HOW TO TIE OFF THE BACK OF YOUR EMBROIDERY

This video tutorial will teach you how to tie off the back of your embroidery so that the thread does not come loose.

This method works for tying off the back of your embroidered HOOP. I also like to use this method when embroidering on CLOTHING. It is a safe way to secure your beautiful stitches.

Follow these steps:

First, take your needle under a stitch you’ve already created, allowing a loop to form.

Then pull your needle through the loop you created and pull tight.

Do this twice to create your knot.

That’s it! See the video tutorial for additional help!

Food Pun Embroidery Patterns

I love puns! Don’t we all love them? I mean, they’re punny, cheesy, and they just make you smile.

So… story time! Why did I create these? I originally made the Donut Worry Be Happy hoop just for fun and because who doesn’t love donuts?! This hoop became very popular, very fast. I hand-embroidered so many hoops with this design for so many customers, pretty soon I couldn’t keep up with the demand! So, I decided to turn it into a pattern so others could make this hoop for themselves!

And so the story continues… I wanted to do something more. Because the donut design was such a hit, I wanted to come up with a series of hoops that could go along with this donut pattern. So what did I do?? I did what every girl does when they need help – I called my mom!

My mom really wanted something she could hang in her kitchen as decor, so we came up with the idea of creating a series of food puns – the perfect kitchen decor and a great conversation starter for visitors.

I wanted to be sure that the hoops I created would be perfect for all levels of embroidery artists, beginners and advanced embroiderers alike, so I made to sure design patterns that would be simple, but cute and punny for everyone to enjoy.

On my quest to create simple, cute, and punny hoops, I created my second food pun hoop: the Squeeze the Day pattern. I love this pattern. I especially love embroidering the actual lemon! The texture is my favorite!

The third food pun hoop I created was a challenge to come up with. After consulting with my instagram followers, I decided to create a cherry pun design. The I Cherryish You pattern is also perfect for beginners. I love the cherries in this pattern. The texture is amazing and they are VERY satisfying to stitch!

Each of these pattern are available for purchase as individual patterns, but you can also purchase a bundle of all 3 patterns for a discounted price. YOU’RE WELCOME 🙂

I love seeing what others create using my designs! Tag @threadunraveled on social media and use the hashtag #threadunraveled so I can see what you create!

Wild Daisies Embroidery Pattern

I have always loved daisies. When I was little, my mom, sisters, and I would frequently watch the movie “You’ve Got Mail” together. Because of that movie, I decided from a young age that daisies are my favorite flower. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you’re missing out and you need to watch “You’ve Got Mail” ASAP.

Because of my love for daisies, I created this Wild Daisies pattern. It was one of my very first patterns I ever made and I immediately fell in love with it. And apparently many of you have fallen in love with it too! This pattern is by far my most popular embroidery pattern.

Perfect for beginners and advanced embroiderers alike, this digital embroidery pattern takes you through everything you need to know to create this embroidery.

The Wild Daisies Embroidery Pattern includes:

PDF pattern (comes in black and white so it can be easily traced)
-pattern instructions (including what stitches to use, thread colors, and pictures to help you along the way)
-stitching guide (pictures and explanations for how to create the stitches needed for this pattern)
-video tutorials (links to videos that explain how to create specific stitches and back your hoop)

Note for BEGINNERS: If you are a true beginner to embroidery, your digital pattern also comes with a “Beginner’s Embroidery Guide” that will teach you all about your materials, how to transfer your pattern onto fabric and place the fabric in your hoop, how to thread your needle, and how to begin stitching your design. So yes, beginners can complete this design. 🙂

This pattern is sized for a 6-inch hoop, but you could enlarge or shrink it to fit any size hoop you wish. And please, feel free to use any color scheme you want with this pattern! Let your imagination carry you! 🙂

Lazy Daisy Stitch

The lazy daisy stitch is often used for flowers, Specifically daisy-type flowers, hence its name. It can also be used to create leaves and other petal-like shapes.

I find that I use this stitch a lot. Once you know how to do it, you probably will too!

Below is a video tutorial for embroidering the lazy daisy stitch!

Some of my favorite patterns that use the lazy daisy stitch are the Home Is Where Your Mom Is embroidery pattern and Good Vibes Only embroidery pattern!

Satin Stitch

The satin stitch is used to fill in shapes. I love this stitch because it looks smooth and soft. I love how the thread all blends together and creates a silky texture.

I use the satin stitch in basically all of my embroidery patterns, it’s just THAT good!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the satin stitch!

These are some of my favorite patterns that use the satin stitch!

Home Is Where Your Mom Is
Wild Daisies
Good Vibes Only

Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is so fun! I love using this stitch to stitch lettering, outline shapes, and I even like to use it to fill in shapes!

I hadn’t ever thought of using this stitch to fill in shapes until I was working on the Christmas Ornaments Embroidery Pattern, but I ended up LOVING it!! Now I use it all the time.

Below is a tutorial for the chain stitch!

The Christmas Ornaments and the I’d Spend All Nine Lives With You are two fun embroidery patterns that will allow you to practice the chain stitch. Enjoy!

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 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!