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I want to get in to silk shading to allow me to complete a present for my boyfriend. Is there anything you can recommend to help a total newbie to get into it? The piece I want to do is fairly complex, to mirror a piece I did in bobbin lace a few years ago. I thought it might be a good idea to try some easier pieces first, but have no idea where to start!

Any help would be appreciated :)

You could try starting with a shape like a leaf or a teardrop. Choose a colour with several tones from light to dark, and start by outlining the shape in a mid colour in split stitch or back stitch. Then start with either the light or the darkest colour and stitch long and short stitches, stitching over the edging stitch and making your stitches along the grain of the fabric.

When you've stitched right across the shape in one colour, choose the next shade and stitch another layer, coming up in the end of the previous row and going down further into the shape. Make your stitches random lengths, so no two stitches are the same start and end point.

Your aim is to reach the other end of the shape with the last colour in your set! Try this out and let me know how you get on.

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Ok, thank you so much for the guidance. I see you advertise courses on here, are there any chance of a silk shading one coming up to let me try, I am a total novice of hand embroidery and a little nervous. Otherwise are there any good guides you could recommend?

No immediate plans for a silk shading course, but I will probably be doing something later in the Spring. I will keep you in mind and let you know when!

The RSN book on silk shading is a good starting point. I'll check out some others and post reviews as I get a chance.

Hi, Cathy. I'm no expert on these things. My brother is my IT guru: he set all this up for me. The site is hosted by 1-2-1, if that's any help.

Good luck!
Alison Liz Larkin