Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tutorial: Towel on the Voile Fabric. Part 2

In my opinion the dollhouse miniature towels that were made in the previous tutorial are out of scale, they look big and heavy, they are hard to drape.

We used 32 count fabric in purpose, to let you practice a half-cross stitch, to get the felling of needlepointing in miniature. Have you got it? Are you ready for another challenge?

To reach the realistic effect, we all are striving for finishing the miniature in the scale as close as possible.

What if we use a fine piece of fabric, like voile, to make our next towel? You might want to ask me how on the earth we are going to stitch on this closely-woven fabric?

There is a wonderful product that will allow us to do it: SILK GAUZE! We will use silk gauze as a waste canvas.

Welcome to my new Tutorial!

Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop

Cut a piece of 40 count silk gauze approx. 1.5" x 2" and baste it over the main fabric to provide an evenweave grid for stitches.

Try to align the canvas grid with the wrap and weft of the background fabric as close as possible.

To begin, select a color and separate the strands of the floss (silk). Only one strand is used in this project. Make a waste know as it was described in tHe previous tutorial.

After stitching for about 10 stitches, take the needle behind your work, pull it
and cut it as close to the stitches as possible. DON'T run the needle under the stitches on the back of the fabric!

Keep stitching the design

When it is time to switch the thread, finish the working thread by taking the needle behind your work and running it under through the back of several stitches.

To start a new thread repeat the previous steps

Finish stitching the whole design. I used Continental and Half-Cross stitches.

After the design is complete, remove the tacking.

This is how it looks now

Cut the access of silk gauze around, if any, and start unraveling any waste canvas (silk gauze) that aren't covered by stitches

Then carefully remove the canvas (silk gauze) threads one at a time

Work on the horizontal lines first. This is how it looks like now

Now start working on the vertical lines taking one at a time out.

Phew! We are done! This is the finished stitching after silk gauze, used as a waste canvas, was unraveled.

Now let's make a towel.

I use an air erasable fabric marking pen to make marks for my towel

Take the fabric with the stitched design from the frame and iron it. Measure the desired length of your towel approx. 3.5" - 4" (depend on how long you want your towel to be). If the width of your completed towel will be 1", leave a half of inch on the each side.

You see those 4 little dots on the fabric made by the air erasable pen?
Don't worry, they will disappear.

Cut the piece out

Finger press (squeeze with your fingers) both sides of the towel

The edges of both sides should touch each other. Iron it.

Start working on the fringe carefully removing the fabric threads one at a time till you reach the desired length (about 1/4")

This is how the edges of your towel look like now

To finish the towel we will use Wonder-under stripe (you can buy it at any fabric store or on-line)

Cut a piece of Wonder-under stripe the length of the towel excluding the fringe, and with paper up iron it in the center of the back of your towel

Pill paper off

Iron each side of the towel to the center. DO NOT TOUCH THE WONDER-UNDER WITH YOUR IRON!

Your towel with fine stitched design is finished

Now you can folded in half or drape it.

For my scene I needed it to be folded

Look at the picture below. Agree that the towel with roosters look finer and closer to the scale!

Happy toweling!



Piikko said...

Thank you Natalia for this great tutorial! I love these roosters and colours of your towel.

BiWuBär said...

Happy toweling... that's great! Another fantastic tutorial. It looks so easy when you're doing it... ;O)


Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you! I hope you try it one day! It is easy, just takes a little bit of time, actually as everything in miniature!

Tatiana said...

Очень подробное объяснение!Супер урок!
Наталья, большое спасибо!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try.

PILAR6373 said...

Muchas gracias por el tutorial,queda perfecto!!!

Melli Hobby said...

Thanks for an other fantastic tutorial!!!
One day, I´ll try it!!

afairytalecometruewyrna said...

Thanks for showing how. I have some embroidery fabric and yarn lying, but I do not know what size it is, definitely bigger than what you show it on, because you can see the small squares. One day I try, but it requires so much of me, because it's new for me. You inspire much to get started.

mcddiss said...

muchas gracias por el tutorial , queda muy bien



Ilona said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial, Natalia! The towel looks wonderful, love those roosters.
Hugs, Ilona

KK said...

Hello Natalia!
Your little towels look wonderfully authentic, many thanks for this amazing tutorial!
With very best wishes
Helen. x

Fabiola said...

Thanks for this fantastic tutorial.
Bye Faby

Lina said...

Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I'm sure that I will try it :-)

Hugs, Lina

elis said...

Thanks for your tutorial.

Drora's minimundo said...

Thank you Natalia for this second tutorial. I now remember that in Paraguay, I saw some beautiful lace called "NANDUTI" made this way. The threads were taken off after the lace was finished. Nanduti, we were told, meant spiderweb in Guaranee, an Indian local language.
Hugs, Drora

maribel said...

Magnifico tutorial, muchisimas gracias por enseñarnos hacer estas maravillosas toallas.

minwks said...

That's amazing, I had no idea how that was done. Thank you for such a clear tutorial.
Regards Janine

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

I am very happy you like the tutorial and may be soon we will see your beautiful work!

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

I am very happy you like the tutorial and may be soon we will see your beautiful work!

Helma said...

Nice towels Nathalia. I knew the method how to embroider with sil gauze and another fabric but I'm happy to see how you make them. Thank you!



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