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Stitch Along

Because of the craziness going on and everyone being stuck in their homes, I am going to be doing a #STITCHALONG with this new pattern! Grab this pattern, or a kit if you don’t have the materials, and come stitch with me!

Think of it as a little embroidery class you can take from home. It will be every day, March 30 – April 3, at 5 pm MDT.

Here’s how it works: Every day for a week, we will work on this pattern together. We will go step-by-step, from start to finish! By the end of the week, you will have stitched this entire hoop!

I will be doing an instagram live every day and those who are available can jump on and stitch with me. If you can’t make it to the live session, I will save the videos on my highlights each day and you can stitch with me when it’s convenient for you!

My hope is that this STITCH ALONG will allow you to feel like you’re taking a fun embroidery class, but in the comfort of your own home because #socialdistancing.

Make sure you’re giving yourself a break each day so you can stay sane and relax 🌿

Embroidery for Kids

I have so many patterns for adults, it dawned on me that kids would also love to embroider. Especially when everyone is stuck inside all day because of Corona Virus.

So… say hello to my newest product! 👋🏻 Embroidery kits for KIDS – a KIDDIE KIT as my husband likes to call them 🌿

This kit comes with:

  • pre-traced fabric
  • 4-inch embroidery hoop
  • thread
  • a large embroidery needle (to help kids thread their own needle)
  • step-by-step instructions with minimal words and lots of pictures!

My favorite part about this kit is after your child is done stitching, you can erase the pattern marks with the heat from a blow dryer! It’s magical!! 🙌🏻

The pattern is sweet and simple and is perfect for children wanting to learn a new craft! Recommended for ages 7+

Free Halloween Embroidery Pattern

I love doing seasonal embroidery patterns that I can offer my followers for FREE! This pattern is perfect for the Fall season!

This pattern is beginner friendly and would be super fun to do yourself, or with kids at home!

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS

To create this hoop, you will need:

  • your Thread Unraveled pattern
  • black embroidery thread (DMC 310)
  • needle
  • white fabric (I like to use linen blends)
  • 5 inch embroidery hoop for the web
  • 3 inch embroidery hoop for the spider
  • felt (for the back of the hoop)
  • scissors

STEP 2: DOWNLOAD YOUR PATTERN

STEP 3: TRANSFER YOUR DESIGN

Start by printing your pattern and tracing it onto your pieces of fabric. Trace the web onto fabric that will fit in your 5-inch embroidery hoop. Trace the spider onto fabric that will fit in your 3-inch embroidery hoop. I like to use a water-soluble marker to trace my pattern. You can also use a #2 pencil or whatever else you have found that works for you!

You can also visit this blog post for for help transferring your pattern.

STEP 4: STITCH YOUR DESIGN

Once your patterns are transferred onto your fabrics, you are ready to begin stitching your designs!

SPIDER WEB: To create the WEB, use 4 strands of the black thread (DMC 310). Use long back stitches to go over each line of the web.

SPIDERS: To create the spiders in the web, use 3 strands of the black thread (DMC 310). For the circle part, use a woven wheel stitch. For the legs, use a back stitch.

LARGE SPIDER: To stitch the large spider use 12 strands of the black thread (DMC 310). For the circle part of the spiders, use a woven wheel stitch. For the legs, use a back stitch.

STEP 5: FRAME YOUR EMBROIDERY

I love framing this design in the actual hoop because I love how the circular web and spider fits perfectly in the round frame. To finish off the embroidery hoops and make them look neat and tidy on the back, I like to back the hoop with felt. This way, it preserves the embroidery and looks great on the front and back!

If you enjoyed this pattern, you can also check out other embroidery patterns and kitsI have available!

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 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!