I’ve been working on a set of embroidery patterns that I hope to sell soon and thought I’d test the waters first with a freebie. It’s just perfect for November, don’t you think? A beautiful reminder.
Time has been scarce (everything takes so much longer than you ever think it will!!) and so I have been unable to stitch this up. But, I thought I’d better just share it or it would never happen.
You’ll need: pre-washed, light-colored fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, floss and either transfer paper or transfer pen or pencil.
To transfer (2 options):
1)Place printed pattern right-side up with fabric on top, trace firmly over design with transfer pen or pencil. May need light source like a light box or window.
2) Lay transfer paper (chalk side down) onto fabric. Place printed pattern right-side-up on top and trace lines with ballpoint pen pressing firmly so that chalk transfers to fabric.
Embroidery: Use half strand of floss (3 strands out of 6) for best results. Use any colors you like, but I can see this in cranberry red, rich orange, golden yellow, woodsy green, chocolatey brown and teal. Use the following links for basic stitches (I use the back stitch for most of my embroidery, sometimes with a few fancy stitches thrown in):
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery (see side bar)
Basic Embroidery Stitches
Basics to Embroidery(video)
Uses: Maybe for a tote bag, decorative pillow front, wall hanging, dishcloth, quilt square, apron or maybe even a t-shirt. Skies the limit!