DIY embroidery.

Today, I'm sharing all I know about embroidery. Sadly, my knowledge is rather limited. I recently added a little embroidery to my, um, office, and since then, I have completely fallen in love with the embroidery process and end result. So, for what it is worth, here is a little tutorial on DIY embroidery. And p.s., egg cartons make magnificent embroidery floss + needle holders!

For this project you will need a linen-like fabric; a water-soluble marking pencil ( mine marks white ) if your fabric is dark, or a disappearing-ink fabric pen if your fabric is light in color; scissors; a 6" embroidery hoop; your choice of embroidery floss; embroidery needle.

Step One: Trace the outline of the embroidery hoop and draw out your design. I've found that especially for one-word designs, a little ebb and flow goes a long way. For example, make your word move, don't just write it in a straight line. Believe me, it just looks better. I should dig out the picture of one of my first tries at embroidery. It was painful. Pain. Ful. Seriously, people couldn't even tell what word it was. Yes. Go with ebb and flow. ( smile )

Step Two: Place your fabric in the embroidery hoop and make sure that the fabric is drawn tightly across without any sagging.Tie a sustainable knot in the end of your embroidery thread and pull your thread through from back to front.  ( These first few stitches are important, as you are setting the size gage for the stitching.  Keep them evenly sized! ) Once you've pulled your thread through, continue stitching, making sure that each stitch goes right back into the hole that the previous stitch created.
Basically, back-stitching.

Step Three: keep plugging along! You'll be amazed at how quickly it goes! Remember to keep the stitches evenly sized. If one doesn't look correct, pull it out-- better to do it then, than to finish the entire thing and be unhappy with it! ( saying this from experience, wink! )

Step Four: Remember to tie a knot in the end of your thread and trim the excess from the back. Also, trim the extra fabric from around the hoop. You're done! Congratulations! I'd love to hear from any of you that decide to add some embroidery action to your home.

( I made this little "goodness" embroidery for my sister, Barb, who actually is talking about it today over on her blog. And if you don't know my sister, Barb, you really should. She's a cool cat and I love her. )

happy thursdaying............

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  1. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS POST!!!!! I've tried, and failed, so many times! And, now, I think I might just give it another go!

    Thanks, friend! :)

  2. this is beautiful, i've been thinking of taking up embroidery for a while and i might start with your tutorial :)

  3. that is so cute! I KNOW I couldn't attempt that, HOWEVER I did make the DIY paint jars and they turned out great. Then I filled them with water for my plants and well, let's just say I'll be redoing them. =) So you just put the branches in without water, I'm guessing?

  4. Laura-- let me know how it goes! And if you ever want to do a coffee/embroidery date, I'd totally be up for it : )

    Jess-- try it! start with something small-- like a one-word project and go from there. And let me know how it goes for you!

    Kelly-- yay! so glad you did the paint jars. You know, I'm pretty sure that when I took that photograph, I had just a plain glass jar in the middle of all of the painted ones, and the plain glass jar held the greenery. But since then, I too have filled my painted jars with water, and to be honest, I kind of like the half-painted, half- washed off look! haha! Plus, when I really do clean the jars, they'll already be half-done for me! hehe. Try this embroidery-- it's super easy. I'm not lying.

  5. I think you've inspired me to pick up embroidery again. I used to do it quite a lot before college. Haven't in years though! I have always used pre-designed patterns and it seemed a bit intimidating to just launch out on my own, but seeing how you did it with the wash out pens makes it look much easier! (Now if only my handwriting were as nice as yours...)

  6. Loraena,

    I think it is so fun. ( most of the time! )
    I am more than happy to write out something for you : )

  7. I saw this and immediately was inspired! I made my first project this week....and loved, loved, loved it! I'm going to create all the fruits of the Spirit! I think looking at them on my wall might just positively influence me to work on improving their presence in my life! Thanks so much for sharing! I just love your projects and your blog!

  8. Amber,

    I'm so glad that you are happy with your project-- and thank you for letting me know!

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