Stem Stitch

The stem stitch is perfect for creating vines and stems, hence the name! I also love to use it for lettering when I want the letters to really look blended.

This stitch is another simple embroidery stitch that is important for all level of embroidery artists to learn and know.

Below is a video tutorial for creating the stem stitch!

If you are wanting to practice the stem stitch, I’d Spend Nine Lives With You is a great pattern for you! This pattern uses SIMPLE embroidery stitches that is perfect for beginners and is fun for intermediate and advanced embroiderers.

Back Stitch

The back stitch is one of the simplest embroidery stitches. It is used for outlining shapes, lettering, and creating solid lines.

This is the first stitch I ever learned. I used to embroider every pattern with just the back stitch. Needless to say, I have come a long way, but this is the perfect place to start!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the back stitch!

For practice with the back stitch, the Squeeze the Day embroidery pattern is a great place to start!

How to Frame Your Embroidery in a Picture Frame

Don’t get me wrong, I love framing my embroidery in the hoop it was created in. There is something special about the idea of framing it in the very thing you made it in… and it’s trendy 🙂 However, I have to say that sometimes framing your embroidery in an actual picture frame really gives it that special touch.

One of my favorite embroideries I like seeing in a picture frame is the “It Is Well With My Soul” pattern. I love how the frame perfectly fits around the daisies and words. If you love this pattern as much as me, it is also available as an embroidery kit.

Framing your embroidery in a frame may seem a bit tricky at first, but with just a few supplies, you will be able to do it in no time!

You will need:

  • picture frame
  • masking tape
  • scotch tape
  • scissors
  • pen/pencil (something to mark your fabric)

This video tutorial will teach you every step you need to follow to frame your embroidery in a picture frame. *The frame in this video tutorial is from Hobby Lobby.

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy

There’s nothing worse than not being able to transfer your embroidery pattern. Sometimes you can’t see through the fabric to trace and other times the pattern is so intricate, tracing feels next to impossible!

Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy is the best solution I have found!

My love for Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy began when I started stitching embroidered photographs. I love seeing a photograph come to life in another art form. It’s my favorite way to capture my most cherished memories.

I have made several embroidered photographs and I even offer embroidery kits to make your very own embroidered photograph! I have discovered the easiest way to get the pattern onto my fabric without losing any of the important little details is by using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy. This stuff is magical! Your Custom Embroidered Photograph Kit will come with your pattern printed onto this magical Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

You can send a sheet of Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy through your printer and get your design printed right onto it! Then you just peel off the back and stick it onto your fabric!

How to Use sulky sticky fabri-solvy

1. Choose your pattern.

2. Print your pattern onto the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

3. Peel off the release sheet and stick your pattern onto your fabric where you want your design to be. The best part is, if you happen to place your pattern in a spot you don’t like, you can always peel it off and stick it in a new spot!

4. Grab an embroidery hoop and place your fabric in it. TIP: Don’t pull the fabric too tight in your hoop, or the fabric will bunch when you take it out. Keep the tension of your fabric the same as the tension of the Fabri-Solvy.

5. Stitch your design! Keep in mind that the Sticky Fabri-Solvy is in fact sticky, so it is normal to have a sticky residue on your needle. This can seem annoying, but I assure you it will be worth it! Sticky Fabri-Solvy is the easiest way to get an intricate design onto fabric. Especially when using dark fabric!

It’s so easy to use! Just stitch through both layers: The Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy and your fabric.

6. When you are done, take your design out of your embroidery hoop and run the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy under warm water for 1 – 2 minutes., or until the Fabri-Solvy is completely dissolved.

7. Place the embroidery between two towels and press down on the embroidery to remove excess water. Then, lay flat to dry completely.

This is a video tutorial that will show you how to completely remove the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

For more detailed instructions, grab a Custom Embroidered Photograph Kit from me. Your kit will come with everything you need to embroider your favorite photograph including your pattern printed onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy, instructions with pictures and video tutorials, fabric, thread, needles, an 8 inch hoop, and felt to back your embroidery hoop.

