Today I am happy to share a guest post from Clare
You can download the templates for 2 colourful Easter embroidery hoops and follow the instructions below to make your very own. So settle down, pop the kettle on and get crafty!
Materials needed (for both versions)
- 15cm (6”) embroidery hoop
- 20cm x 20cm piece of white linen fabric (pre-washed and ironed)
- Pattern transfer paper/pen
- Embroidery thread – I used DMC 211, 3689, 745, 775 and 3041
- White thread for stitching the back of your hoop
- Paint for your hoop (optional)
Version 1 (text only)
Trace the design and carefully transfer it onto the fabric, checking that the design is in the middle. Place it into the hoop so it is ready to stitch.
Decide which colours you would like to use for each section of the letters, and thread your needle with three strands of the first colour. Bring the needle up through the back of the fabric to the side of the first letter, and make a stitch by pushing it through the other side, keeping it nice and straight.
Make another stitch, leaving a little gap between the first. Keep repeating and filling in the gaps – this will make your satin stitch really neat.
Repeat with the other colours until all of the letters have been filled in.
If you’d like to paint your hoop for an extra pop of colour, you’ll need to do it now! Depending on how you transferred your design, you may also need to wash your fabric now too. When it has dried, iron around the edges of the fabric (do not iron over the embroidery) and then place it in the hoop. Trim the edges of the fabric so that you have about an inch or so around the edge of the back.
I always leave the back of my hoop open so that you can see the stitching – you can cover yours up if you prefer! To secure it, thread a needle with enough white thread to go around the hoop. Make a long running stitch, and keep stitching all the way around so that the fabric gathers. Pull it nice and tight, tie a knot and trim the ends. Ta-dah! Your hoop is ready to display.
Version 2 (small text with flowers)
Trace the design and carefully transfer it onto the fabric,
Choose which colour you would like to use for the text – I used the dark purple. Thread a needle with three strands of the thread. Bring the needle up through the line of the first letter h, pushing it through to make a small stitch.
Bring the needle back through the fabric a bit further along, to make another stitch the same size. Then push the needle back through right where the first stitch ended so that they join up. Repeat all the way around each letter.
When all the text is stitched, you can stitch the lazy daisy flowers.
Thread a needle with three strands of your chosen colour. Bring the needle up through the centre of the flower, make a big loop and push the needle back through right next to where it came up. Don’t pull the thread through completely – you’ll need to bring the needle up through the fabric where you want the top of the petal to be and catch the
Secure the top of the loop with a very small stitch – don’t pull too tightly or it will go out of shape.
Repeat with the other petals and secure at the back. Stitch the rest of the flowers in different colours.
Finish the back as shown in the first version. Then your hoop is ready to display!
I hope you love these hoops as much as I do; I know what I will be doing to relax this Easter weekend! Be sure to head over to Clare’s blog where I have