Sunday, August 5, 2012
My practice Soutache piece
I've taken a few step by step pics of my third component, which I'll share with you. The first 2 components I was able to follow quite closely, estimating the lengths of braid I needed. When I got to the thrid piece my estimation was way out so I had to take a different curve.
I added 4mm between the teal braids, this colour was much softer then the others, I felt it didn't hold shape well. The light blue was very firm with a hard string inside the dark blue was a medium firmness. Particularly with the soft braid you need to watch the needle doesn't make it fluffy.
I made an extra couple of components
then laid it out to see how they'd fit pushing bits around to get an idea of where to attach them
The centre component with the cab - the cab was glued to LSS and stitched as you normally would then I stitched the braid to the LSS going through the ditch then LSS and back through, a bit like what you do on the edge stitch. then I trimmed the LSS and continued joining braid to braid with beads between.
- line all braids with v going same direction
- stitch in the ditch, being easy on tension
- put a few stitchs one braid to one braid of opposite side to pull in firmly before going through the lot
- use a sharp strong needle, no burring on end, the eye about same width as needle (I use an embroidery needle straw 10)
Then play and experiment