Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Waffle Weave

Fabrics 101:
Embroidering on Waffle Weave

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.


Waffle weave fabric is commonly used in most households, especially for kitchen towels, shirts, and long underwear. It's a fabulous choice for embroidery -- learn our top tips and tricks for stitching on the dips and dimples found in this fabric.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Waffle weave fabric
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer for topping

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- L3851, Folk Art Bird in Bloom
- F7267, Help Wanted
- A4676, Cappuccino
- H9551, Tweet Snowflakes 2

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on waffle weave fabric.


Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Begin by washing and drying the waffle weave fabric or item to get any shrinkage out of the way.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Waffle weave is soft and stretchy, so use a medium-weight (2.5 or 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer on the back.

Cutaway stabilizer is a non-stretch foundation that supports the fabric well, ensuring that all of the stitches in the design land neatly and evenly.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
The material has dips and dimples, too.

Use a light-weight water-soluble stabilizer on top.

This helps to keep the stitches from sinking into the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Hoop all three layers -- cutaway stabilizer, waffle weave, and topping -- together.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Use a size 11 or 75/11 needle when embroidering on waffle weave fabrics. An embroidery needle is a fine choice.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
After embroidering, tear the water-soluble stabilizer away from the top.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Cut the excess stabilizer away from the back. I generally leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
When choosing designs for waffle weave, keep the dips and dimples in mind. Choose designs with medium complexity, or greater.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Avoid designs that are light, such as Redwork. Those running stitches can get lost in the dips and dimples of the fabric.

In this example, the bird and the snowflake show up great. But the line that is connecting the two is not as noticeable as it would be on a flat fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Compare that with this coffee design which has fills and satin stitches.

Those types of stitches are bold and hearty, and they  show up very well on waffle weave fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
The thick fills and satin stitches on this Folk Art Bird in Bloom design is a great example of the type of design that works well on waffle weave.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Update towels, apparel, linens, and more by embroidering on waffle weave. The fabric adds interesting texture while the design brings personality and style to the project.

Embroidering on Waffle Weave



This project is featured on the Embroidery Library Pinterest page.

Pin it yourself using the "Pin It" button on this page.



Stitching tips for waffle weave:
 

Needle 75/11 sharp needle; an embroidery needle may also be used
Stabilizer Cutaway (2.5 ounce)
Topping Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer
Design Choice Choose designs with medium to high complexity. Avoid designs with running stitches, as those tend to get lost in the dips and dimples of the waffle weave.
   


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.
Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Waffle Weave

Fabrics 101:
Embroidering on Waffle Weave

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.


Waffle weave fabric is commonly used in most households, especially for kitchen towels, shirts, and long underwear. It's a fabulous choice for embroidery -- learn our top tips and tricks for stitching on the dips and dimples found in this fabric.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Waffle weave fabric
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer for topping

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- L3851, Folk Art Bird in Bloom
- F7267, Help Wanted
- A4676, Cappuccino
- H9551, Tweet Snowflakes 2

Free video with instructions on how to embroider on waffle weave fabric.


Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Begin by washing and drying the waffle weave fabric or item to get any shrinkage out of the way.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Waffle weave is soft and stretchy, so use a medium-weight (2.5 or 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer on the back.

Cutaway stabilizer is a non-stretch foundation that supports the fabric well, ensuring that all of the stitches in the design land neatly and evenly.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
The material has dips and dimples, too.

Use a light-weight water-soluble stabilizer on top.

This helps to keep the stitches from sinking into the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Hoop all three layers -- cutaway stabilizer, waffle weave, and topping -- together.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Use a size 11 or 75/11 needle when embroidering on waffle weave fabrics. An embroidery needle is a fine choice.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
After embroidering, tear the water-soluble stabilizer away from the top.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Cut the excess stabilizer away from the back. I generally leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
When choosing designs for waffle weave, keep the dips and dimples in mind. Choose designs with medium complexity, or greater.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Avoid designs that are light, such as Redwork. Those running stitches can get lost in the dips and dimples of the fabric.

In this example, the bird and the snowflake show up great. But the line that is connecting the two is not as noticeable as it would be on a flat fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Compare that with this coffee design which has fills and satin stitches.

Those types of stitches are bold and hearty, and they  show up very well on waffle weave fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
The thick fills and satin stitches on this Folk Art Bird in Bloom design is a great example of the type of design that works well on waffle weave.

Free project instructions to embroider on waffle weave fabric.
Update towels, apparel, linens, and more by embroidering on waffle weave. The fabric adds interesting texture while the design brings personality and style to the project.

Embroidering on Waffle Weave

This project is featured on the Embroidery Library Pinterest page.

Pin it yourself using the "Pin It" button on this page.



Stitching tips for waffle weave:
 

Needle 75/11 sharp needle; an embroidery needle may also be used
Stabilizer Cutaway (2.5 ounce)
Topping Lightweight water-soluble stabilizer
Design Choice Choose designs with medium to high complexity. Avoid designs with running stitches, as those tend to get lost in the dips and dimples of the waffle weave.
   


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.
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