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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!

Woven Wheel

The woven wheel is used mostly for creating flowers. Depending on how tightly you weave the thread, you can create thick or flat flowers.

This stitch looks daunting at first, but I promise its not difficult at all! It’s really very simple. I especially love using this stitch in my Donut Worry Be Happy pattern. The woven wheel adds the perfect amount of texture to the frosting!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the woven wheel stitch!

I love using the woven wheel, especially in my Donut Worry Be Happy embroidery pattern. While the woven wheel stitch is not meant to resemble flowers in this pattern, it adds something really special to the texture of the frosting!

French Knots

French Knots add so much texture to an embroidery piece. I love using them to fill in a little (or big) area of space or just to add a little flair to an embroidery piece. French knots are also great for simple things like dotting an i when you are stitching words.

Below is a video tutorial for creating french knots!

One of my favorite patterns that uses french knots is the Donut Worry Be Happy embroidery pattern. Not only does this pattern use French knots, but it’s also just cute and punny.

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!

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!

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.

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!