Here is a post I did over at Sugar Bee Crafts a few weeks ago.
I have this hanging in my baby’s room, and I just love love love it. Hope you do too!
Today’s project is a simple portrait with a felt flowers accent.
Before we get started I wanted to say something about the embroidery in this project–I often have people comment that they like a project, but wouldn’t dare attempt it because they are intimidated by the hand-stitching.
I too am often intimidated by some embroidery, but this project is not challenging in the least.
It employs the most basic stitch–the backstitch–which is literally just stitching in a straight line. Here’s a nice video tutorial for embroidering with a backstitch.
If you own a needle, you can complete this project!
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the how-to.
- Embroidery Hoop (I buy mine second hand, oftentimes with other projects inside, and recycle them)
- Cream-colored linen fabric (mine is a thrifted napkin)
- Quilting pen with disappearing ink
- Dark Brown Embroidery Thread
- Various Colors of Felt
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Take linen and a quilting pen. Sketch your portrait. I free-handed mine, but it is also easy to trace an image on fabric. Just bring it up on your computer, tape your fabric to your computer screen, and trace!
Step 2: Using three threads, Stitch the bold outline of your portrait. Use the backstitch for this step.
Step 3: Once again using the backstitch, but only one thread this time, stitch the detailed lines in your portrait. For this step, I added details to her hair.
Step 4: Create your felt flowers. A tutorial for creating the pink roses can be found here, and a tutorial for the yellow followers here. The purple flowers are simply a flat shape.
Step 5: Pull out the hot glue gun. First, glue leaves to the back of the flowers. Then when satisfied with your arrangement, glue down the flowers.
Step 6: Finally, trim the excess material from around the embroidery hoop.