How to make… em­broi­dered hoop art

Mollie Makes - - Living Home Tour -

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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")

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