I had seen this type of embroidery done on fabrics in various craft shops. I had no idea this was the name of this type of embroidering on fabric.
I have seen Candlewicking embroidery on various fabrics other than muslin. These patterns using Candlewicking embroidery are unique in there look and feel over traditional embroidery.
I have made several embroidered items in my life, but never a candlewicking embroidery piece. In some of the pieces made, the colonial knot was used for the eyes and centers of flowers.
I have seen this type of embroidery on wedding books, clothes, pillows, and table runners in stores. These patterns are done by machine rather than by hand.
What is Candlewicking?
Candlewicking is the art of using embroidery stitches and colonial knots to make a design on fabric. Candlewicking is traditionally done using unbleached muslin fabric with ecru thread or embroidery floss.
What are the materials needed for Candlewicking?
The materials needed for traditional Candlewicking are:
~ Unbleached Muslin
~ Large Embroidery Needle
~ Ecru Embroidery, Pearlized or Candlewicking Thread
~ Embroidery Hoop
~ Washable Marker
~ Lighted Surface
~ Candlewicking Patterns
The unbleached muslin was used before other types of fabric for this type of embroidering because it was, and still is, cheaper than dyed or printed fabrics.
The large embroidery needle will need to have an eye large enough for 4 strands of Candlewicking thread, if you can find it or for 6 to 12 strands of embroidery thread.
The Ecru colored thread was used traditionally when making an embroidery piece with this method.
The embroidery hoop will be used to keep the fabric taught while making the colonial knots.
The washable marker is used for marking the pattern onto the muslin fabric with the use of the lighted surface, such as light-box or overhead projector.
Candlewicking patterns can be found online for free. Candlewicking pattern books can be bought at Amazon.com.
Even though these are the traditional materials needed for Candlewicking, other fabrics and colors of threads can be used for a craft project. I would suggest when buying the fabric it is heavy enough yet light enough to see through for tracing your patterns onto the fabric. If by chance you can see through the fabric while using a lighted surface, tracing paper for quilting can be used instead.
Connie G. Barwick; Basic Candlewicking Embroidery; About.com