Bought your copy of Mollie Makes 79 in Waitrose? Dream of the night skies with this extra free kit in three starry designs – we’ve even included a pretty display hoop!
You will need:
• Your free stitch kit inside Mollie Makes 79 (only available to readers who bought the magazine from Waitrose)
• Transfer paper
• Fabric glue
• Paint brush
• Templates for your embroidery pattern
Make an embroidered hoop
Iron the fabric smooth. Layer transfer paper face down over your fabric (we like Saral transfer paper in blue). Place the pattern on top of the two layers and tape or pin in place. Using a dull pencil or stylus, trace over the pattern. Check your work before removing the pattern to make sure all the lines have transferred and are dark enough.
Use 2-3 strands of floss and this stitch guide to embroider your patterns:
Lines Running stitch
Dots French knots
French knots can be tricky at first, but are great for texture once you get the hang of them. Come up through the fabric and create a few inches of tension on your thread using your hoop holding hand. Place your needle on top of the thread and wrap around it twice. Place your needle into the fabric next to the hole you came up through (but not directly in it or it’ll pop through). Slide the thread down to meet the fabric so it resembles a neat knot around the needle. Push the needle through while holding the tension with your hoop holding hand. Pull through smoothly.
Backstitch is great for text because it creates smooth, continuous lines. Come up through the fabric, make a forward stitch and pull through. Come up a stitch length ahead of your last stitch and then go back down into the end of the last stitch to make one continuous line.
Running stitch is simple – it’s basically dashed lines, but the outcome is graphic and adds a lot of texture. To make the running stitch, come up through the fabric and gather a few stitches onto your needle by picking up a few pinches of fabric and pulling through.
Once you’ve finished stitching you can frame your piece in your hoop. Cut the excess fabric to about 1cm (½”) on the reverse side of the hoop. Cut into 2.5cm (1″) tabs. Paint fabric glue on the tabs and adhere to the back of the embroidery hoops. Hang and admire your work.
Jessica Marquez is the maker behind Miniature Rhino and the author of Stitched Gifts. Born in California, home from home is now Brooklyn, NY. www.miniaturerhino.com
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