Terrific Tip Tuesday: This End Up

There’s nothing more frustrating when you’re hand stitching than thread that keeps knotting up and tangling. If you thread the end that comes off the spool first, you’ll have less issues. The thread will  travel through the fabric in the more natural direction. 

Wishing you tangle free stitching!

UPDATE: Great comment over on Instagram to help remember this!

 

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Even Stitching


Who’s a fan of hand stitching? I find it relaxing. Sometimes my perfectionism and my desire for a mindless activity have trouble meeting at the same spot. So here is a great old trick for perfect even stitching!


Mark even stitches on your thumb to follow as you hand stitch. This can work for all types of stitching. I especially like it for decorative stitching, such as a blanket stitch or chain stitch. 

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Attaching Handles by Hand

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Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Terrific Tip Tuesday! It’s possible that I flat out forgot to post yesterday. (It’s been a busy week; Sara Lawson is in town visiting the Triad MQG!) I really like the look of leather handles and love to use the ones that come prepunched. These need to be hand stitched to attach. Because the pressure points on handles are at the top, I like to start at the bottom and sew one stitch on the right, then one stitch on the left and keep going back and forth.

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The back will look like shoelaces. This provides reinforcement.

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And the finished product looks like this. I used all six strands of embroidery floss. It makes for a strong attractive attachment.

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xo LC