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Embroidery by Rebecca

I like to embroider comic book heroes, desert sunsets, and cute pets. Questions about embroidery are always welcome.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Steve 馃槝 鉂わ笍 馃挋聽 (I think he might be my muse 馃槏 )

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He鈥檚 101 and I am still smitten with him 馃槝馃挄馃挄

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鈥榬ebecca, you know there are other characters–鈥
鈥–mmmmmm no, pretty sure there aren鈥檛鈥

it鈥檚 the birthday boy 馃挄馃帀馃グ馃巵馃挄

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embroid-awaya month agoAnswer

I just found your blog and I wanted to say that I'm really happy to see a serious embroidery artist who is using aida cloth + pencil. The more embroidery resources I've seen online, the more I've felt like I'm committing sacrilege by using those instead of canvas/cotton/linen and fabric markers :P

Oh man, do I know that feeling. I have to be careful about how much time I spend looking at traditional embroidery/needlepoint blogs, because I want to be inspired but instead walk away feeling inadequate and聽鈥渇ake鈥 due to my preferred techniques. (paint? instead of thread?? HOW DARE)

but I absolutely stand by the pencil and aida. I鈥檝e discussed my preference for aida a few times (even recently), and nothing marks the aida better than pencil. Pencil also allows for error correction (because the aida is an erasable fabric! who knew? [us]), and it doesn鈥檛 fade unless you rub it intentionally with your fingers.

I once tried to use a fabric marker with ink that disappears with water, and I found out that after a few days, the ink disappears with air too. I can鈥檛 even stitch 鈥淪teve Rogers in the Shower鈥 in a few days – something I am very motivated to stitch – so I need more staying power than that. Another tally for pencil!

I鈥檓 not saying that the pencil is The Perfect Pattern-Making Tool, but for aida cloth specifically, it鈥檚 pretty darn good. so I鈥檓 with you, and we can use each other鈥檚 confidence to make up for our own insecurities. 馃挄

(also, you think I鈥檓 a serious embroidery artist? i鈥檓 honored! especially since i was just writing about stitching steve rogers in the shower.)

((i have. twice. 馃槄))

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Me again!!! Thank you for all the information with my last ask! I have another one. What specific paint color(s) do you use for skin tone? (Like your latest WW embroidery for example)

Hello! I鈥檓 glad I can be helpful and answer your questions!

The colors I used for Wonder Woman鈥檚 skin specifically are peach, white, burnt umber (dark brown), crimson (red), and violet.聽

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The violet is KEY because it creates a softer and more pleasant shadow! 馃挏馃挓馃挏

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embroid-awaya month agoAnswer

Hey, What kind of stitch did you use for the lasso?

Hey there, it鈥檚 called the聽鈥渃ouching鈥 stitch! I hadn鈥檛 used it in a piece before, but it was perfect for the lasso.

Here鈥檚 quick overview of the stitch…

Two threads:
Thread A - the thread that lays on top of the fabric; it only goes up through the fabric once and back down through the fabric once.
Thread B - the thread that loops over and around Thread A to hold Thread A to the fabric

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  1. Pull Thread A through the fabric.
  2. Hold Thread A along the fabric - you鈥檒l likely need to do this in sections. Try to hold it as close to where you want it to be fixed as you can.
  3. Using Thread B, poke through on one side of Thread A, loop over it and go back through the fabric on the other side of Thread A. Don鈥檛 go back through the same hole you came up through, but instead very near it. Wherever possible, Thread B should be perpendicular over Thread A.
  4. Repeat this process until Thread A is fixed to the top of the fabric for the line segment. Once complete, pull Thread A back through the fabric. Try to evenly distribute the Thread B loops – the exception for the lasso was in areas where Thread A made tight direction changes, Thread B stitches were closer together in those spots.聽

It鈥檚 a pretty easy stitch for such a neat effect! I鈥檝e circled a few of the Thread B stitches on that Wonder Woman couching angle:聽

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For those curious about the floss colors: A = DMC E3852, B = DMC 680.

I鈥檝e gone into more detail than asked for in your question, but I hope it still helps!

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Wonder Woman 07 (2016) Variant Cover by Jenny Frison

completed on a 9鈥 diameter bamboo hoop and 22-count aida cloth with embroidery floss (black and metallic gold) and watercolors

bonus: a look at the couching technique for the lasso

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embroid-away2 months agoAnswer

I love your art so much! Can I ask what are you using to color in the fabric when not using thread as a filler? How is it not bleeding?! You are clearly some type of wizard! 😂

Hey there! I use watercolors. I鈥檝e written about how I use watercolors in these posts: watercolor basics, when to watercolor, and stitching before color.

And not a wizard, just practiced ;) I鈥檝e learned how the watercolors at different concentrations soak into and bleed through the fabric and how to control it better, but that doesn鈥檛 mean that it never happens anymore. My tools for fixing are a black felt-tip pen and a white gel pen.

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I鈥檓 working on that Wonder Woman, and I鈥檝e had a few places that I鈥檝e needed these fixin鈥 tools.

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[Image: work in progress of Wonder Woman, areas circled show both color bleed and paint on the black thread]

Here鈥檚 what it looks like fixed (and a little more painted lol):聽

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[Image: a slightly more complete wonder woman]

The blue bleed above the cape I covered with the white gel pen, the yellow-gold over the black thread I covered with the black felt-tip pen, and the yellow below the belt I had to let dry completely聽before I covered it with the blue of her plated skirt.

