little more attention to in the upcoming year: Types of Hand Embroidery and Pictures of Hand Embroidery. Those are a work in progress! You’ll also find information about me, contact information, the newsletter sign up form, and social network links where you can connect with me in other places online.

4. The Search function is in the top menu, so it’s easy to find!

5. The Ask & Share link is located under “Other” at the end of the left column. The forum is no longer functional, but it can still be viewed (it looks like the old site). It’s being phased out, and eventually, it will disappear.

Gratitude All Around!

As many of you know, from this article last year, there’s really only me on this side of the computer screen, when it comes to creating the daily content you see here on Needle ‘n Thread.

But when it comes to site design and functionality, I put these concerns into the very reliable hands of the folks at Imagemakers in Wamego, Kansas. They know how to take an idea, a vision, a “feel” for what I want and turn it into Website Reality. I sleep soundly at night, thanks to them! Thanks, Dan, for your vision and understanding, Clayton for your magic coding skills, and all of the image makers who helps make Needle ‘n Thread work!

Finally, thank YOU, my friends, who visit with me daily in my online home! Without you, what would be the point of Needle ‘n Thread?

To say a proper thanks and to celebrate the new look, I’ll have a free, fun project for you next week!

I hope you’ll take some time to explore the new site and that you’ll always feel at home on Needle ‘n Thread!

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Friday Instagram Finds No. 72 with Thimble Thistle

Starry Night pendant just added. Find it in my shop, link in bio, International shipping available! Thank you @dandelyne for making these fun little hoops! 🌌🌌🌌 . . . #embroidery  #craftposure  #etsy  #thimblethistle #contemporaryembroidery #embroideryinstaguild #hoopart #modernmaker #broderie #makersmovement #bordado #handmadeparade #stitchersofinstagram  #handmadeisbetter  #makeracademy  #dandelyne #blicksweeps #starrynight #vangoghA photo posted by Jessica Blazek (@thimblethistle) on Sep 17, 2016 at 10:12am PDT
How beautiful is this mini hoop?! Today we feature Jessica of Thimble Thistle on Friday Instagram Finds. Her feed is filled with the most lovely mini hoop necklaces (from @Dandelyne) that are miniature replicas of masterpieces, pets, animals, and other adorable motifs. You can buy her masterpieces in her shop.
Custom Pitbull pendant . . . . #embroidery  #craftposure  #etsy  #thimblethistle #needlework #bordado #contemporaryembroidery #hoopart #modernmaker #feelingstitchyig #makersmovement #handmadeparade #stitchersofinstagram  #handmadeisbetter  #favehandmade #makeracademy #happysojo #dandeleyne #pitbull #pitbullsofig #pibble #dogembroideryA photo posted by Jessica Blazek (@thimblethistle) on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:20pm PDT
Wolf Howling at Full Moon.  One more day of black and white tomorrow! Find all my creations in my shop through the link in my bio. The pendant hoops can be found @dandelyne . . . . . #embroidery  #craftposure  #thimblethistle #contemporaryembroidery #etsy #hoopart#embroideryinstaguild #modernmaker #broderie #makersmovement #bordado #dandelyne #stitchersofinstagram  #handmadeisbetter  #makeracademy #handmadeparade #blicksweeps #wolf #wolfmoon #moonA photo posted by Jessica Blazek (@thimblethistle) on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:10am PDT
I have a new pendant to share today! This is ‘Two dancers on Stage’ by Degas. You can find it in my shop through the link in my bio. . . . . . embroidery  #craftposure  #etsy  #thimblethistle #needlework #bordado #contemporaryembroidery #hoopart #modernmaker #broderie #feelingstitchyig #makersmovement #handmadeparade #stitchersofinstagram  #handmadeisbetter  #makeracademy #happysojo #dandelyne #blicksweeps #degas #dancers #balletA photo posted by Jessica Blazek (@thimblethistle) on Sep 10, 2016 at 7:54am PDT

Purple & Green – A Thistly, Leafy, Dotty Monogram

Purple and green. It’s a color combination I’ve always loved!

Strangely enough, I don’t wear it. I don’t decorate with it. But golly, I do like it.

And it was with purple and green in mind that I first fell for the “Leafy Blooms & Dots” alphabet that you’ll find in Favorite Monograms.

