HOW TO MAKE… A SWAN HOOP
Light blue linen, 26cm x 12cm (10¼ x 4¾") Light grey linen 26cm x 20cm (10¼ x 77/ Matching sewing thread Embroidery thread in black, light blue, silver, green, light green, orange, pink and white White felt, 15 x 15cm (6x 6") Wooden embroidery hoop, 18cm (71/ Fine silver glitter Iron-on interfacing Water-soluble fabric marker ’Tis the season for all things sparkly, and we’ve found the prettiest excuse to get out your metallic threads and glitter.
Filled with intricate details, this magical scene uses a combination of appliqué and embroidery to create a fairytale-worthy design. And, from the starry night sky to the majestic swan’s tiny crown, you’ll be indulging your inner child with each sparkly stitch.
Use three strands of thread for the embroidery, unless stated otherwise, and turn to page 98 to find instructions for each stitch.
Place the blue and grey fabric with right sides (RS) together, aligning one long edge. Sew along the edge, using a 1cm ( seam allowance. Open out and press, then position with the grey linen at the top. Using the stitch guide on page 98, trace the background design detail – the lilies, reeds, stars, moon and swan crown – onto the linen, aligning the base of the reeds with the join in the fabrics.
Using the templates on page 98, trace the swan body and wing onto the paper side of the interfacing. Press onto white felt and cut out.
Following the stitch guide, draw the stitching detail onto the swan. Press the swan body onto the background fabric, positioning it over the join of the linen, as shown, then press on the wing.
Place the fabric into the hoop, keeping the design central. Using all six strands of orange thread and
satin stitch, embroider the swan’s beak. Using four strands of black thread and satin stitch, embroider the top of the beak and the eye.
Use two strands of silver thread and stem stitch to outline the crown. Fill in the crown with more vertical rows of stem stitch.
Following the stitch guide, add detail to the swan’s wing and neck in two strands of silver thread.
Embroider the water lily flowers in pink satin stitch, and the leaves in green stem stitch. Use two strands of light pink thread and single stitches to add the flower centres.
Work the reed stems in green backstitch and the reed heads in light green satin stitch.
Embroider the moon in silver running stitch. Create the stars by working cross stitches in silver thread, then adding white cross stitches on top at an angle. Work white French knots for snowflakes.
To create a sense of movement in the water, sew single straight stitches below the swan using light blue thread. Remove the fabric from the hoop and press.
Apply glue to the front and side edges of the embroidery hoop and shake the glitter over it. Leave to dry, then repeat to add a second layer. Leave to dry again, then place the fabric back into the hoop.
Trim the fabric at the back so it measures 3cm (1 "). Sew gathering stitch around the edge of the fabric, pull tight, then knot to secure. Cut a circle of white felt, slightly smaller than the hoop, and stick to the back to cover the gathered fabric.