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14th century French Pouch .1 – sneak peek progress .8 & short basic embroidery hint

…a new week just started and what is better then starting a new week with new progress and another “short basic embroidery hint”? …yeah, I have again new embroidery progress concerning my 14th century French pouch for you – enjoy! 🙂

…as you can see at the following pictures – section 1 & 2 are nearly finished and I already started with section 3: 


I think the next photo might give you a good idea of how I will fill the next section. 🙂


…and now a “short basic embroidery hint” for my Premium members:[emember_protected not_for=4 do_not_show_restricted_msg=1]

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What to do with extra embroidery threads you don’t need at the moment?

You maybe already have had this problem while embroidering with more then one color & thread at one time, or when you just wanted to store an embroidery for some time without leaving the needle inside and with a thread that you not completely worked in at this moment. …and well, if you didn’t run into this problem yet, I hope that my hint will prepare you for this case.

The question is as basic and easy as it is difficult at the same time – what shall one do with the thread that is not needed at the moment?

Well, to secure the thread and to cut it off is not always the best possibility, especially when you know that you will need the other color / thread again soon. Over the last years I tried several solutions for this problem and the best and also easiest solution I came up with was this:


As you can see at the pictures above, I just “wrap” the threads which are not needed at the moment in long stitches “around” some fabric. Well, once you get used to this idea, you will see that fabric can work like a bobbin too.

pouch-commission_02-2014_p8-3The nice thing is that you furthermore can decide with the first stitch where you want your thread “to go” – can you see the green and white thread at the backside of the embroidery on the right side, going over the right border of the embroidery?

You can make the first stitch outside the embroidery for this thread wherever you want and by making this stitch you decide where this thread is located at the back of your embroidery.

pouch-commission_02-2014_p8-2If you lay it underneath a section where you will work next, you will stitch over it as soon as you start embroidering again and it will “vanish” underneath the thread at the backside of your embroidery – well, more or less, depending on the used embroidery technique. That means this is another possibility to “secure” and “hide” your threads a little at the backside.

But please be careful with this! A red thread underneath a section you want to embroider with white, especially when you use “fraying” threads like my wool-silk blend, is not the best decision. In the worst case you will pull some red single fibers through the surface which will “disturb” the appearance of your white embroidery. Though in the most cases, when you are using other and darker colors, you won’t really notice it – like always, you need to try it out for yourself.

And well, yes, you can not only lay the thread into the sections you will embroider next, you can also put them where you are already finished and know you won’t embroider there and leave this threads “untouched” and “un-pierced” before you use them again. 😉

Btw. when you make nice long stitches, you can also pull out the thread very easily and fast again. …and last but not least – a small last hint concerning this: try not to make the stitches through the threads you already “parked” at the side – otherwise this would complicate things a little as soon as you need them again… Yes, been there, already happened, try to avoid it in the future… 😉

I hope you enjoyed the new progress pictures and my “short embroidery basics” hint. 🙂

Best regards Racaire