Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Needletherapy in Miniature. Part 3.1. Silk gauze


Part 3.1. Silk Gauze

Today we will talk about silk gauze and how to prepare it for the work.

Silk gauze is sold as cut pieces of different sizes or as framed pieces.

It is very comfortable to use framed silk gauze, especially if you work on a small project like a pillow, or a Christmas stocking, or a purse, etc… After you are done stitching, the same frame can be used up to 4-5 times. We will talk about how to mount your silk gauze on the frame later.

Today I will show you how to prepare unframed pieces of silk gauze for stitching.

First of all, you have to decide what size of silk gauze you need for your project. Then, you need to add at least ½” to all 4 sides of your piece of silk gauze. For instance, if you stitch a rug finished size of which is 5” x 7”, you need to cut a piece of silk gauze 5 ½” x 7 ½”. Many sources recommend to add 1” to each side. You can add 1” to each side, if it makes you feel more comfortable.

I will show you the method that I use. This method is fast and for those who is as lazy as I am. Дешево и сердито, ))

Take a piece of fabric of the size bigger than the frame you are planning to use (the size of the frame also depends on the size of your project).

Find the center on the piece of fabric and the piece of silk gauze. Connect them together by sawing. I find using the sewing machine is more helpful.

This is the front side.

This is the back side and this is the side we are going to work with.

Do a little cut on fabric with your sharp scissors, but be careful not to cut through the silk gauze.

Then cut out the piece of fabric leaving approximately ½” of fabric from the edges.

After you are done, make little cuts on each corner leaving some fabric to protect the corners.

Turn it and attach to the fabric using your sewing machine.

This is how it looks like now.

Frame it.

Now you can trim the edges of the fabric.

If you don’t like this way of preparing your silk gauze, here is another one, similar to the first.

Find a piece of fabric and cut 4 even stripes of the size that after being attached to the piece of silk gauze, it will fit your frame.

I won’t describe this method, just look at the pictures, please.

Advice: never frame a piece of silk gauze itself! First of all it is wasting of silk gauze. Second reason - distortion will occur.

to be continued...


Josje said...

This is such a great series Natalia, all this usefull information in one spot. Thanks you very much for posting this! ~Josje~

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you, Josje! I hope this information will help those who is looking for it.

Contrastes-Rosa Mª said...

Un tutorial perfecto, muy bien explicado, besos:)

Idskesminis said...

Thank you very much, I have some silk gauze, so this is very timely information for me! I will certainly give it a go and when I eventually post it on my blog I will mention this post!

Ilona said...

It surely does :D thank you for sharing this very useful information, Natalia, it helps me a lot. Embroidery work is not that often on my work table but often enough to know more like this kind of information.
Hugs, Ilona

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing. I never stitched on silk gauze. One day I'll try.
Hugs from Craftland

Sans! said...

These tutorials definitely help me!! You are wonderful to share your experience with someone like me. I love embroidery but am so inexperienced that often times, I got frustrated from the mistakes made with fabric, threads, needles.

Thank you 10X!!! Natalia, you are a gem!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Idske, you have to try your piece of silk gauze. You will be so proud of yourself to add more master skills to all of yours!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you, girls, for your nice comments. I am here for you, trying to seduce you to try a new division in the whole beautiful world of miniatures!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Sans! I just can't believe that such genius as you are makes mistakes. Anyway, still don't see your progress in needlework on your blog! What are you hiding there? a new surprise to shock all of us with your originality? Can't wait to see!!!

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: thanks for sharing these tips sewing. You always do a great job. Keep in touch

Dorien Litjes said...

Thanks for sharing !!
Greetings Dorien

BiWuBär said...

Thank you again, your way to explain it is fantastic!


Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you!

maribel said...

Gracias por el tutorial.


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