"That which is striking and beautiful is not always good,
but that which is good is always beautiful."
- Ninon de L'Enclos
If you are just joining us, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Just Dream mandala. You can see my first project at Threaded Doodles. So I promised to spill a super surprising thing I learned, mid-way into my second embroidery project. This knowledge was gained AFTER stopping in and talking with some quilting folks at a local shop (admittedly not embroidery experts) and skimming two books about stitches. I stumbled upon it at the link below. You have to SEPARATE the freaking multi-threaded embroidery floss then choose how many threads to use for your stitch.
Guessing 92% of you knew that, but I just cracked up when I read it. Now my difficulty in threading a needle and the floss knotting up made perfect sense. I cannot understand the lack of documentation on the DMC embroidery floss. They might want to consider those new to the art when designing their "packaging" which obviously has limited space.
I continued without separating the floss, as I kind of like the look. But now I have a new thing to try, using a few threads and making tiny lines and details.
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