I, Robbie M. Fields, am a grandmother in Northwest Georgia who has sewn almost all my life, making everything from clothing to cushion covers. Even though my knowledge of constructing handmade embroidery stitch patterns was very limited, I wanted to make an appliquéd Little Dutch Doll Design quilt for my little granddaughter, Robbie Ann.
After attempting to make the first appliquéd quilt square, I became frustrated to the point of giving up because I could not get the outline embroidery stitches evenly and precisely spaced around the edges of the appliquéd design.
I then came up with the idea of using a plastic strip with punched holes as a guide for each needle entry/exit points. It worked perfectly, allowing me to construct professional-looking Little Dutch Doll Design quilt squares, as shown on the Direction and Illustration Booklet's front cover, easily and quickly.
I soon realized that anyone, who desires, can also achieve the same excellent results when provided with the benefit of my invention to easily and correctly learn to construct all the embroidery stitch designs included, by using this technique.
That is how the idea for Hand Embroidery Success Strips was born.
How It Works:
This Hand Embroidery Success Strips Kit provides a BEGINNER, on their own, to acquire the skill and ability to construct, by hand, rows of beautiful and identical Embroidery stitches including Blanket, Back, Chain, Cross, Feather, and Fly & Running with Variations and multiple sizes.
The 5 strips identified 1 through 5 and the Booklet, includes easy to understand directions and illustrations showing a visible representation to interpret, guide and direct the user through the Step by Step stitch construction.
The stitch pattern designs are easily transferred onto a fabric by using a disappearing ink marking pin, or pencil, by placing the fabric on a flat, smooth surface and placing the strip on the fabric as shown in the illustration drawings. Number the dot and line markings, as illustrated, which will guide you through the construction steps and motions. After constructing the first stitches, there will be no need to number the dots. To mark long lines, position the perforated hole or line marking directly over the last point marked in the pattern sequence and continue on. Curved lines are easily marked by leaving the tip of the marking pen, or pencil, in the last marking point and turning the strip slightly always keeping the edge of the strip and pattern line even. With stitch designs requiring only one row of markings, you may use either the edge of the strip line points or the perforated holes.
Lets say, for example, the stitch pattern you prefer to construct is the basic Blanket stitch, pattern no. 1. The direction is given to mark both hole and line markings using pattern no. 1. You will find pattern No. 1 on strip No. 1. You will note that pattern No. 1 has line markings extended to the outside edge or the strip to indicate that dot markings should be placed at these points thus producing the two rows.
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