The collar embroidery was very intimidating and lots of fun. I’ve never done this, so I looked for tutorials!
I decided I’d treat this as Broderie Anglaise (shadow work another time- what a great idea!). I could see that there were two sizes of eyelets, so here’s the eyelet tutorial I used, because it had the prettiest stitching. 🙂
I also went to the Library, my favorite needlepoint shop, then the sewing machine store for advice, everyone agreeing that I didn’t have time to embroider before the June 9th Parade- nooo! I don’t have an embroidery machine so I dragged out my old 9mm sewing machine and the frayed edges splaying out from test curves looked Awful. Back to “By Hand, thank you!”
I started with the edge stitching, then the small eyelets around the rim, just the right size for my old awl.
Next came the triangle shapes, satin stitch beside them, tiny outlines, needle placement with a pinch for snipping guidance, trimming, then buttonhole stitch around.
The eyelets in the middle circles were bigger, maybe too big for my awl and I was afraid to trim them! I used the needle to judge center, then stretched with a tapestry needle, then the blunt awl. I trimmed an X, leaving several edge threads. So, here’s the eyelet sequence:
- place tiny outline stitches
- snip out the stabilizer ( I was afraid the stitches would be loose after it dissolved).
- pierce to find center and snip an X
- buttonhole stitch around
- bury the last stitch button hole loop
- pull until it is an even edge
- bury the tread under several stitches and trim it- done!