Today, I’ll show you a stitched sample from that alphabet. As always, there are parts of the letter that I really like, and parts that I’d do differently if I were stitching it again. But it was a fun little sample to stitch, and it worked up pretty quickly. And it provided a good purple and green fix – it’s been a while since I’ve stitched with this combination!

If you want to stitch it with the same approach, you can always change the color palette if you’re not a purple and green fan and make any other adjustments you want along the way, too!

A Monogram in Purple & Green

All the techniques in this particular monogram have already been discussed in previous letters, so I’ll give you a run-down on the embroidery techniques and stitches I used, with links to tutorials or articles where they are explained.

Embroidery Stitches & Techniques

For example, the green filling that predominates is all stem stitch filling, shaded by combining two different colors in the needle at once. This is exactly the method I explained when we looked at this E monogram a couple weeks ago.

All the little purple dots are worked in satin stitch, in the same manner as the little dots in the E monogram, too, explained in this article that shows the finished E.

The purple flowers were embroidered in long & short stitch. This particular tutorial will come in handy to work the flowers, and this is where you’ll find a video on long & short stitch.

A Monogram in Purple & Green

All the small leaves in the monogram are worked in fishbone stitch in two strands of floss.

The base of the main flower is embroidered first in greens in long and short stitch, and then crossed over with a lattice in purple, with couched intersections in a lighter purple. You can find a video for lattice work here.

I added the lattice over the green long and short stitch because I wanted to convey a vague idea of a thistly look. That’s what the design reminds me of, but in reality, the letters aren’t really adorned with thistles. Still, with a little manipulation, I think the idea comes across a bit!

The majority of the stitching in green is done with two strands of floss in the needle, except for the tiniest stems that show up here and there, and those are worked with one strand of green. You can see two of those above the main flower in the photo above, stitched with one strand of dark green.

All the satin stitching and all the long and short stitching are done with one strand of floss in the needle.

Embroidery Materials & Supplies

The materials and supplies I’m using on all the monograms are pretty much the same. I might switch up the linen ground fabric, depending on what small cuts of unused linen I have available and I might switch up the threads a bit.

Here’s what I used on this particular letter.

A Monogram in Purple & Green

I used a 4″ hoop (with the inner ring bound – here’s a tutorial for that).

For needles, I used crewel needles #7 and #9.

The linen is just a good white Italian linen I had on hand, but you can use any good, closely woven linen (or cotton, or silk, or wool – whatever ground fabric you want to use!).

To transfer, tracing over a bright window with a pencil works pretty well. If you have a light box, that’s even better. I use this particular light box and I love it!

You can also use an iron-on transfer pen like this one that I reviewed here. I like those for quickly transferring a design that will have all the lines completely covered by embroidery.

A Monogram in Purple & Green

These are the purples I used – 210, 208, 3837, and 550.

I always find that the selection of purples in any embroidery thread line a bit sparse. Compared to other colors, the purples are not quite as abundant! But these four shades worked well for this, I think.

A Monogram in Purple & Green

And these are the greens that I used: 704, 905, 986.

What I Like

I like the color palette and I would definitely stitch the whole alphabet in these colors!

I like the satin stitch dots. They look like … I don’t know. Little pieces of shiny purple candy!

I like the long and short stitch flowers. And I like the lattice work over the green long and short stitch at the base of the main flower.

I even like most of the stem stitch shading. It’s a technique I use frequently and find it enjoyable to stitch. In this letter, I like it on the skinny left side of the main body of the A.

What I would Do Differently

If I were to embroider this letter again, I’d do the lower right “foot” of the A differently. I didn’t pay any real attention to the layout of the shading. I wasn’t trying to create a “natural” look to it, but if I were to do it again with the stem stitch technique, I’d pay more attention to the way I worked out the shading to give it a little more dimension.

This is a letter I wouldn’t mind working entirely in long and short stitch. But that’s for another day!

More Monogram Techniques & Tips

You can find a whole list of articles with techniques and tips on embroidered monograms here, if you’re looking for other stitching ideas.

The letters that I’m covering in this recent series of samples come from Favorite Monograms, an ebook that’s available in my shop.

If you’re looking for decorative letters that feature step-by-step photo instructions, you might enjoy Stitch Sampler Alphabet – a full alphabet with step-by-step instructions for over 65 stitches and stitch combinations that can be mixed and matched to create your own unique embroidered letters.

Coming Up!

