Turkey Stitch

The turkey stitch is such a fun looking stitch! It is fluffy and and really pops off your fabric!

Creating this stitch requires, creating loops, tacking them down, and then trimming the loops. You can create long fringe stitches or short, depedning on how much trimming you do.

This stitch is so fun because it feels like you are giving your embroidery art a haircut!

One of my favorite embroidery patterns that uses the Turkey Stitch is my Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland” embroidery pattern. The yellow fringe in this flower gives it an extra flair that is beautiful.

One of my favorite embroidery patterns that uses the Turkey Stitch is my Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland” embroidery pattern. The yellow fringe in this flower gives it an extra flair that is beautiful.

Below is a video tutorial for creating the turkey stitch!

Poppies Kiddie Kit

The Poppies Kiddie Kit is a perfect embroidery kit for young stitchers to learn embroidery!

The Poppies Kiddie Kit is a perfect embroidery kit for young stitchers to learn embroidery!

This kiddie kit teaches children the very basics of embroidery. The pattern come with lots of pictures, minimal words, and a step-by-step video tutorial.

Included in the kit is:

  • Pre-traced fabric
  • 4-inch embroidery hoop
  • large needle (for easy threading and holding for little hands)
  • thread
  • instructions including pictures and a Stitch-Along VIDEO TUTORIAL for children to learn how to begin embroidering with their kit

Here is the video tutorial that will teach young stitchers how to thread their needle, tie a knot, and stitch.

For more Kiddie Kits, visit my Etsy shop!

DIY Embroidered Clothing

Do you have a t-shirt you just wish you could spruce up, but don’t know how!?

Or may you have an old sweater that needs some new life!?

I love using embroidery to make a t-shirt or sweater come to life! Adding a little pop of color or some simple flowers can give any item of clothing some new life!

Anyone can embroider clothing! It may look intimidating and you may have a bunch of questions to help you get started! I’M HERE FOR YOU!!

One embroidered t-shirt I absolutely love is my “Pocket Full of Daisies” shirt! It started out as a plain grey pocket t-shirt and now it’s my favorite item in my closet!

Whenever i post a picture of embroidered clothing on my Instagram, I get SO MANY DMs. Messages range from “Wow! I love this shirt!” to “Wow! Tell me ALL your secrets! I want to make this too!”

This is why I created a PDF embroidery pattern that would allow others to create their very own “Pocket Full of Daisies” shirt.

This pattern teaches you EVERYTHING you need to know to create your own embroidered t-shirt! You will be able to create the “Pocket Full of Daisies” shirt, but you will also be able to use all my tips and tricks to help you embroider any piece of clothing. The pattern answers questions like:

  • Should I use a stabilizer?
  • How do i keep my shirt from puckering and stretching?
  • How do i transfer my pattern onto my shirt?
  • How do I secure the thread onto the back of the shirt?
  • Tips for working with stretchy fabric?
  • How do i wash my hand-embroidered clothing?

So yes, YOU CAN DO IT!! You can embroider your own clothing! Follow the instructions in this pattern and you will be able to embroider ANY t-shirt, sweater, etc!

Transferring an Embroidery Pattern

Embroidering is fun and relaxing, but before you can begin, you need to get the pattern onto your fabric. There are different methods you can use to transfer your embroidery pattern, but I am going to explain the simplest way: TRACING.

The following steps will teach you how to transfer your pattern onto your fabric, or you can skip to the video tutorial.

Begin by placing your pattern face-down onto your fabric and tape it down so that the pattern does not move.

Use a light-table or tape your pattern/fabric to a window and trace your design with a water-soluble marker. If you have an iPad, you can also use the app Trace Table.

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.

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.