How to make… An embroidered wall hanging
Linen or cotton fabric for backing, 28 x 43cm (11 x 17") Linen or cotton fabric for stitching, 38 x 43cm (15 x 17") Batting (optional), 28 x 43cm (11 x 17") Pins Rotary blade Ruler Pencil or stylus Transfer paper 15cm (6") embroidery hoop Size 5 embroidery needle Gold thread Thread conditioner Scissors Dressmaker’s chalk 30.5cm (12") dowel Oh starry, starry night – there’s magic in gazing up at the inky skies, watching for shooting stars and spotting constellations. This beautiful wall hanging by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino is inspired by that humbling feeling, as well as drawing on traditional Japanese embroidery and contemporary geometric patterning. The sparkling gold threads and sequins against the indigo fabric give a really dreamy, luxurious finish that’ll add a touch of glamour to any wall.
Metallic thread can be difficult to work with compared to regular floss, so try running it through some beeswax or a thread conditioner such as Thread Heaven if you’re finding stitching tricky.
Layer the template on page 90 over transfer paper (chalky side down) with your stitching fabric on the bottom. Make sure the template is about 2.5cm (1") from the bottom, with extra fabric at the top. Pin in place. Use a stylus or dull pencil and apply pressure
while tracing the pattern. Check your work as you go to ensure it’s transferring, and be sure to transfer the outline of the banner too. Be careful not to touch the transfer too much as it can cause the chalky lines to rub off.
Mount your fabric in a hoop and stitch the pattern in backstitch. Start stitching from the bottom working up. Add sequins by threading them onto the needle and securing in place with a few small straight stitches.
Iron your stitching smooth on the reverse. Using a rotary blade and ruler cut a 1.3cm (½") seam allowance from the sides and bottom, but leave the top. Use the cut embroidery piece as a template to trim the backing fabric and batting. If the lines of your banner are faint, just use dressmakers chalk to redraw them.
Layer backing and stitching right sides ( RS) together with the batting on top. Pin and sew with a 1.3cm (½") seam allowance around sides and bottom. Leave the top open. Trim batting close to seams, and snip corners to about 6mm (¼") with pinking shears.
Trim batting down a bit and turn RS out so your batting is sandwiched between the stitched piece and backing piece. Zigzag stitch along the top to seal closed. Fold over the top of the banner creating a loop for your dowel. Iron and pin. Backstitch to secure the loop and hide knots in between the two layers of fabric.
Thread your dowel, add some string, and hang your creation in your favourite corner.
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