Thursday, January 10, 2008

A few questions

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my pinkeep - it feels good to get such a nice reaction. I so enjoyed making it, and it's the start of many more to come. Now all I have to do is the stitching for others. I do have a few other small pieces like Blessed Be and Small House Sampler so you'll be seeing those soon.

Meanwhile I have a couple of questions I'd love some advice on. How do people hide the ends of the cording so they don't show on the back? I put the ends up at the top and the bow hides them on the front, but you can see them on the back. Is there a better way of doing it? Where do you usually start your cording or ribbon?

My other question is about fabric. I'm about to get going on Moon and Stars. My fabric is folded in quarters so there are creases across and up and down it. Is it better to iron out the creases before I start, or will using Q snaps be enough to keep the stitches flat over those areas? I've only done small projects so far so the fabric for those hasn't been folded. Many thanks for any help. I am going to Florida this weekend - we are visiting my mother-in-law - and I'm looking forward to stitching in the warm sunshine!


Jennifer aka Sweet Pea said...

I work on scroll frames, but I usually iron out the fabric first before I start stitching on it. Most of the time, I'm cutting the fabric to the size I need anyway, so I might as well iron it out.

Mindi said...

A lot of stitchers wil probably cringe when they read my response. I'm usually in such a hurry to start a new project, I don't iron our light wrinkles first. Most of the time, the tension from scroll rods or Q-snaps will work those out. If there's a horrible crease, then I will iron first.

Linen Stitcher said...

I always iron the fabric before I start. Some of those creases can be nearly impossible to get out, even with ironing. Besides, then you'll only need to do a light ironing after the fact, which means you won't be flattening out your finished stitching as much.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

I think the ironing depends upon the depth and amount of wrinkles, Michele. If you're stitching in-hand or with Q-snaps the wrinkles do often soften and can be pressed out at the finish. I use a spray of clear water on my linen when I press it before I stitch...if I press it...:)

And, I think the ends of cording are best splayed, trimmed and glued together first, then hidden inside the fold for the first end. The second, or final end would just lay over or overlap that first one. If I'm wrong about this I hope somebody will correct me!