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Thread: Hand Embroidery, Puckers

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    Hand Embroidery, Puckers

    This is going to be put in a frame and under glass like a picture, however
    there is puckers, any ideas on how to straightened the puckers out?.....Thanks Rita
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    Sometimes steam ironing on the back side help some of those puckers. Hope this helps.

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    It is best to prevent puckers from forming in the first place. I find the new no-slip embroidery hoops are the best to keep tension on the background fabric. You might be able to mist your embroidery piece and block it to dry (with it stretched and pinned to a board). You need to make sure that your embroidery thread doesn't bleed before misting with water.

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    If it puckers too much, maybe you could put some batting behind it to fill out the puckers.
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    Any chance of photo to assess the damage.
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    I was always taught and continue to teach "DRUM TAUT"! In other words, keep that fabric so tight on your hoop that you could probably play the 1812 Overture on it!!!! (Only kidding!) But, I am known world wide for my saying "Drum Taut" (Only kidding)! Maybe the block I live in!!!! You have to have the hoop that screws, not the kid that has that bent wire that just plops into a groove. I honestly prefer a wooden hoop. I tie down my quilts (Drum Taut also) with an 18x24 oval. Good luck. Edie
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    Pressing from the back with a misting can help a lot. Always press embroidery from the back ON A FOLDED BATH TOWELL. It needs a cushion while pressing. Hope this is a help.
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    All the "pre" advice here is very valid, but since you have already done the deed, I'd try the damp pressing on the folded towel and then mount it over a piece of batting. Pull taunt and try to work out the wrinkles.....I suppose it depends on how bad the piece is. Your call then....

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    Put a bath towel on your ironing board , put your hand embroidery work face down on the towel, now put a peace of cotton fabric on top of that. steam iron it, spray it if you have to with water. good luck it works for me , I do a lot of machine embroidery.

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