Free Embroidery Pattern: Pot of Gold

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! How cute is this little rainbow with the pot of gold at the end?! I whipped up this little pattern the other day and thought I would share it with you for FREE!

I love the bright happy colors in this little hoop. I made it in a 6 inch embroidery hoop, but you can enlarge or shrink the pattern to fit any size!

Step 1: Download your pattern!

Step 2: Transfer your pattern

Print your pattern and transfer it onto your fabric. Use this link for help transferring your pattern.

Step 3: Gather your materials

You will need:

  • your Thread Unraveled pattern
  • fabric (I like to use white linen fabric)
  • 6 inch embroidery hoop
  • DMC thread skeins: #321, #742, #943, #383, #310, #729
  • scissors
  • needle

Step 4: Stitch the design

Rainbow ArchesTo create each arch of the rain bow, use a large chain stitch.
Red row: use 12 strands of the red thread (DMC 321)
Yellow row: use 12 strands of the yellow thread (DMC 742)
Green row: use 12 strands of the green thread (DMC 943)
Purple row: use 12 strands of the purple thread (DMC 3834)
Black PotUse 6 strands of black thread (DMC 310) to outline the pot of gold with a back stitch.
Gold CoinsUse 6 strands of the gold thread (DMC 729) to create the gold coins with french knots.
CloverUse 6 strands of the green thread (DMC 943) to create the clover with a satin stitch.

Step 5: Frame your embroidery

I love framing my embroidery in the hoop I made it in. I love seeing the finished product all neat and tidy in its’ hoop. I’ve done some experimenting for framing embroidery in a hoop and the method I feel looks most professional and doesn’t put your embroidery at risk with things like hot glue is the FELT METHOD. And the best part is it’s EASY! Here’s how to do it in just 5 simple steps!

I hope you enjoy this free embroidery pattern! Share your creations on social media with #threadunraveled.

If you thought this was fun, click here for more embroidery patterns!

How You Should Be Threading Your Needle

There are 3 reasons you should use this method for threading your needle!

  1. Your needle will NEVER come unthreaded!
  2. Your embroidery art will LOOK better!
  3. It is EASIER to pull through your fabric! Especially when you are using all 6 strands of the thread.

Lets start with the first reason! How many times have you been sewing with a needle and thread, and it comes unthreaded… again and again and again! This used to happen to me ALL THE TIME!!!! I got so frustrated with always having to re-thread my needle, but I finally got it down. Now I NEVER have to thread my needle because I accidentally pulled the needle too quickly and the thread came out. Here’s how!!

Let me start by explaining that a strand of thread is actually made up of 6 separate strands. So the strand can be separated into fewer strands if you want thinner lines for embroidery.

When I know I want to use all 6 strands of the thread for embroidery, I actually SPLIT MY THREAD so I have 3 strands and I thread my needle with those 3 strands. Then, I pull the needle down the thread half way and FOLD THE THREAD IN HALF, making 6 strands. I knot the thread at the bottom, tying all 6 strands together. Now I have a threaded needle and I KNOW my needle isn’t going to get unthreaded. Here is a video tutorial for how to do this.

The second reason this method is great is because it makes your embroidery work LOOK BETTER! I hate when I can see each individual strand of thread I’ve sewn, especially when I’m embroidering my favorite daisy pattern. By splitting my thread, it lays nicely on the fabric and blends together more easily because the strands have been separated. I am not as easily able to see each individual strand.

The third reason will SAVE you! Do your fingers ever hurt and ache after embroidering because you have had to work so hard to pull the thread through the fabric? I often like to use all 6 strands of thread in my embroidery, and if I thread my needle the “normal” way, this means I am pulling 12 strands of thread through the fabric (since its folded over). This KILLS my fingers. By threading your needle using my method, you won’t have to pull as many strands through the fabric for every single stitch.

