- embroidered artwork,
Make Sure your hands are clean, as even a small bit of dirt will stop your stitching looking its best!
Embroidery hoop, six-inch
Thread, two colours
Cut a piece of cotton to the size of an A4 page. Place the carbon paper on top, blue side down. Now place the early bird pattern over this. Draw over the pattern with a pencil. Be sure to lean hard so the carbon will print onto your cotton.
Separate your embroidery hoop into two rings. Place the larger ring on top of the cotton and the smaller ring behind, push the rings together, making sure the cotton is taut, and tighten the rings as needed. You’ll know it’s tight enough by tapping it in the middle; if it makes a sound like a drum you are ready to go!
Cut the excess fabric, leaving approximately two inches all around. Trim 20cm lengths of your chosen thread, then split the strands; there are six in every length, and you’ll need two to stitch with, so separate each length into three. Knot the end of a twostrand length and thread your needle.
You’ll be using two stitches for the design: back stitch and satin stitch. Back stitch is a line of continuous even stitches. The needle is brought forward behind the work twice the length of the stitch each time, causing you to stitch backwards, as seen in the photo. Satin stitch is a row of parallel stitches worked beside each other to create a smooth finish, they can get gradually shorter or longer depending on what shape you are creating. Be careful not to leave gaps and your stitches shouldn’t be too long.
Using the online stitch guide, start with back stitch, as this will be your outline. Once this is completed, move onto satin stitch – think of it as colouring in with thread.
When you are finished sewing, it’s time to tidy up the loose threads at the back of your design. Tie knots in the ends and cut off the excess; it doesn’t have to be perfect, just tidy enough so that threads cannot be seen from the front.
Fold the trim of fabric to the back of the frame, then tack long stitches through the trim the whole way around and tie the ends together. This will keep the trim tidy. You need to keep the trim so you can pull the design tight if it gets loose in the frame.
Use a lint remover or sticky tape to remove dust and stray fluff from your piece, then hang up your hand-crafted piece of art or give it as a gift to someone special!