Laying in your Needle
Laying in the Needle
When the instructions call for 'laying in your needle' it simply means that you slip the needle in and out of the fabric without pulling it through (Figure 1). We do this all the time when we want to secure our needle in the fabric when we are not using it. However, it is not as simple as securing our needle. So follow the instructions carefully.
The technique in this tutorial creates the opportunity to load your needle with thread wraps or knots as needed in many Dimensional Embroidery stitches, most often, but not limited to, the Bullion and the Cast-on.
It is natural for us to pull the needle completely through the fabric everytime! So don't despair - after a while this new habit becomes natural.
To lay in your needle:
In order to load your needle with the Wraps or Cast-ons required by most of your pattern instrutions raise the needle up with your finger as shown in Figure 3.