HOW TO MAKE… STITCHED FES­TIVE MO­TIFS

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Linen fab­ric Erasable fab­ric marker or wa­ter sol­u­ble sta­b­liser Em­broi­dery thread Em­broi­dery hoop Ta­pes­try nee­dle Quick and easy craft projects re­ally float our boat, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas time, when there’s a whole lot of mak­ing to get done.

Mini em­broi­dery mo­tifs like th­ese can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a good gift and a mem­o­rable gift. Think pretty hoops, per­son­alised nap­kins, keyrings – keep­sakes your pals are go­ing to want to hang on to.

Trace your cho­sen pat­tern (or pat­terns) onto the fab­ric us­ing a marker. Al­ter­na­tively, trace them onto the sta­biliser, re­move the back­ing and stick it onto the fab­ric.

Sep­a­rate the two pieces of the hoop, then lay the fab­ric over the in­ner hoop with the de­sign in the cen­tre. Loosen the screw on the outer hoop, place over the fab­ric and in­ner hoop, then tighten the screw. The tauter the fab­ric, the eas­ier it’ll be to em­broi­der.

Em­broi­der the de­signs us­ing the stitch guide above and your cho­sen thread colours.

Once fin­ished, re­move the fab­ric from the hoop. Ei­ther fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions to re­move the marker pen, or soak to re­move the sta­biliser. Liz Stiglets Liz is an artist, il­lus­tra­tor and mama of two, with a fo­cus on mod­ern em­broi­dery. She de­scribes her work as hav­ing a nos­tal­gic feel and a mod­ern aes­thetic, and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one she meets to slow down, get cosy and get crafty.

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