7 SIMPLE EMBROIDERY STITCHES

There are so many embroidery stitches you can learn, but it’s important to start with the basics. Once you have a handle on these 7 simple embroidery stitches, you will be ready to embroidery almost any pattern!

This video tutorial will teach you how to embroider the following stitches!

Back Stitch

Split Stitch

Chain Stitch

Stem Stitch

French Knots

Satin Stitch

Lazy Daisy Stitch

How to Embroider 101

Embroidery is not as difficult as you may think. You’ll get it down in no time! And, with a bit of practice, you may find that embroidery is the perfect way to relax after a crazy, busy day. My favorite way to unwind is Netflix and embroidery.

This post includes everything you need to begin embroidery, and a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Keep reading to learn how to begin!!

If you are nervous about beginning embroidery, I have a few patterns and kits that I HIGHLY recommend for beginning embroidery artists. These patterns/kits come with instructions for what stitches to use, how to create each stitch, and the color thread you will need. So if you are needing somewhere to start, check out the patterns and all-inclusive kits available.

Beginner Embroidery Patterns and Kits:

Wild Sunflowers
Wild Daisies
Donut Worry Be Happy
I’d Spend All Nine Lives With You
Squeeze the Day
Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

1.MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

embroidery hoop – an embroidery hoop has two rings. You put the fabric between the hoops and keep it pulled tight. They come in several sizes, so you can get the size that works for the embroidery piece you are creating.

fabric – you can use any fabric you want to. My favorite fabric to use is linen and linen blends. I like it because it stretches and doesn’t “pucker.”

small, sharp scissors – really, any scissors will work, but embroidery scissors are cute and they get the job done!

embroidery floss – I love DMC embroidery floss, but there are many other cheaper brands you can use as well. I prefer DMC because the color doesn’t bleed onto my fabric.

embroidery needle – there are sever sizes you can buy, depending on the thickness of your thread. I usually work with a size 7 needle and it works with all thread sizes I use.

water soluble marker – this will be used to trace your design onto your fabric

2. HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR PATTERN

Follow these steps in my Instagram post for how to transfer your design onto your fabric. Follow @threadunraveled.stitches on Instagram for more tips and tricks on embroidery.

3. STITCH YOUR DESIGN

In this video tutorial, I will teach you 7 simple stitches: the back stitch, split stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, french knot, and lazy daisy stitch. This free embroidery pattern will allow you to practice many of these simple stitches. Once you have mastered these stitches you will be able to create your own art.

4. HOW TO BACK YOUR EMBROIDERY HOOP

My favorite way to finish off an embroidery hoop is with felt on the back. There are many other methods, but this is the method I have found to be the most professional looking and safe for the embroidery art I created. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to back your embroidery hoop with felt.

How to Back an Embroidery Hoop with Felt

There are so many ways you can back an embroidery hoop and some of them are great and some of them are, well, sketchy. I’ve done some experimenting and the method I feel looks most professional and doesn’t put your embroidery at risk with things like hot glue is the FELT METHOD. And the best part is it’s EASY! Here’s how to do it in just 5 simple steps!

*VIDEO TUTORIAL at the bottom of this post!

Step 1: Trim around your hoop so that your fabric is in a circle and pull the fabric tight so that it is firm in the embroidery hoop.

Step 2: Do a running stitch around the hoop and then pull the thread tight. This will cinch all your fabric together. Tie a knot to secure the fabric.

Step 3: Trace your hoop onto the felt and cut it out. You will have to trim it down a little so that it matches the size of your inner hoop.

Step 4: Place the felt on the back of your hoop and do a whip stitch around the hoop. Grab both layers (your embroidered fabric and the felt so they are being attached to each other) and go all the way around your hoop.

Step 5: Tie off the thread with a knot to secure the the felt.

Here’s a video tutorial for how I have followed these 5 simple steps to back an embroidery hoop with felt!

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