This technique that I developed for myself over the many years that I embroidered dresses is something that many of the moms have asked me about. That is why I decided to put it together here for anyone to use. Hopefully it will be helpful to you in achieving the same results with your embroidery.
Now that I have posted information on all the stages of my method of embroidering an Irish Step Dancing dress, I can wrap it all up into a neat package so that anyone else who is interested in creating such a dress can see how it's done. Here are the steps:
Tracing the design and preparing the fabric for embroidery is covered HERE.
Preparing the stranded embroidery floss for stitching is shown in THIS VIDEO. This is a very important step and should not be skipped if you want your stitches to turn out looking their best.
Threading the needle is shown HERE. Of course if all else fails, HERE's a great tool you can use!
How to embroider the chain stitch is shown HERE.
If you would like to see some of the results of using this method to embroider on velvet, here are a few links showing finished dresses and details of the designs:
Katie L's dress
Katie K's dress
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