How do you embroider? (Updated with findings)Update:More Like This
I've done several experiments since asking this question, and have come to settle on the following settings to produce the best embroidery:
Stabilizer: Heavyweight cut-away for the very best result (I used Pellon), or 2 layers of medium-weight tear-away (I've tried this for both Pellon and Sulky). Use a water-soluble stabilizer on top of Minky to keep the nap down so the pile will not show through.
Needle: Standard sharp needle, even on Minky. Some recommended ballpoint needles, but the result turned out a bit more sketchy than I'd like.
Embroidery File: 7stitches/mm density, 5 units of fixed pull compensation for pattern fills, and 12 units of variable pull compensation for satin (zig-zag) stitches.
Hooping: Hoop backing stabilizer, and adhere fabric on top. I tried hooping Minky, but the middle kept shifting due to the stretchy nature of the fabric.
Thanks to all (2 of you ) who replied to this entry with suggestions, and to all
Sulky embroidery floss colour matching tool!For all the standing I do in front of the embroidery thread shelf at Joann matching colours to a reference sheet, I've always had this nagging feeling that I could have picked better colours for the pony cutie marks and eyes. I've found brand conversion tools online, but no reliable RGB-to-thread conversion. I recently came across a spreadsheet offered on Sulky's official site that gave RGB value equivalents to their entire offering, and I got this idea to build a tool to help me narrow down candidates for a target colour.More Like This
Thought I'd share it with anyone who might find this useful
Carving Skulls and StuffMore Like This
CARVING SKULLS & STUFF (11-FEB-08)
This is intended as a continuing project. I'll be adding to it, and editing it for greater clarity, in response to your comments and questions. So if something is left out, or not clear, please let me know. Eventually, this may turn into a proper tutorial, but I'm starting out small, so that people who are asking questions don't have to wait until that possibly distant time. And so people can tell me what they actually need to know.
Goggles -- I don't carve unless I'm wearing some sort of eye protection, usually magnifying goggles (because I'm getting old and can't focus up close anymore), but sometimes non-magnifying ones. Chunks of stuff can fly about, and you don't want them in your eyes.
Respirator or dust mask -- Dust is not good for your lungs, and power carving can produce lots of dust. The dust of bone, antler, and shell is very bad; it can _permanently_ clog parts of your lungs. Many stone and