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How To Mark Stitch Lines for Embroidery on Felted Fabric Easter Eggs (and Balls)
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 19:12
Marking straight lines on felted fabrics can be a bit tricky. Chalk barely stays in place long enough to get the job done and marking pens seem to find the uneven texture a challenge. So I tried using masking tape and to my surprise it worked perfectly!
Masking tape clings just enough to stay in place while stitching and releases without pulling the fibers. I used the same pieces over and over - no need for a fresh piece each time a line needs to be marked.
In cases where the design is actually wider than the tape, two pieces of tape can be used together to create the width needed. If the design is thinner than the tape, two pieces of tape can be placed at the edges of the design as shown below.
Masking tape can easily be marked using a sharpie pen when the stitch requires - like this very pretty 'Aegean Afternoon' border (found in "Stitching Borders and Beyond").
Notice the little marks made on the tape to assist me when stitching the chevron stitch.
These little marks, made before attaching the tape to the egg, helped immensely to create stitches that were evenly spaced. Truth be told - I actually eyeballed my marks - but if you prefer, you can measure and mark carefully if you prefer.
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Once the chevron stitch was completed, the tape was removed and design details added.
To make a whipped running stitch, I placed one edge of the tape right where I wanted to stitch the running stitch. (I eyeballed the placement, but you can measure if your prefer.)
Stitching right along the edge of the tape works beautifully!
The stem stitches, which outline the trellis stitches in the center of the egg, were stitched along both sides of a double wide tape in the same way as shown for this running stitch.
Once the tape is removed, the stitch can be completed!
Although the tape will lie flat against the egg surface at the center of the egg, as you approach the ends one edge of the tape will not lie flat. And as you can see in the image above, at the very end of the egg only the sticky residue at the very edge of the tape is in contact with the surface of the egg.
And believe it or not - the tape stays in place while stitching.
For more dimensional stitches such as a chain stitch, make a long basting stitch at the edge of the marker tape. Remove the basting stitch as you make your dimensional stitch. (Or stitch right next to the basting stitch and remove it once the dimensional stitching in completed.
This trick worked so well while I was stitching designs on my knitted/felted Easter eggs, that I decided to photograph a few steps to share. I hope some of you find them useful!
And be sure to check out other options for creating fiber Easter eggs here. In addition to a link to the pattern for the knit/felt eggs shown here, you will find links for knitted, crocheted and felted eggs!