It’s been years since I picked up a needle to embroider. I fell right back into the zone. I’m an impatient crafter, but embroidery is very relaxing. Think of it as a moving meditation. If you’ve never embroidered, it’s easy to start on a pre-printed graphic fabric like this one. That allows you to decide how much or how little you want to embroider and still have a beautiful piece of art you can hang on your walls. A heavy cotton fabric works best for this. I used an outdoor cotton.
You’ll learn four basic stitches in this tutorial. Once you master these, you can embroider all sorts of things! Kitchen towels, jean jackets, shirt collars, pillow cases…you’ll be looking for things to embellish!
A few tips:
Use a shorter length of thread, too long and you may end up with issues.
If you make an accidental knot, your thread gets tangled, or you aren’t happy with a stitch, just cut and pull it out.
Double knot your thread ends so they don’t slip through the fabric.
You will need (These are affiliate links, if you click on a link and make a purchase we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we keep our craft closet stocked!)
Wood Framed Embroidery Hoop
Printed Outdoor Cotton Fabric (We found ours at JoAnn Fabrics)
Coordinating Embroidery Thread (You can grab the fabric colors on the key on the edge of the fabric and use that to match the thread colors)
Step one: Find the area of the fabric you want to embroider. Place interior hoop underneath and larger hoop on top. Stretch fabric and secure with screw on top of hoop.
Step two: Cut off excess fabric leaving enough excess so you can move the hoop to embroider the edges and tighten the fabric as you work.
Step three: I made the dashes with a simple straight stitch. Put a double knot on the end of the thread, and thread it through the needle eye. I find licking it makes it easier. Yes, I like my thread. I’m kooky like that! Needle up through and down back into the fabric, easy.
Step four: This is a split stitch, great for borders. Knot thread end, needle up through and down back into the fabric, Needle back up through fabric and center of the previous stitch. Needle back into fabric to create next stitch, keep stitches even. You can see how it looks finished around the leaves.
Step five: Fill in larger areas with a satin stitch. Knot thread end, needle up through fabric, work across area, needle back down. These are packed side by side to make a solid embroidered area. You can see a finished example here. I did a more free form version of this stitch on the orange areas, which were paint strokes in the fabric.
Step six: This is my version of a French knot. It is not the proper way to do this, but it’s easy and it looks fine. Knot thread end, needle up through fabric, begin to tie thread into a knot. Slide knot down flush to top of fabric with your finger tip, be sure to keep the knot open.
Step seven: Pull knot, pressing down on top with your fingertip. Needle goes back in right next to the first hole. These look great in clusters. You can see that in the next photo.
Step eight: Once you finish your piece, remove the top part of the hoop and add a thin bead of glue to the edge, then press it back town and tighten, stretching your fabric until it’s super tight. Once glue dries, cut off excess fabric flush to back of hoop.
Step nine: Hang and enjoy your beautiful creation!
Isn’t this texture yummy?
I can’t wait to make more!
This past Sunday I shared this project and an un-boxing with Plaid Crafts on Facebook Live. I go into more detail about the stitches and have lots of tips and tricks.
If you make your own Easy Embroidered Wall Art, we’d love to see it! You can share it on Facebook, or leave a comment with a link here. Come back soon, we’ve got all sorts of crafty fun scheduled for the summer months.