Wednesday, October 15, 2008

one strand or two?

A few months ago I made this tiny mermaid embroidery for my friend, Bernadette.  I loved it so much it was very hard for me to give it away.  I used two strands of embroidery thread to make it and, in hindsight, thought that something this tiny would have been better made using just one strand.
Yesterday I used the same pattern in the same tiny size using just one strand of embroidery thread.  It did make it a bit easier to pick out the details and the face looks better, I think, but now that I see them side by side I'm not sure that going with one strand was the best choice.  I think it's lost some of it 'tattoo-ness'.

I'm planning to make one of these for myself but the question is... one strand or two?

p.s. The original pattern I used is by a clever lady called Andrea Zuill and is available (for free!) here.  I did mess about with the design a bit, just to make it fit this shape of frame better.


  1. I vote for one strand. But they both look beautiful!!!! :)

  2. Thank you for commenting, Allie - I was beginning to feel like I was blogging to myself over here! Everyone who commented on flickr has opted for one strand, too. I'm quite surprised but I suppose I should be pleased because I made a different teeny embroidery last night using just one strand. One strand was definitely the right choice for the new one. I'll try to post a picture later :)


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