Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Romancing 'Rouenneries'

Have you seen it yet ??? The beautiful range of fabric called 'Rouenneires' by Moda! My friends from The Gum Tree Designers and I have........and.......we've not only been stroking and coooing over this wonderful bundle of fabrics; we've all been working on a special project with them as well.

Now you know how we love to tease you....well......I'm sorry but we are going to do it again !!! Here is a sneak peak of my work for the project;

got you wondering ?? That's ! All will be revealed very soon so keep visiting our blogs because you won't want to miss out on this exciting project.

Now....while I was stitching away on my part of the project, I got to thinking that you might like to know a couple of my stitching secrets.....well, not secrets really, but I don't think to tell this time I have thought to share it with you.

A lot of people tell me that their embroidery threads knot and tangle all the time when they are stitching. Well......the problem is not with the thread is with the way we wrap them around our little bobbins to keep them nice and tidy. If you roll out thread from your bobbin, you will see kinks at every turn the thread made around the bobbin. The kinks are the problem!!!!

Your embroidery thread MUST BE smoothed out in one nice length before you commence splitting threads for answer is to IRON IT......yes; roll out the threads you are going to use on your ironing board and gently iron the kinks out....try it, I think you will be surprised at the difference it makes.

The other thing I would like to share with you; is how I start and stop my stitching, at the back of my work. This is when I am stitching with two threads on light fabric and I want to ensure that only the design line threads are visible.

Now; this is difficult for me as I am a knot it, knot it, knot it; I do discipline myself to work like this when the stitching is for a special projects. It does use more thread and is slower...........and there are other methods that may work better in those areas; but I still like to know that my work is "blindly knotted" at the back....never to come undone.

This is how the back of my work looks;

The first step is to pull one thread from a length of thread that is twice the size of your arm up to the elbow (approx); I have just said....the thread must be very kinks!

Step two is to thread the embroidery needle (I use Size 9) with the two ends of the thread together, thus creating a loop at the bottom;

Then; commence a stitch as normal...I am using a backstitch in the examples; so am bringing the needle up from the underneath side of the work but I do not pull the loop through to the front instead I catch it with my finger underneath and hold it;

then; I insert the needle from the front and come through to the underneath side. It will look like this;

now to complete the stitch; I put the needle through the loop and pull firmly to lock the threads together.

I always rock the stitch backwards then forwards to sit the stitch down nicely. Then continue stitching as normal;

At the end of your stitching line; I slip the needle through the previous stitch and create a loop;

then; I pass the needle through the loop and once again, rock back and forward to settle the knot into the stitching line;

finally......I run the needle and thread through the previous stitches; then cut the end off.

to continue stitching.....I separate the cut off thread then use one length at a time as before; to stitch smaller sections of the design.

Have I wet your appetite for stitching in red? Hope so; because we've got something beautiful for you to work on and it will be available very soon!


  1. Thank you for sharing your no knot stitching.I will difinately do that next.Looks much nicer than a knot.
    Can't wait for the red work project.

  2. I can't wait because I have a huge stack of Rouenneries that I have seen savouring and don't know what to do with....I will continue to wait...and savour....
    Take care and get stitching...:o)

  3. I love that range!!
    Thank you for sharing your method of knots.....I usually end mine the same way you do but haven't tried your method for starting.

  4. Thank you for sharing the stitching advice, just what I needed to know and will definately use the techique. Don't know if I can take the teasing, can't wait to see the Rouenneries project. It's like a child waiting for Father Christmas or maybe the Easter Bunny at the moment.

  5. Iron the thread - brilliant! I will try that. I do the other, especially when what I'm stitching on is see-through - I just use regular knots when you can't see through it and it will have a backing. Cannot WAIT to see what you all are cooking up.

  6. thanks for the tips Judith, very easy to make a neat peice of stitching...
    Hugs Dawn x x

  7. I love stitching in red and great minds think alike because my current project is red stitchery and Rounneries fabric.
    I can't wait to see the new project as I am sure I will not be disappointed.


  8. I just bought 5 different fabrics from Rouenneries. I wanted to buy every's so beautiful. Can't wait to see what you are working on.
    Take care,

  9. Once again... Fantastic tips... thank you
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