How to make… embroidered hoop art
Oval wooden embroidery hoop, 5 x 9" Linen, muslin or any other kind of light- coloured fabric Decorative backing fabric ( optional) Pink craft paint Transfer pencil Tracing paper Embroidery thread Embroidery needle Fabric glue Scissors Iron We’ve all felt the fear of pushing our fashion boundaries, so it’s comforting to know that us gals have been facing this problem ( er, nice legwarmers) since prehistoric times. We're spotting dino- themed motifs popping up everywhere at the moment, and this fun embroidery makes a unique art piece for any room in the house.
Once you get the hang of a few basic embroidering techniques, you're away! Use this template as a starting point and go as wild as you like with other dinosaurthemed DIYs. It'd look great customised on a purse.
Paint the hoop in a colour of your choice and leave to dry fully. We used Reeves Tempera ( hot pink) in a matt finish.
Enlarge the template on page 100 and trace the image ( it’s printed reversed- out on purpose) onto tracing paper using a Prym transfer pencil.
Iron the transfer onto your fabric of choice – we used natural linen. Bear in mind that your embroidery lines ( and also the tracing lines) will show up better on a light- coloured fabric.
Secure the fabric in the hoop and backstitch over the pattern in whatever colours you like. We used DMC 838 ( dark brown) for the left- hand dino and the text, DMC 801 ( light brown) for the right- hand dino, and DMC 3805 ( pink) for the legwarmers. Tie off and trim all the loose ends on the back of the fabric. If you’ve still got unsightly marks from the pen on your fabric, just give it a gentle wash with warm water and leave it to dry.
To finish, assemble the hoop and add a decorative backing. Place the inner hoop on a flat surface, place a piece of decorative fabric face down over it ( make sure you have at least 2.5cm ( 1")