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by jmk73 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:35 pm

Hello! I was very excited to find this forum. I'm always working on 5 or so projects at once so it takes years to get anything finished, but I still enjoy it. One is giving me a bit of trouble because it's black on black stitching. I even purchased a magnifier light that works for stitching all other colors on black, but it's still too hard to see when using black thread. Does anyone have any suggestions? I hate to scrap the project after all of the work I've already put into it. Plus I really like the picture. It's a black lab dog and looks just like my own :)
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Re: New to forum and a question

by rcperryls » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:00 pm

:wave: Hello and welcome to the forum from South Carolina! I'm glad that you found us! You will soon see that quite a few of us have several WIPs ongoing, and more than a few with UFOs. We also have many that work on one project at a time. Some like big projects (I tend to be in that group) and others prefer smaller ones, and others like a variety.

I don't stitch on black or dark fabrics and have always had a problem with them, but some of our members do. I have heard that keeping a white cloth or towel on your lap while you stitch helps in finding where the needle should go. Depending on were the black thread goes, could you leave that part of the fabric blank (background for example).

I hope that you will post pictures of your project(s). We love pictures! Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Re: New to forum and a question

by daisymay » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:19 pm

Hello & welcome :D

I do not sew on dark colours either but am of the same opinion as Carole about having something white on your lap to help you see. Or, is there anyway you can have a light underneath. I have seen light boxes mentioned but have never used one so don't know much about them. Perhaps some of the forum members use one & are able to give you more information on the subject.

Look forward to seeing what you are making.
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Re: New to forum and a question

by richardandtracy » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:29 pm

I have done several projects on black fabric. I chose black fabric to save me a lot of work. I didn't stitch over the black areas at all. This is my 'Honeymoon Portrait' on black, without stitching over the black:
It saved 56000 stitches.

My suggestion is that you don't stitch black on black. For the reason you have found, there is almost no difference between the fabric and thread. Behind glass, the difference is impossible to see.


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Re: New to forum and a question

by Allyn » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:01 pm

I agree. Stitching black on black is even worse than stitching white on white. Richard had a solution that I've used before -- don't stitch the black and then use a black acid-free mount board when you frame it so you don't see the unstitched 'holes'.

I stitched this on black. The design called for black fabric and it called for the black area to be unstitched.
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If you must stitch the black thread, I'd suggest a really bright, daylight-quality light. Also, if you put a light under the fabric -- like put a small desk lamp on the floor between your feet -- it'll help you see the empty 'holes' which might help you see what's been stitched and what hasn't been stitched yet.

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Re: New to forum and a question

by Squirrel » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:07 am

:wave: Hi and Welcome to the Forum, its great that you have joined us.

I never stitch of anything darker than pale browns and I really wonder if your stitched picture is going to show up against the black background. Maybe if you find a way to position it as it would be on the wall etc and stand back it will give you an idea of how clearly your beloved dog's picture will show up. Just a thought anyway.
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Re: New to forum and a question

by Serinde » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:35 am

I concur with all that's been said.

I am currently stitching a piece that has half cross in both white and light china blue on an ice blue background. It's almost impossible to see when stitching, but if I look at the piece from an angle it's very effective. The only time I stitched black on black, it was actually black on dark charcoal in a stained-glass window design. Again, very effective, and not as bad as you might think to stitch. Black on black? How will you see the lovely labrador at all??
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Re: New to forum and a question

by Lulu22 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:01 am

Hello and welcome :wave:
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