As promised I've revised Part 2 of the Elegant pattern instructions. Tracing your design and Background are all on one page now. Doesn't this make good sense?
Part 2, Elegant Pattern
I spent time this morning coloring a page from Cynthia Emerlye's A Tangle of Flowers. I filled in the negative spaces between the flowers with black ink. This not only looks stunning it also is very relaxing as there is no need to worry over color choices.
What I noticed for the first time is that if I relax my hand I don't go over the lines as often and the ink covers the area more completely. This made me think about tight stitches. Many beginners (myself included) tend to sew their stitches too tight and and to wind their wraps around the needle so taut that it is impossible to pull the needle through. It takes time and practice to find the right tension. A strangle hold on the threads, especially when we make Bullions or Cast-ons seems to be a practical solution to keep everything in place. That is, until you learn to let go and learn that allowing the stitches to fall into place helps make all the stitches uniform.
If you have a tight grip hooping your fabric is essential to keep your fabric from puckering. Another helpful tool is a simple piece of flat rubber to use to pull the needle through a tight wrap around a needle or a tight spot in your fabric. There are rubber 'needle pullers' at most fabric stores. Or if you would rather be more frugal a wide rubber band works. The best is the rubber tie used for a blood draw. However, in some hospitals they won't let you walk out of the hospital with the rubber tie for fear that you will use it to shoot up an illegal drug. In this case, ask the medical technician to cut off a one inch piece. This is all you need. So simple and no expense except, of course, for the charge of your medical procedure. ; )
What am I going to do with all this Extra Time? I'm going to go back and revise the past instructions. If you didn't understand something take another look. You may also check the Welcome page for the newest additions and changes I've made. I'll also let you know here so you won't miss a thing.
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage