I recently took up embroidering after taking a Make & Mingle workshop through Crafted with Stef of Needle and Pine. I am now officially addicted. I love the fabrics, the numerous colours of threads to choose from, the creative possiblities and most importantly, it’s a craft that I can do while watching tv. I find embroidering so relaxing! Today I’ve made up a really simple embroidery project. It includes a simple template and you only have to use the back stitch to create it. Have some fun with it! Choose some fun patterned fabric, colourful thread and get crafty!
6″ Embroidery Hoop
Patterned fabric (the lighter the better)
Embroidery thread in a complimentary colour. Black is always a good way to go.
Water Soluble Pen (regular pen will work in a pinch but it will be permanent)
Needle threader (optional but will make your life so much easier!)
Print out this “Get Crafty” Template and tape it to your window. Cut a piece of fabric roughly 9″ x 9″. Place the fabric over the template and tape it to the window. Using a Water Soluble Pen trace the words “Get Crafty” onto the fabric.
Place your fabric over the inner part of the embroidery hoop as centred as possible. Place the outer hoop over top and twist the screw to tighten the hoop. From the back of the hoop gently pull the excess fabric going around the hoop. This will make your fabric nice and tight within the hoop.
Cut a piece of embroidery thread roughly 14″ long. Using your needle threader, or a steady hand, thread your needle and then tie a knot at the opposite end of the thread.
From the back of the hoop come up through the fabric with your needle just in from the end of the letter.
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the very end of the letter.
Pull your thread tight again and come back up through the fabric just in front of the last stitch you made.
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the point where your last stitch started.
Repeat this process along the line until you’ve finished the whole letter.
Keep working through your project one letter at a time. I would suggest going left to right but it’s up to you.
As you get to the end of your pieces of thread just tie them off on the back side of your hoop. Grab a new piece of thread and keep going.
Done! You can cut off the excess fabric from around the hoop leaving roughly an inch and then secure it to the back of the hoop with glue. Or you can add a piece of felt to the back with glue to hide the excess fabric. There are many options for cleaning up the back.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Now go Get Crafty!
Lindy is a stationery designer and runs her Etsy shop, craftedbylindy, out of her home studio in Calgary, Alberta. You an also find Lindy writing lifestyle posts on her blog and sharing her every day on Instagram.