Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery

For an instant homely feel, you can’t beat a bit of woodgrain. Jeni Grissom from Clover Lane Boutique shows us how embroidery can add a little spark to soft furnishings

Jeni Grissom

It’s a classic romantic gesture – etching your initials or a message of love into wood. Here’s a graffiti-free declaration – a perfect gift for a bride-to-be, wedding or loved one. Stitch the words “I do.” or personalise it by adding names inside the heart.

Turn your woodgrain embroidery into a cute cushion.


You will need:

33 x 33cm (13 x 13″) piece of fabric

Washable fabric pen

Embroidery floss


Embroidery hoop


Step 1.

Step 1. Draw the outline of the tree, the heart and tree knots and then the woodgrain. With woodgrain, inconsistency is the key – it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Step 2.

Step 2. With a few strands of floss, backstitch about 5mm (¼”) from your beginning point. Leave about 5mm (¼”) from the last stitch and come back up through the fabric. Carry on backstitching, making sure your stitches are snug against each other.

Step 3.

Step 3. When you’re getting close to the end of your thread (about 4cm/1.5″), tie it off on the underside of the fabric securely. Rethread and keep stitching.

Make something special from your embroidered fabric piece.

Step 4. When the stitching is complete, rinse the washable pen from the fabric, iron out the wrinkles and you’re done!