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bittieshop

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Date: 3/27/13 9:32 PM

I am thinking of trying to embroider on burlap to make bookmarks. I love the look of the burlap with the frayed edges, and some good heavy stabilizer, which I'm sure it would need, would only enhance the function of a bookmark. Google turned up several interesting articles, but I would love to hear about anyone's personal experience if you've ever tried this, tips for success, pitfalls to avoid, etc.

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Date: 3/29/13 1:21 PM

Have not done it, but if wanting to make a bookmark of it, and wanting it to hold together later on use and not unravel and fall apart too much, too quick, this is what I would try first.

Stick good strong thick leave in place forever stabilizer in hoop. Or at lest some other matching color to it firmly woven fabric. Spray that with embroidery glue. Press down a piece of that very loose woven and raveling burlap on top of it, embroider what ever you want onto it. Take all out of hoop. Now draw you outside book mark shape over it. Cut out on drawn line, through burlap and leave in forever stabilizer, or other fabric. Now flip to back side and trim down just the stabilizer even more, past the point where you want the fringe all around. Now set whole thing on top of another matching piece of loose burlap, and sew, straight stitch or even better small zig zag in from the end of embroidered piece, through to the separate back loose piece of it, at the depth you want your self fringe. Now trim that back piece to match front one, and pull out the cross threads, and you got "self fringe" on it, that probably will remain for a while and never ravel away. You could try that.

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