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Thread: Rec a stitch to Embroider on a quilt

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Can anyone recommend a stitch to use for hand embroidered lettering and numbering on the front of a quilt? I would like for it to be very visible. I've never embroidered so I don't know all the stiches that would be contenders or what would be best suited.


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    Super Member thimblebug6000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    British Columbia
    How about a stem stitch using 3 strands?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    northern New England
    Are the letters and numbers going to be fairly large, like for a young child's quilt where you want to teach the alphabet? Or do you just want to do something more delicate like a signature and date?

    If the first, I would use a stem stitch to outline block letters and then fill them in with filling stitches that give different textures to each letter (heringbone, checkerboard. raised chain, satin, spider web, etc). If the second, the stem stitch would be good for fine letters or you could outline and fill all in stem stitch, use couching, or a satin stitch (with or without outlining in a split stitch first). Confused? This site will give you some basic stitches. http://www.craftown.com/instruction/embroidery.htm There are lots of sites with instructions for others.

    Also, take a look at perle cotton instead of embroidery floss. It lays down quite nicely and (I think) looks much better. Just my opinion, for what it's worth (embroidery was my first 'craft' back in the days of Erica Wilson). I also think it's best to do "very visible" embroidery BEFORE quilting, so the back of it is not seen.

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