The Early Stages of Making
The giant embroidered CV is taking shape nicely. The first few days were spent meticulously measuring, because I’m machining 13 bands on one 3 meter long piece of fabric it is paramount that every line is 180degree straight. If lines start getting crooked, it will all become a mess.
I’ve been using the Multi-needle hoop to help set up the right angles and running masking tape along the fabric to mark the lines, before using taking stitches (in white) to line everything up. I’m machining through 3 layers of fabric (linen on top, vilene in the middle, cotton backing), tacking the lines help keep it all flat, and prevents the layers from bubbling.
Masking tape is great because it means I can mark out lines without interfering too much with my linen. Those blue water soluble pens are great, but on a piece this big and white I’m trying to avoid using them. I have already been warned by my tutor that my biggest task in making will be ensuring my fabric stays brilliant white and doesn’t get dirty. I can draw my line with tape, tack it and then rip the tape off. Nice and clean.