We use recipes when we bake and cook, why not when we embroider?
Often, machine embroidery projects are accomplished by following guidelines and learning by trial and error. We’ve all been there. Certain combinations of stabilizers, fabrics, and threads produce stunning results, but who can remember all of these things? That is where an embroidery journal comes in handy.
It doesn’t require anything exotic or costly. Use a notebook, binder, or even index cards. Whatever works best for you.
Here are a few of the things to include in your embroidery journal:
I like to record the thread colors that I use for each color stop of the design that I am stitching. That makes it easy for me to repeat the embroidery or tweak the colors for the next stitchout. When I created the kitchen boa project, I went with an entirely different color palette than Wing Needle Butterflies. It was a bit of an experiment and important that I knew the colors that I substituted.
Sometimes, a photo is all that you need. It is especially useful when you are stitching designs using a particular fabric line.
Wing Needle Butterflies included a beautiful heirloom background. I loved how the neutral thread that I used gave the background fabric an almost watercolor effect.
Design Editing Notes
I used Rainbow Orange GlitterFlex for the carrot. As Bunny Buddies 3 also used Rainbow Orange, I decided to change the color scheme of the rabbit to Rainbow Cotton Candy, so the design colors were adjusted accordingly.
Including notes allows you to replicate the project. With Bonnie’s Christmas Cookies designs, I added a back to my Cookies for Santa project, making them freestanding applique cookies. Including a note in my embroidery journal ensures that I will remember what I did when I do that project next time.
How do you keep track of your project details?