January's block for Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2014 is done!The Art of Dimensional Embroidery by Maria A. Freitas. The descriptions and diagrams of the stitches were detailed and easy to understand.
However, my first attempts to work with EdMar Rayon thread, the type of thread used in this style of embroidery required the patience of Job... and here's why, vermicelli!
It was a bit frustrating. The rayon thread is slick and is Z twisted as opposed to S twisted, see Mary Corbet's Z twisted thread explained. In essence, what this means is that some stitches for example the stem stitch, instead of holding the thread under the needle, you now must keep the thread above the needle. The stem stitch does not look quite the same as when done with DMC cotton, there is more texture to it. It's not bad, just different. All in all, I quite enjoyed learning how to use EdMar rayon threads and I love how the light reflects of the stitches.
Now I move into February's block. I have some ideas for working that block so stay tuned...
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