Friday, October 21, 2011

12 Weeks of Christmas- Week 2: Embroidery

Hello there! And welcome back to the blog for Week 2 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas! Each week from now until Christmas, I will be sharing with you instructions for a home made Christmas gift that you can make for friends and family.

This week's project is an embroidery/ needlework project. We won't be using the embroidery for a sewing project or quilt, just to use as beautiful, customized wall art!

Here's what you'll need!

  • One fat quarter of fabric (Found at fabric store)
  • One 12" Wooden embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss in a few different colors that contrast with your fabric choice
  • One hand sewing needle with an eye large enough to put your embroidery floss through
  • An air drying Mark B Gone marker ( ALSO from fabric store)- don't use the water soluble one
  • Scissors
  • A little hot glue

This is a really simple, fun project You could totally kick back and watch some TV while you do all of your stitching! Here are my quick instructions:

Step 1: Separate the two loops of your embroidery hoop. Stretch the fabric over the smaller one, then put the larger hoop over that and fasten it as tight as possible. Pull the fabric taut so that it is stretched evenly on all sides.

Step 2: Cut the excess fabric around the loop, leaving about one half inch hanging all around. Hot glue that half inch of fabric to the hoop, on the back where it will not show. This just makes it look nice and neat!

Step 3: Now you will need to decided what you want the picture of your wall art to be. I wanted mine to have the words "Happily Ever After" on it (a cute gift for a couple), so I typed it using Microsoft Word and printed it out. If you'd rather have a picture on yours, Google some coloring pages- those would work GREAT for embroidering!

Step 4: Hold your printed letters/pictures to a lamp or to your window and trace onto your fabric using you Mark Be Gone Pen. Your marks will disappear, so don't worry about any mistakes.

Step 5: Thread your needle and start hand stitching on your lines. Your marks may disappear faster than expected, so try to alternate drawing lines and sewing small portions back and forth.

Everytime I switched threads I tied off the floss in the back of the hoop. That might not be necessary, since no one will be wearing or washing it, but I want it to be as secure as possible.

Step 6: (Optional): I drew some hearts and swirly lines freehand on mine and then stitched those lines in as well. Embellish yours however you like!

Here's the finished project!

I really love the way it looks, but I think the next one I make will have greater contrast in colors.  If you want to see it larger and in more detail, click on the picture!

Wall art is a great gift to make and give, and I think people really enjoy receiving it.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about my instructions!

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