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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

{create} woodland inspired


tutorial by Sheryl Grant of Sweet Calico | photography by Kate Rybalka of harlow handmade

Create a gorgeous embroidery hoop artwork with this fun free-motion embroidery project.

you will need...
+ bamboo embroidery hoop
+ heavy duty calico
+ blue cotton fabric
+ heat 'n' bond (or similar iron on fabric adhesive)
+ tearaway stabiliser
+ black thread
+ tracing paper
+ HB pencil
+ sewing machine
+ darning foot
+ iron and ironing board
+ hot glue gun

getting started...
+ Cut the heavy duty calico approximately 5cm larger than the hoop.
+ Apply the heat 'n' bond to the wrong side of the blue cotton fabric.
+ Cut the stabiliser slightly larger than the image.



1. Trace the outline of the image using a HB pencil on tracing paper.
2. Turn the tracing paper over and transfer the image onto the back of the fabric (heat 'n' bond paper side) tracing over the pencil marks.
3. Cut the shape out and peel the paper backing off.
4. Iron the shape onto the calico.
5&6. Place the stabiliser under the calico. With the darning foor in the machine and the feed dogs down, slowly move the calico to stitch around the deer head shape, close to the edge of the blue fabric. I like to go around a couple of times. Iron again to get out all the creases.
7. Place the calico in the hoop frame and make sure the image is straight and centered. Tighten the frame, pulling the fabric taut as you go.
8. Trim the calico back to 1cm around the back of the frame. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the excess fabric to the frame.
9. Finished!

hang and admire your work!

This tutorial first appeared in issue 16 of tickle the imagination magazine.

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