By the end of this week, if all goes as planned, Needle ‘n Thread will be sporting a whole new look. You’ll still be able to find things in approximately the same places – the content structure will be pretty much the same, but the site will be mobile friendly (it will show up a little differently on your phones or tablets), and the look of the site will be slightly different. But all the same content will be here, I promise!

To celebrate the new look, I’ll have a free pattern and project for you, from the kaleidoscopes I showed you earlier this summer.

And in the meantime, this week, I’m working on an article for Stitch Magazine, photographing and testing some extra special thread that I’ll be writing about for you, and setting up a couple more little projects.

Next week, I launch into a workroom overhaul. I plan to take photos as I go, but … gosh. The “before” photos might just be too embarrassing.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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8 Embroidery Tips for Beginners

Tomorrow, I’m doing something different.

And it’s been a loooooooong time since I’ve done it.

And tomorrow, I have to do it.

Tomorrow, I’m teaching someone to embroider.

Now, you might think I’m a little off my nut. You might think that I teach people to embroider all the time. But in fact, I don’t. I used to, when I had space. But I don’t have space, and my dream of a dedicated studio where I can teach locally is yet a distance away.

But I have a friend who wants to learn to embroider. She is desperate for a hobby – something to provide her with a creative outlet at the end of a long day’s work.

I said, “You need to learn to embroider.”

She said, “Can you teach me?”

And I said, “Sure!”

8 Embroidery Tips for Beginners

In putting together notes on what to cover, I came up with a list of a list of 8 worthwhile topics to discuss with a beginner.

I thought I would share those with you today and provide you with links to further information on the topics, just in case you’re just starting out with hand embroidery, or you know someone who is and you want to lend a hand.


I’m always one for launching straight into a project, and, with a beginner, I like that project to be something usable. So we’re starting tomorrow with a nice simple design on a hand towel. Nothing elaborate, nothing difficult. Just something to learn several stitches on and to get comfortable with stitching in general.

One of the preliminaries for any beginner is what design to use, but this question of design is so particular, so very personal, that I can’t tell you, “Start with this.” The “this” that I choose might turn you off embroidery entirely.

Before you start to embroider, you have to have an idea of what you want to embroider. Once you’ve answered that, you can move on to other topics that you should know a little bit about.

1. How to Transfer a Design

If you’re not embroidering a kit that’s already set up for you, you’ll definitely need to know how to transfer an embroidery design.

This article covers all kinds of ways to transfer an embroidery design. Take a look at the comments, too! There are plenty of ideas in there from the Needle ‘n Thread community.

2. How to Prepare Floss

With a beginner, I always start with DMC stranded cotton. It’s just a good place to start!

First, you should know what a pull skein is and how to conquer it.

Second, you should know how to strip or separate your floss.

3. Hoops and Frames

I always start beginners with their work in a good hoop. While some teachers really promote plastic hoops with the “lip” on the inside ring (for example, Susan Bates hoops), I don’t normally go that route.

If you want a good, taut fabric surface, with tension maintained through the stitching session, use a good quality wooden hoop with solid brass hardware and with the inner ring bound.

For further reading, here are some articles on hoops and frames:

Hoop or Frame?

The Embroidery Hoop

Binding the Inner Ring of an Embroidery Hoop

How to Set Up an Embroidery Hoop

4. All About Needles

You can’t really embroider without a needle. It is The Essential Tool of the Embroiderer.

This article discusses the needles you need for hand embroidery and what their different functions are.

This article is my case for using chenille needles in lots of embroidery circumstances.

This article provides all kinds of links to other articles about embroidery needles!

5. All About Embroidery Scissors

While not quite as essential as the needle, a good pair of scissors is the embroiderer’s best friend.

I’ve discussed and reviewed lots of embroidery scissors here on Needle ‘n Thread.

Sharp & Small: Scissors for Hand Embroidery is the article that sums up what I like in a good pair of embroidery scissors.

If you’d like to peruse embroidery scissor reviews, you’ll find them here under the tag “needlework tools” – along with reviews of all kinds of embroidery equipment and tools.

6. All About Fabric

Linen is my go-to fabric for most of my embroidery, although I do dabble with other natural fibers as well, such as wool, cotton, and silk.

I don’t mind natural fiber blends, either. But I don’t play around too much with synthetics.

This article, 5 Things You Need to Know About Embroidery Fabric, will provide further reading on the subject.

