Hello!  This week we are making a super cute embroidery design. The beauty about this project is that you can then sew it using the applique technique explained on week 1 on to any other item: cushion covers, scarfs, shirts, coasters, bags, decorations, etc, etc, etc.
Please note that the Make Along projects are meant to be simple and made with things we have at home. This is not a technical tutorial!

What you need:

– A scrap of cotton or linen (you should be able to count the threads).
– 6 strand embroidery floss (3 or 4 colours), if you don’t have any around you can use a  thickest cotton thread and use it double. Or you can buy some here. You can find embroidery floss in almost every shop.
– Embroidery needle: these have a long and thin eye. If you don’t have any, use your thinest needle with a reasonable long eye.
–  Embroidery transfer paper, pencil.
This is the bit where I have struggled the most .. most of my materials are now packed away ready to move, and these include my transfer paper!. So I have had to try all these tricks to transfer the pattern to my fabric! so if you are brave you can try these too, otherwise just invest in some transfer paper (which may end up being cheaper!): tracing paper OR baking paper OR very glossy/non absorbent paper. Transfer pen OR tailors chalk OR if you cannot get any of these, a thin ball end pen.

2. Print out your design. If you would like to use the same I have used, please let me know and I will send you the pdf. 
Now you have to transfer the design into the fabric. The best way of doing this is by using transfer paper (it is very easy if you follow the instructions), but you can also try these other tricks!!
a. Using tracing paper, trace the design using a very soft carbon pencil. Place the tracing paper on the fabric with the marked design down and with a much harder pencil, scratch the back of the paper so the soft pencil marks are transfered to the fabric. You can also try baking paper (glossy side) or other very glossy and non absorbent paper. Or you can pain the full glossy side with chalk and then trace the design with the paper on the fabric. How much it is transfered it will depend on the fabric .. and a bit of luck.
b. Use fabric transfer pens on tracing paper (or baking paper).
c. If none of the above are working, use a very thin ball end pen (be very careful as this is probably not fabric friendly!!) and make little holes onto the paper so the ink marks the fabric. You just have to be careful with your embroidery stitches so they “hide” these marks. If you are using a dark colour fabric, you can make the little holes first and then throw some flour (or talcum powder) so it goes through the holes to the fabric.

3. Once you have the pattern on your fabric (buf!!) , you can now separate the threads of your embroidery floss. Cut a small (less than 50cm long) thread.

First, using your thumb and index fingers nails, run through the threads so they split. Grab 3 x 3 strands and separate them carefully so they don’t twist. If they start twisting, stop and run your fingers again.

4. Thread your needle (with 3 threads) and start your embroidery tests!! .

A few tricks:

– Do not make a starting knot. Leave a bit of thread at the back of your work and try to secure it with some of your embroidery stitches.
– Take your needle from the back to the front (or wrong to right), secure the thread with your thumb and work the needle as indicated in the diagrams.
– Count the number of fabric threads to make all the stitches equal.
– You chain stitch should be short and round, the stem stitch should not have any separation between stitches.
– To finish, take your needle to the back of the work and make a few stitches around your embroidery stitches, making sure they are not visible from the right side of the fabric. .




5. Now that you have made a few tests, you can start your design. Make sure all your stitches are equal!

6. Finish your work with a running stitch making a square around your pattern.

If you have any questions please send me a comment! If you would like the flower design, please let me know and I will send you the pdf. If you would like to learn more embroidery stitches and make more cute things like this one, come to one of our courses!! www.theoldschoolclub.co.uk


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