Mrs Perkins' horns and other small parts can be tricky to turn and I often hear of people having piles of frayed horns after attempting again and again to turn the little fiddly pieces. I actually find it quite easy to turn the horns with just the use of a wooden skewer, but this has come with practice and re-use. This trick that I am about to show you is fool proof and so quick, some of you will give big sighs of relief, I am sure!
Firstly, the sewing foundations need to be right to get the desired result. With all small and fiddly bits you would be sewing on the traced line as this gives you much greater control as you work with a larger piece of fabric. We recommend that you always use a small stitch of 1 - 1.5 when sewing any parts that are to be stuffed. It is also a big help to always use polyester thread for softies due to the added strength. Cotton thread will break easily and may not be able to handle the strain of firm stuffing.
Here is my mini tutorial for ladder stitching something onto your softie. I am using Rudy as a demo but of course this is applicable for any attachments such as arms, saddles, etc.
I thought the next mini tutorial could show you all how to ladder stitch a turning/stuffing hole closed to give a smooth and neat finish. I will also do a second part to this tutorial showing you how to also use ladder stitch to attach the antlers.
From time to time I have people asking technique questions about my stitching. People want to know how my satin stitch circles were so circular and neat.
So here is a little guide to how I do my satin stitching! Some of this is personal taste, some of this is proper technique, but hopefully something in here will help you.
For starters I like to use 2 strands of floss as much as possible. Of course in some of my patterns it may call for 1 thread or 3 threads at times, but my preference is to use 2. I find that this is the easiest way to work to achieve a neat finish, less tangles and generally a better stitching experience. The second starter tip is to use a good quality embroidery floss. I have not tried every floss on the market but my definite preference is the Comso threads by Lecien.
In my travels I have found that there are quite a few people out there who have never been taught the correct way to satin stitch, and are therefore never achieving the desired result. It is very important to do this in the right way to get that neat and raised look. I think the second step may be what a lot of people are missing.
First you mark the shape that you want to satin stitch. In this case I have drawn a very rough circle.