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The hoopless embroidery experiment is a rousing success. I got three motifs done on the Cloak Project, whereas I might only have gotten one or one and a half done with a hoop. Color me converted.

The project has gone past tedious into "gut it out and get it done", but at least while I work on it, I can catch up on reading and listening to music I didn't realize I had in iTunes. That, and plan out the tunic I want to embroider. Lots to do...

I have, however, struck on an approach for the acres of ironing that I have to do. I'm just going to do a couple of pieces at a time. There's nothing that says it all has to be done at once. "Sometime within the next month" is an attainable goal, and if I do two to four pieces at a time, I'll be fine. Besides, my happy pants don't need ironing, anyway. :-)

I've reached my saturation level, though. Time for bed.

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mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: August 25th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC) (base camp)
hoopless embroidery...I am very intrigued...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 25th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Just hold it in your hand and go for it. The hell with the hoop.
mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: August 27th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Are there specific stitches you are or are not using? Any tension issues with the stitches? I mainly back stitch and satin stitch...I see no probs for the former but I question the latter...

I have so much embroidery started but no where near done...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 27th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, I don't use satin stitch because it's not period for what I'm doing. The main stitches that were used for embroidery in the Dark Ages (which is what I'm researching and working on) were split stitch, stem stitch, back stitch, running sttch, couching, and buttonhole stitch.

There is a variant of satin stitch used on the Bayeux Tapestry called "laid and couched stitch," where long, long floats of satin stitch are used to fill a space, then another stitch runs perpendicular across the long floats and is couched down. It lets you fill large areas quickly and efficiently without the long floats getting snagged on stuff. I may use it to fill in the flowers on darkwolfie's cloak repair; I need to do some research on filling stitches used on the Mammen embroideries.

So far I haven't had any tension issues, but I am only using stem stitch to outline. It's just so very, very much faster, I can't even get over it.
mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: August 28th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
I am thinking to try it on the italian that I am working on...Its just back stitching with gold thread, but its taking a century...a century I don't have anymore!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 28th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, totally. I covered all the machine top-stitching on Wolfie's linen tunics with stem stitch, and didn't use a hoop. You wouldn't use a hoop if you were sewing seams by hand, and back stitch is also a construction stitch, ergo... I think you should try it. If you don't like th look, that's what seam rippers are for.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: August 27th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Also, while I was looking for an explanation of laid and couched work, I found this kit. And this one. I can think of a couple of people who would appreciate them... I'll just work them in my copious spare time.
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