7. The Embroidery Environment

Everyone’s stitching environment is different. Some might have a whole dedicated room for stitching. Others might have a favorite chair and not much more space than that.

But one thing that every stitching environment needs to ensure success with embroidery is decent lighting. Good lighting not only improves your stitching, but it preserves your eyes. And you can’t really stitch without eyes!

You’ll find lots of articles that include reviews of needlework lights, magnifiers, tools, and other equipment under the tag “Needlework Tools” here on Needle ‘n Thread. Feel free to explore them for ideas and options on lighting!

8. Ten Essential Embroidery Stitches

Finally, there’s the whole question of stitches. What stitches do you really need to learn, to get started with hand embroidery?

Well, there’s no hard and fast rule on that question, but I think these top ten hand embroidery stitches provide an excellent foundation for a successful life as an embroidery addict, even if you never learn any other stitches!

The End

And that, my friends, is enough to provide a good foundation for the beginner. The information above serves as a good springboard, too, for further explorations. But this is certainly enough – and maybe even a little overkill – for getting a person started in embroidery.

But if you have anything you think should be added to the list (or, in fact, anything that should be subtracted from it…) feel free to leave a comment below!

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s lesson! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Friday Instagram Finds No. 71 with Sweet Addie Beth

Hello stitchy friends! I hope you’ve had a great week 🙂 Today we’re featuring @sweetaddiebeth. Laura makes state hoops embellished with pretty florals and personalized hoops. I especially like her “I promise to put a smile on your face every day” hoop. The colors are so pretty, and her stitching is beautiful. You can find out more about Laura and her shop Sweet Addie Beth on her Instagram feed and Etsy shop.

Just a closer look at the flowers on my Oregon State Love hoop! 🌻🌸🌷A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on Aug 14, 2016 at 7:19pm PDT

It’s wedding day! I have my gift all ready to go, and now I gotta warm up my Nikon because I’m the wedding photographer too! 😊A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on Aug 13, 2016 at 9:40am PDT

Have a two year anniversary coming up? The traditional gift is cotton, and these stitched wedding vows are so sweet!A photo posted by Quality Handmade Embroidery (@sweetaddiebeth) on Aug 1, 2016 at 3:24pm PDT

Want to be featured on Friday Instagram Finds? Tag your best stitch-related photos with #feelingstitchyig!

Embroidered Monograms Tips & Techniques – Index

Sometimes, it’s easy to lose track of articles on blogs, so I like to create indexes that gather all the articles on one embroidery project or one series of embroidery projects into one place.

I keep all these project indexes under Tips & Techniques here on Needle ‘n Thread (in the main menu at the top of the website).

Today, I’m going to gather together all the articles on Needle ‘n Thread that include tips & techniques for embroidered monograms. Feel free to bookmark the list, to share it with your friends, and to visit it when you’re looking for ideas for embroidered monograms!

Embroidered Monograms: Tips & Techniques Index

To help you find a style of embroidered monogram you like, I’ll show you the picture of the finished monogram, followed by the articles relating to it.

Whitework Embroidered Monogram on Linen Guest Towel

This is a group of articles that takes you step-by-step through embroidering a whitework monogram mostly in satin stitch.

Whitework Embroidered Monogram on Linen Guest Towel

Part I – Setting up, transferring design, discussion of supplies, and beginning stitching.
Part II – Continuing the stitching, discussion on working padded satin stitch, stitches used, and some trouble-shooting.
Part III – Taking curves with satin stitch – how to work around tight curves on a letter and stitch direction.
Part IV – Washing and ironing the finished guest towel.

Padded Satin Stitch Monogram in Red

This is a padded satin stitch monogram worked in red floche on a linen glass towel.

Padded Satin Stitch Monogram in Red

Article I – on satin stitching and monograms
Article II – the finished monogram

Shadow Work Monograms

Shadow work embroidery involves stitching on a relatively sheer fabric. Here, it is used to embroider a couple monograms.

Shadow Work Embroidery - monogram M

Shadow Work M – tips on shadow work, threads, fabrics, etc.
Linen for Shadow Work – linen cambric vs. shadow work linen

Tulip Monogram R with Floche

Split stitch and satin stitch make up this tulip monogram.

Tulip Monogram in Floche

Article 1 – Beginning the R monogram, fabric, threads, stitches, etc.
Article 2 – The Finished Monogram

Confetti Monogram – Multicolored Voided Monogram

Multi-colored seed stitch covers the background around this simple monogram.

