Well I think I'm going to be a much happier camper at 10pm tonight then last night. It's been a pretty productive day and I even had time to snap a few pics while finishing up this tester gnome. I've been getting lots of questions lately about how to embroider the face on an already stuffed head. You know, with no knot. Here's how I do it.
I insert the needle in the face a few inches from where I want to start embroidering and bring it up at the starting point leaving a tail at the entry point.
then I send the last stitch a few inches away from the end and up through the face. I snip the ends at the surface, smush them down inside the face and rub the fabric to blend away the needle holes.
Hope that makes sense!
see you tomorrow :)
**updated to add: no, no knot my way and no, I haven't had any problems but yes, it's not as secure as knotted methods. read through the comments for other great tips including much more secure sounding methods, especially the neat bend the rules sewing way. gotta try that!