I definitely recommend trying watercolors with your stitching! And if you do, let me know!聽

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I鈥檓 so glad they鈥檙e working for you, @sleeepysapphic!!聽

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Hey @heiresscomics! I don鈥檛 know of any go-to resources, I learned just by practicing (and practicing and trying new things and those things both working and not working…)

I do have an Embroidery Starter Tutorial that I put together a few years ago – and I think it still holds up! I鈥檝e answered lots of questions over the years about embroidery too – ultimately, I鈥檓 trying to give everyone a leg up from where I started! – so I鈥檝e got a How-to Tag for all of them.聽

And I always welcome more questions 馃槉

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聽from The Defenders (1972) #04 by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema

Valkyrie says,聽鈥淚t鈥檚 Equality!鈥 — giveaway commission for @spyderqueen

Created on a 5鈥 diameter bamboo hoop with 22-count aida cloth, embroidery floss, and watercolors. (B&W version available on my Etsy)

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from Check, Please! Year 2 #19: Goodbye for the Summer - II by @ngoziu

for @lastknownwriter (because sometimes your friends are writing outstanding fanfic and you just gotta say thank you somehow)

With @omgcheckplease coming to an end this week (馃槶馃槶馃槶), I wanted to reblog this little set I stitched a few years ago– it’s still a favorite of mine 馃挊 (both the stitching and the scene)

thank you @ngoziu for creating such a wonderful, heartwarming, funny, and delightful story!!!!

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embroid-away3 months agoAnswer

How do you get your stitches so small on that fabric? Referencing the X-Men project

Well, I want to say聽鈥減ractice,鈥 but I know that鈥檚 not the answer you鈥檙e looking for! 馃槃

I think it comes down to the fabric 鈥 I use aida cloth (22 ct) because aida is the only fabric I鈥檝e found that provides the rigidity that I need. Most fabrics - especially the classic cotton or linen used by other embroiderers - either have stretch or are too loose of a weave, meaning the stitches pull on the cloth and distort the lines. No good! Aida also has enough fibers that allow for only fractions-of-a-millimeter differences between stitch location.聽

I鈥檝e tried canvas, linen, Evenweave (28 ct), and muslin cotton, but none have the same properties as aida, and without those properties, I can鈥檛 stitch comics with the same detail and accuracy.聽

Aida is branded for cross-stitching, which is why it鈥檚 so stiff. Those X鈥檚 need to be straight and fixed in a grid, you don鈥檛 want them angled due to fabric distortion!聽

(Sidenote, I also love the distinct grid of aida, the grid makes it so much easier to stitch curves and straight lines [all about that slope, baybeeee 馃搱馃槑])

For anyone stitching similar detail embroidery, I recommend giving aida cloth a try!

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this new #wip both excites and terrifies me (stitching time = 8 hours)

wip update:

update:

colossus stitching time = 15 hours; total stitching time = 40(ish?) hours

update the fourth

+ 18ish hours

another stitchin鈥 update:

this might be my limit of small but it鈥檚 still pretty small (+ 10 hrs)

we鈥檝e hit both the halfway point and over 100 hours

milestone: all characters have been stitched (!!!!!!!!) ((+18 hrs))

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I鈥檇 like to offer one (1) commission giveaway of a 4-5鈥 diameter comic portrait embroidery, like one of the embroideries above, because it鈥檚 real darn neat to have hit the 10k followers milestone. 馃馃グ

If you鈥檙e interested:聽
(1) Gotta follow me bc that鈥檚 the whole point
(2) Like and/or reblog this post, and reblogs count as 2 entries (meaning you could enter your name up to three times by both liking and reblogging 鉂わ笍鉁 馃攣鉁呪渽)

On Saturday, 21 March 2020, I鈥檒l create a numbered list from all the likes & reblogs and use a random number generator to choose a winner. I鈥檒l reach out to the winner via tumblr messages.聽

Thanks again for following me. I鈥檓 glad you enjoy my comics embroidery 馃挅

What an amazing response from all of you, I wish I could stitch something for everyone, but I can鈥檛, so I choose two people instead:

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Congrats, @spyderqueen and @degeneration-fest鈥! You both get a comic portrait embroidery. I鈥檒l be messaging you through my main account, @bekstek,聽[EDIT: messages will be via this account, for some reason I thought I couldn鈥檛 message through this account but that鈥檚 just replies] and we鈥檒l talk details.聽

If you didn鈥檛 win but still want a comic portrait, I offer commissions through my etsy store.聽

I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy in these uncertain times. 鉂わ笍

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I鈥檇 like to offer one (1) commission giveaway of a 4-5鈥 diameter comic portrait embroidery, like one of the embroideries above, because it鈥檚 real darn neat to have hit the 10k followers milestone. 馃馃グ

If you鈥檙e interested:聽
(1) Gotta follow me bc that鈥檚 the whole point
(2) Like and/or reblog this post, and reblogs count as 2 entries (meaning you could enter your name up to three times by both liking and reblogging 鉂わ笍鉁 馃攣鉁呪渽)

On Saturday, 21 March 2020, I鈥檒l create a numbered list from all the likes & reblogs and use a random number generator to choose a winner. I鈥檒l reach out to the winner via tumblr messages.聽

Thanks again for following me. I鈥檓 glad you enjoy my comics embroidery 馃挅

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this new #wip both excites and terrifies me (stitching time = 8 hours)

wip update:

update:

colossus stitching time = 15 hours; total stitching time = 40(ish?) hours

update the fourth

+ 18ish hours

another stitchin鈥 update:

this might be my limit of small but it鈥檚 still pretty small (+ 10 hrs)

we’ve hit both the halfway point and over 100 hours

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