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