White 14th century XL hood for a friends Pelican elevation – embroidery .2 – appliqué border embellishment – a proper finish for my surface couching embroidery

2015-08_Racaire_Sams_14th-century-XL-elevation-hood_surface-couchingNow, that I finally caught up with most of my housework and am able to enjoy a rather clean home again, I am back at my computer again and ready to also catch up with the most recent progress of the 14th century XL hood project for my friends Pelican elevation.

Therefore I checked my last posting about the embroidery for the hood as well as the pictures on my tablet and found some photos concerning the surface couching embroidery for the appliqué border embellishment I haven’t posted yet.

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread & hide it .2 :)

Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 3.1 – hand sewing - pinning the top :)I know, when I am having fun with an embroidery project, I tend to forget everything around me… *lol* But well, I love embroidery and I also love posting new progress pictures for you… 😀

Now, after I made some really nice progress concerning my new 12th century project “Saint Michael and the Dragon“, it is time to go back again to my second “Craft with Racaire” project: the fast and easy pouch tutorial. Wow, I have so many projects at which I am working at the moment and already so many ideas for new projects that I really should finish this one as soon as possible… 😀

In the last posting I showed you how I am pinning the top to prepare the pouch for the next step – the hand sewing. Today I show you how I start a new thread and how I hide it.

Todays motto is:
“Hand sewing – how to start a new thread & how to hide it”

Maybe you remember my first posting “step 2.2 – hand sewing – how to start a new thread and hide it“. The title of this previous posting might look similar, if not even the same at the first look, but… 

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Craft with Racaire – Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial – Step 2 – hand sewing the sides

Craft with Racaire - Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial - Step 2 - hand sewingI know, after my recent posting about the “forgotten 14th century queen from France“, you are impatiently waiting for my other finds from my Mission “Medieval Berlin”. Well, I have indeed many beautiful things to share with you. I have new photos of lovely medieval embroidery, “bling bling”, new 14th century museum catalogues and many more other lovely medieval things I found…

…but we also have a “Craft with Racaire” project to finish. I admit it, I neglected this project a little but there was so much I wanted to post about instead. Now I am definitely determined to finish this project as soon as possible.

Especially because I already have so many new ideas for medieval inspired and medieval embroidered projects on my mind. As well as a rather long list of “projects I definitely want to do”. Like an embroidered 14th century floral head band or a new embroidered 12th century fillet or… So many museum photos, so many ideas, so many projects and just so little time… *lol*

Therefore lets start today with the next step towards the finishing, the actual hand sewing for the:

Fast and easy pouch tutorial

Craft with Racaire - Project 2 – fast and easy pouch tutorial - Step 2 - hand sewingAs you already might have noticed, I try to provide a lot of extra information and knowledge with my tutorials. They do not only contain a basic tutorial for the actual project, they also contain a lot of extra in-depth information as well as personal thoughts about the described projects and techniques.

The first steps for this project had the purpose to help you to get started. Furthermore they provided a lot of in-depth information about the basic hand sewing stitches “Running Stitch” and “Back Stitch”. While putting together this “basic” information, I was especially thinking about which information could help if you are a newbie to hand sewing. I also tried my best to provide some interesting information for the experienced hand sewers among you.

My personal goal was that whatever level you are when it comes to hand sewing,  that you should be able to work at your hand sewing with a certain ease of knowledge after reading my in-depth postings about the “Running Stitch” and “Back Stitch”. If you would like to reread the postings before you start with the next step – the actual hand sewing – underneath you find a short list of all postings for this tutorial till now:

Step 1) Fast and easy pouch tutorial & how to work with “rapports”
This posting explains how to calculate the needed fabric for the easy pouch tutorial. I also added some extra information: “how to work with rapports” (repeating patterns).
Step 1.1) Hand sewing stitches: Running Stitch…
This posting is an in-depth description of the first and most basic hand-sewing stitch you will need for this tutorial – the Running Stitch.
Step 1.2) Hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch (and Stem Stitch)…
Another in-depth description of another basic and helpful hand-sewing stitch you will need for this technique – the Running Stitch.

…and now you should be definitely prepared to start with the hand sewing.
It is time for some “hand sewing fun”! Let’s put the “fast & easy pouch” together:

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Craft with Racaire – Project #2 – Step 1.2 – Hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch & its connection to Stem Stitch

Craft with Racaire – Project #2 – Step 1.2 – Hand sewing stitches: Back Stitch & its connection to Stem Stitch

I hope you enjoyed the progress pictures of my short side-project: “embroidered 14th century pouch for the 9th birthday of my blog” and the birthday raffle.
…but now it is time to get back to the second “Craft with Racaire” project – the fast and easy pouch tutorial.

Some time already passed by since the first two postings for this project therefore here a short summery for you:

1) “…fast and easy pouch tutorial (handsewn) & how to work with “rapports”
In this first posting of the pouch tutorial you will find useful information about the materials you will need for this project. It also explains how you can calculate the needed fabric yourself or you can also use the measurements I provide. As a little bonus for you, I also added some extra information of “how to work with “rapports”” (repeating fabric patterns).

2) “…Hand sewing stitches: Running Stitch & more thoughts about hand sewing
In this second posting of the pouch tutorial you will find an in-depth description of the first and most basic hand-sewing stitch you will need for this technique – the Running Stitch. Furthermore you will also find some additional hints how you can use this stitch for sewing or fitting and how you can speed up your sewing when you are using it. One of my favorite sections of this posting is the part about the Running Stitch and its possibilities of usage in medieval embroidery.

I am still amazed how much information I could put together for you for the posting about the Running Stitch. I think the following text about the Back stitch is at least as long as the one about the Running Stitch. It is about the Back Stitch and its connection to Stem Stitch and its usage in medieval embroidery… but we will come to all this soon.

Btw. I just added the new page “Medieval hand-sewing techniques” underneath the “Medieval embroidery techniques“. You can find both pages underneath the menu option “Premium“. When you place your curser on the word Premium the drop down menu containing both pages should appear. On this pages I put together all useful information about medieval embroidery and hand-sewing I posted till now for a faster overview and an easier access for you. I will do my best to update this page whenever I post something about medieval embroidery or hand-sewing techniques.

…and now back again to the topic:

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