Here's my first attempt at embroidering a pattern. Are you really surprised at the choice? XD
I used the extra thread I was given at the Anime North panel this year to try out a few trials. First was how much coverage I could get with a skein (the little bundles you can buy at craft stores). Second was time, it took me a day to finish the above... I worked on it between customers at work, and when I got home in the evening. You can tell where I got impatient on the wings and the thread it looser weaved. Third, was how difficult it would be, if I enjoyed it, and whether it was worth the time & patience. In short, I love it~ :) It's relaxing, it's repetitive similar to weaving chainmail, without the sore hands! And though I'm not very good at it yet, I definitely want to continue this hobby.
I'm searching for critique or helpful advice though, there are a lot of things I'm uncertain on, or how to go about doing them. The Triforce has the weave going horizontal, but the bottom layer is one piece, and will raise or catch on things. I was curious if there is a certain rule of thumb on which way the weave should be facing? Both for photography reasons, lighting effects, and look of the overall project.
Edging, it was pretty difficult to keep the outside edge straight, especially with the type of fabric, I'm not sure if it's easier, or more difficult depending? How close the weave has to be also had me curious. The Triforce and bodice area were done first, the legs second and the wings third, I progressively let the weave looser to see how it looks. I heard padded sating stitching helps with hiding the fabric underneath, especially in curved patterns?
Also protecting your project. I was pretty rough with this (shoved it in my bag, and folded it several times), so the thread is a bit fuzzy on the top layer. I guess it's frowned upon to have a messy surface, how do you keep your garment's protected from normal wear & tear?
Any general comments on this trial piece is really appreciated, I want to learn from mistakes, rather than keep making them~ Thanks muchly! :)