Confetti Monogram with seed stitch

Confetti Monogram – stem stitch outline, seed stitch in multiple colors, information on threads, fabrics, stitches, spacing, etc.

Voided Floral Monogram

This monogram features a heavily embroidered floral themed background, using lots of different stitches, colors, and textures.

Voided Floral Monogram with heavily stitched background

Article 1 – Setting up the project, fabrics, threads, initial stitches
Article 2 – Filling in the background with more stitches – a list of stitches used and links to stitch tutorials
Article 3 – Finishing the background and filling to the edges; also, a look at the back of the hoop

Simple Voided E Monogram

This features a simple E, embroidered with whipped chain stitch and a seed stitched background in one color.

Voided E Monogram in Blue & Yellow

A Simple Voided Monogram in a Simple Color Scheme

Outlined Monogram C with Filled Embellishments

This monogram features simple stitches to pull off a classic monogram.

Monogram C in simple stitches

Embroidering a Pretty Monogram with Simple Stitches – includes thread, fabric and stitch information, plus troubleshooting.

Filled E Monogram, Shaded Elements

This is an elegant floral monogram filled with shaded stem stitch and long & short stitch.

Filled Monogram with Stem Stitch and Long & Short Stitch

Article 1 – Beginning of project: fabric, thread, stitches & techniques
Article 2 – The Finished Monogram

Monogram Designs and Other Useful Information

Manipulating Monograms to Create Groups of Letters – Ever wonder how to put initials together to make a complete monogram in the proper sense of the word? Here’s an article on combining letters into one larger monogram.

Initials, Cyphers, Monograms: The correct terminology when talking about decorative lettering. That’s right – the things I (and just about everyone else) call monograms are really just “initials.”

Free Monogram Patterns – you can find free patterns for different monogram alphabets available in this index here on Needle ‘n Thread

Favorite Monograms – a collection of 16 monogram alphabets all in one place, perfect for printing, enlarging, reducing, and using in embroidery and other craft applications.

More To Come!

Whenever we explore other monogram topics, tips and techniques, I’ll list those articles on this index page, which will eventually be nestled under Tips & Techniques in the main menu on Needle ‘n Thread. (It won’t be added there until the new website format launches.)

I hope you enjoy these articles and that they help you along on your embroidery journey!

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Stitchy Snippets – ‘Rag Face’

Yoon Ji Seon’s ‘Rag Faces’ stare at you in vividly appealing colours that draw your eye in. Her series ‘Rag Face’ is an accumulation of three years of her work and has been on show at New York’s Yossi Milo Gallery last year and the Gallery at BRIC House earlier this year.

The artist stitches into her photographed self portraits. Taking self portraits wearing a variety of different expressions, Yoon Ji Seon incorporates a lot of humour into her pieces:
“I didn’t just want beauty. I’m not against beauty, but I didn’t want to put a general beauty inmy work. I wanted to put some humour. One of my nephews, when he saw the work, said, “Aunt, you have noodles coming out from your nose.” It was fun, and I wanted to put some humour in it.”

Stitching by hand and with her sewing machine, layer after layer rich textures are constructed. The layers of thread are combined and unite to create new tones and shades. The direction of stitches are changed to create shadows, depth and dimension in her pieces.

Yoon Ji Seon openly and humorously explains how she began working with the sewing machine and how she developed her style. “I never learned how to sew with a sewing machine. I tried to make stitches, and I made lot of mistakes. I mostly learned from the mistakes. It’s not normal sewing, like for clothes. It’s very different from that kind of sewing. The sewing machine broke many times. The man who fixes the machine insisted that I stop. I was torturing the sewing machine. It’s not a common way to use it. At the beginning, I’d stitch by hand, but those were small pieces. Now that my work is getting bigger and thicker, I mostly use the machine.”

Yoon Ji Seon talks about her working process where she often works throughout the night. Her studio environment was very compact and she didn’t have enough space to lay out her larger pieces of artwork whilst sewing at the machine and would frequently have to roll up her work and continue to stitch from memory. “I had to roll it while I was working. My room is very small, so I couldn’t unroll it to see the work. I had to remember everything I did. That’s why I couldn’t stop working and that’s why I didn’t sleep.”

