I thought I would try multi-hooping in machine embroidery.
But I didn’t start with a simple design that might require 2 hoopings. No. Not me.
I didn’t even start with a design (as recommended by Amanda from Bernina) with 3 hoopings. Nope.
My design requires 14 separate hoopings. What could go wrong?
The effect is lovely. But the design is upwards of 157,000 stitches and measures about 2 ft. by 2 1/2 ft.
The SHOW ME turned out to be the most critical part of the design. It displays a map of every hooping, in relation to every other hooping.
I am only 7 hoopings into this.
Needless to say, after about 2 hoopings I was about to abandon the whole project. The registration marks were pulling out. Nothing was lining up properly. But after about the third hooping I began to get better at facing the challenge.
I relied more on the precise positioning on the machine to help me line things up.
I got good at keeping the software open and showing the view of the hooping that I was stitching (was this number 6 or number 7??) Anyway, at this point I managed to get the second half of the tree stitched…not yet shown in the pic below, and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
This pic is obviously a work in progress and I don’t have a final to show you yet. I am planning on adding some coordinating fabric and quilting before I am finished. But at least you can see where it’s headed.
Remember, its about a 2 ft. x 2 1/2 ft. design when completed. It hasn’t been pressed in about 3 hoopings. But I think I can make it work. What a learning opportunity this has been!
Stay calm and keep stitching. Amen to that.
I’ll share when it’s done.