As you have probably noticed over the past month or two, I have practically burned up my sewing machine’s motor with projects recently.
I decided it was time to transition to something that didn’t include fabric or needles or a pattern… wait a minute.
Ok, so embroidery has some of the same components as sewing, but it has been a welcome reprieve from sitting hunched over a sewing machine, stitching fabric together.
I downloaded this adorable pattern for the nursery and decided to make little animal portraits to frame and hang on the wall.
I opted for a satin stitch instead of a traditional outlining stitch (like a split or back stitch). Here is a tutorial on how to do a satin stitch.
The project ended up coming out very well (for my first larger satin stitch endeavor). I had a few false starts (as in, I had to throw out and restart the fox three times – THREE times), but eventually got the kinks worked out. I would recommend outlining your work in a braided thread for a nice finished touch.
Don’t know how to embroider? Any pattern you pick up will include a quick lesson how to embroider and you’ll discover it’s incredibly easy.
Once finished, I used 8×10 frames and mats with a 5×7 opening. Frames and mats are from Michael’s.