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Monday, July 28, 2008

How to Separate Stranded Embroidery Floss - Video Tutorial

Recently I showed you how to Embroider on Velvet with a Hoop, as I had done when embroidering many of my daughter's and her friends' Irish Step Dancing Dresses. You can see some of them including details of the designs by looking in the Hand Embroidery Links page on the sidebar.

Today I am going to show you one of the very important steps in the embroidery process when using stranded floss, such as the DMC embroidery floss I used on the Irish Step Dancing Dresses and which you can find at your favorite craft store. Of course what I am talking about is Separating the Strands before beginning to stitch.

I know it's a hassle and some people don't think it's worth the effort, but it really does make a difference in the final look of your embroidery. And why go to all the effort to embroider a beautiful piece, only to have the stitches turn out lumpy and uneven because you didn't take the time to separate the strands of floss? It's really not that hard and doesn't take up THAT much time, and the results are well worth the effort.

Here's a little video showing how to separate stranded embroidery floss without ending up with a big ball of knots. I hope you find it helpful.

Coming soon will be a video showing a tip on how to easily thread your needle once you have separated your floss strands, and also a video on how to work the chain stitch which is what I used mostly for the designs on the Irish Step Dancing dresses.

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