HOW TO MAKE… STITCHED FESTIVE MOTIFS
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.