DIY Embroidery

Ah, yeah! It’s finally here: a new DIY project post! I know, it’s being posted late in the evening and is a little on the shorter side, but it’s here!

Now, I’m not all that familiar with embroidery terms, and I don’t know the basic stitches. I’ve been practicing my French knot, and like working with the chain stitch, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

Alrighty, let’s get to it!

Materials Used:

Embroidery Fabric

Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery Needle

DMC Embroidery Transfer Pen

Embroidery Floss, colors assorted

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Felt

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Not Pictured:

Hot Glue Gun

Felt

How To:

Step 1: Take apart the embroidery hoop and unravel the embroidery fabric. Place the outer ring of the embroidery hoop on a flat work surface, set aside.

Place the smaller ring on the work flat surface. Take the embroidery fabric and place it over the small ring. Take the large ring and fit over the smaller, fabric covered ring. Tighten the outer ring until snug as you pull the fabric taught. Cut away some of the excess fabric, but make sure there’s still enough to fold over the hoop; you’re going to glue it down later.

Step 2: Take the transfer pen and draw a design. I drew three cacti in a pot with leaves at the border.

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Side Note: The cool thing about the transfer pen is you can erase the markings with a damp warm cloth. But a warning: when it dries, there might be a bloom of pale blue. All you have to do is apply the damp cloth a few more times.

 Step 3: Thread the needle. Tie a knot at the bottom of the thread. Insert the needle through the underside of the fabric and pull through the top. Stitch along your design!

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Step 4: Trace a circle the size of the embroidery hoop on the thread. Cut out the circle. Hot glue the felt to the back of the embroidery fabric. Glue down the excess sides of the fabric.

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And just like that, you have first finished piece of embroidery hoop art!

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to embroidery? Please share in the comments below!

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