In Korean culture it is regarded a taboo to ornament or cover your body, for example with paint. Yoon Ji Seon’s work has previously shocked local audiences as they struggle to can’t understand her work and are fearful of it. Yoon Ji Seon states that “We think that hurting our body or destroying our body is not beautiful and very disrespectful to our parents…. It’s a taboo. I once planned a solo exhibition but it was cancelled because people were scared of what I did.”

Inspired by traditional Korean masks, her needlework spreads and covers the original photographs often leaving only the eyes visible, thus forming a mask over the photographs. The artist explains. “Masks are very attractive because masks have various kinds of facial expressions and they usually exist as substitute personalities that express real-live people’s desires. I never tried to imitate these masks, but they often inspire me.”

I feel warmed by Yoon Ji Seon’s striking ‘Rag Faces’ which are full of character and intrigue. I hope you enjoy them too!

3 Good Reasons to try DMC Floche

Some of my recent embroidery adventures have involved cotton floche – like this monogram and this monogram – and without a doubt, I’ll be dabbling with the thread again very soon.

I love floche. And it re-infatuates me every time I stitch with it.

Those of you who have been hanging around with me on Needle ‘n Thread for a while already know I love this embroidery thread! But for folks who are just joining us, if you don’t know what floche is, I’ll introduce you to it here.

Whether new or old in your explorations of embroidery, you’ll appreciate floche. It’s an amazing cotton thread – it definitely tops my list of favorite cottons.

Cotton Floche Embroidery Thread: Three Good Reasons to Try It

In case you’ve never stitched with floche and you’re not yet convinced it’s worth trying, here are three good reasons you just might fall in love with this lovely hand embroidery thread.

1. Floche is an Easy Thread

It’s easy to stitch with floche. If you use a #7 or 8 crewel needle with it, you’ll notice that it glides beautifully through your ground fabric.

Floche is non-stranded embroidery thread, which means you use it right off the skein without separating it. Normally, you just stitch with the one strand, which makes setting up a new needle and thread very quick and easy.

Because it’s slightly heavier than one strand of regular floss (it equals about 1.5 / 2 strands of regular floss) – but it’s more softly twisted, so it has that nice “spread” – it’s easy to stitch quickly with it and get good coverage.

It handles practically all stitches well, but I like it best with classic stitches like satin stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, chain stitch, daisy stitch, French knots, and long and short stitch.

If you’re adventurous, you can very carefully separate floche and stitch with it, but doing so does weak the integrity of the thread, which makes it a little tricky. I wrote an article about separating floche, if you want to read more about it.

Cotton Floche Embroidery Thread: Three Good Reasons to Try It

2. Floche is an Affordable Thread

Cotton floche comes in a Huge skein. If you purchase the regular skein of floche, you’re getting around 150 yards of thread, at about 4.5 cents a yard, which is quite reasonable for a specialty thread.

But you might wonder what in tarnation you’d do with 150 yards of thread! And this is why I’m ever-so-glad that Hedgehog Handworks sells the thread into 30-yard twists. The 30-yard twist gives you plenty of thread to work with, and it averages out to about 5.5 cents a yard.

Cotton Floche Embroidery Thread: Three Good Reasons to Try It

3. Floche is a Beautiful Thread

Because it is mercerized (a chemical process that adds a sheen to cotton thread) and because it is softly twisted, floche stitches up beautifully.

It shines softly, and it offers a nice coverage for a relatively fine thread. It has what I call “spread” – the softness of the thread allows it to spread and fill and stitched area well.

The “spread” of floche makes it exceptionally beautiful when working satin stitch. You can read more about satin stitch with floche here.

Read More About It & See Floche in Action

I like floche so much that it has its own category here on Needle ‘n Thread. If you’d like to explore more articles about floche and see the thread in action, you can find a whole list of articles and projects involving floche here.

Try It!

If you want to give floche a try, I highly recommend the smaller 30-yard twists of floche from Hedgehog Handworks. They give you plenty of thread for a project, without breaking the bank.

If you’re keen to see the colors that are available in floche (the numbers match the regular DMC floss numbers), you can view this color card for floche online and download the PDF. Even better, if you want a real thread color card (one that is made from samples of the thread), you’ll find one available through the Lacis online catalog. Just type “floche” in the search box.

And, as always, if you have any questions about the thread, you’re welcome to ask! Just leave your question in the comment section below!

I hope you have a chance to give this beautiful thread a try!

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