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Thread: Show me a picture of what you think stipling should look like.

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    Show me a picture of what you think stipling should look like.

    I'm new to it and mine just doesn't look good.

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    This is my stipple but you can go smaller for a micro stipple.
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    i googled that and these are the images that came up https://www.google.com/search?q=imag...w=1031&bih=648
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    This is a meander but you can go bigger.
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    http://www.rendezvousquilts.com/stipple_quilting.aspx I just google this but there is a picture on her site
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zyngawf View Post
    I'm new to it and mine just doesn't look good.
    Show us a picture of yours!!! We may be able to provide better feedback than just showing our own work. Meanwhile I'm off to try to get a picture of mine.
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    Here is a picture of my all over meander/stipple. Hope that helps.
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    I know what stippling should look like, but I have a hard time getting mine to look like the pictures. Does anyone have any tips?

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    Just FYI, once you wash and dry your quilt, any mistakes will be much less noticeable My first meandering quilt looked "eh" beforehand, but after a trip through the washer and dryer, it got that crinkly texture and looked downright impressive (if I do say so).

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    Here's one I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
    I know what stippling should look like, but I have a hard time getting mine to look like the pictures. Does anyone have any tips?
    I don't know if will help you but I hum YMCA to give myself shapes to aim for.

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Size:  1.10 MBHere is tiny stipple. I bet everyone would have their own spin. Like handwriting!

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    I have been wondering what folks meant when they said stippling....thanks for this thread. It looks hard. I think I will have to stick to SID.

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    I don't do a lot of stippling these days so I really had to HUNT for this!! LOL* This is what I "like" my stippling to look like, but I'll be truthful, this one was just one of those days that everything meshed and it turned out consistent. That doesn't always happen. Quilting is as unique as handwriting. Don't stress over it!!! Also realize that everything gets better with practice! Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
    I know what stippling should look like, but I have a hard time getting mine to look like the pictures. Does anyone have any tips?
    I was told to think of the end of a dog bone and just keep doing that over and over...I practiced on paper and that helped my hand to start learning a pattern because my brain always wanted my hands to do straight lines....so after I doodled on paper for a while I think it helped me...and I kept that image of the end of a dog bone in my head
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    Do you see the Leah Day articles? check out her stipple tips! I think you draw a line and then stipple over it. More or less curvy...check out what she says!
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    I always think of jig saw puzzle pieces while I'm doing my meandering. For me it's a lot of fun.

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    I had to use a dry erase board and just sit and "doodle" until I was comfortable doing it on the quilt.Its a "hand -brain_ eye coordination that you are trying to conquer.Try this out and see if it helps.Have a great day
    Quote Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
    I know what stippling should look like, but I have a hard time getting mine to look like the pictures. Does anyone have any tips?
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    Everyone has his/her own 'signature' stipple style. However, if you try to make a horseshoe shape each time before curving in another direction, you will soon get into the rhythm.I think consistency is what makes or breaks the look.

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    My biggest problem with any FMQ is not watching where I am going and 'paint myself in a corner or dead end'. Then I have to rip stitches. A neat tip is to watch ahead of your sewing machine- where you're going instead of where you are. And practice- lots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom View Post
    My biggest problem with any FMQ is not watching where I am going and 'paint myself in a corner or dead end'. Then I have to rip stitches. A neat tip is to watch ahead of your sewing machine- where you're going instead of where you are. And practice- lots.
    On this note - it is REALLY helpful if you have an open toe foot or a darning foot that is shaped like a small metal ring. They allow you the most visibility and help you see where you are going! I also will literally stop in a needle down position if I have lost track of where I'm going or am supposed to go. Better than heading off in a direction you didn't intend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    I always think of jig saw puzzle pieces while I'm doing my meandering. For me it's a lot of fun.
    That is what I think of too...I like to have relaxing music on while I quilt...seems to help me with the "flow"...and if you want something just a step up from meandering/stippling...most of the time I do stipple with loops, or with hearts or stars...I think that is even more fun.

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    This is some of the stippling I have done on my Singer Featherweight. What I have in mind when I am doing FMQ stippling is thinking about puzzle pieces. It works for me.

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    I'm in the process of doing the "quilt as you go" method Leah Day does. I've basted about four squares together and hopefully it will turn out!

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    The "pure" definitation of stippling and meandering is in the size. Meandering is the larger shapes as shown in most of the examples above. Stippling is the same shapes but much much smaller shapes very packed together.
    Many quilters will get a meandering stencil and mark a few times to get the rhythm of the design until it comes naturally to them. Meandering should give the impresson of no specific design but an all over coverage of the quilting
    To some the motion comes easy, to others (like me) it is amost like trying to rub your head while rubbing your stomach. I find in class that many students try to create a specific pattern - such as frame but the designs hould move across the surface with no distinct pattern created but just to see an all over background fill.
    One problem most have is "backing themselves into a corner" with no place to go especially in triangle areas. there is a good illustration of meandering in triangle areas in the book "Trapunto By Machine" by Hari Walner

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