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Thread: How to do stippling

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    I am going to try my hand at stippling... this may be a funny question, but how do you do it? I mean i know how it looks, but when you do the design, what do you need to be doing to move it? i know you don't overlap them, but how exactally do you do it? thanks!

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    I can only tell you what I do. I just keep wiggling around as I am moving around. Just keep filling in where it looks empty. I also tend to do one block at a time and just move on up the row.

    Practice on a sandwiched practice square first to get comfy. Your machine should be moving kinda fast and you should be taking your time moving the fabric. Especially going around corners. Don't be in a hurry. You May have to play with your tension a little bit too. That is why you practice first.

    I hope that helped and I hope that made sense.

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    Sometimes if you draw on a piece of paper it helps train your hands to move the quilt in the machine.

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    My first few times I used a stencil to mark where to stipple. It helped me get the hang of it and now I just do it with no stencil to follow.

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    Here is some info about stippling that you may find helpful.

    http://www.quiltingassistant.com/stippling.html

    The main thing you need to remember is practice, practice, practice.....

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    I agree...practice, practice, practice.

    You might also think about changing the size of your stitch depending on what size stippling you are doing. I found that when you are doing small tiny stippling...you need to make much smaller stitches or they will look kind of jerky.

    The best thing is to doodle with your pencil every chance you get...it trains your eyes and hands....also...think..."big head, little neck"...for some reason that helps too.. :roll:

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    Don't forget to drop your feed dogs, it is easier to move that way. I use quilting gloves too.

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    Now that I have DSL, I can watch videos, so I've just come across a few on stippling.

    From Leah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-d_cLN-ayE

    From Diane Gaudynsky, http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/tvt035.asp

    From others on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KZ_9...eature=related and MORE

    Hope these help you, and me too!! Happy quilting,


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    HI there, I have been visiting this website and I think it has some wonderful videos.

    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

    Julie

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    Here's a couple of tidbits, or more.....

    *Can use a marker and an old magazine...hold marker by the end as you draw the stippling endlessly...this gives you the understanding of direction and practice to get what you want in a design.

    *Can use a stencil to 'pounce' on or draw on to help you get the flow of this and rythm too.

    *Could use a big puzzle piece from a smaller child...as they are very much alike in pattern. (anyone w/those old, big puzzle pieces...don't throw the out!)Use that as a guide or etc.
    -Most of all....just do it:)take a scrap and practice...you will find what you like and gain the confidence to what you are doing....the videos here (posted)are great too! Skeat

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