Layer up em­broi­dery and ap­pliqué to make Jenny Blair’s fuzzy sloth friend

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Com­bine ap­pliqué with em­broi­dery to stitch this sleepy rain­for­est champ


26 x 26cm (10 x 10 ") mint cot­ton fab­ric

26 x 26cm (10 x 10 ") white cot­ton fab­ric

100% wool felt in mot­tled grey, white, dark grey and blush pink

Em­broi­dery thread (we used DMC stranded cot­ton in B5200 (white), 414 (dark grey), 955 (light green), 911 (dark green), 963 (light pink), 3708 (dark pink), 3824 (apri­cot), 3078 (yel­low))

Iron-on in­ter­fac­ing Erasable fab­ric marker

Em­broi­dery hoop

Em­broi­dery nee­dle

This lit­tle guy is liv­ing his best rain­for­est life, hang­ing out and snooz­ing, so we’re nab­bing a leaf from his slow liv­ing book and tak­ing our sweet time to stitch him.

Yep, a sleepy, smil­ing sloth is al­ways a win­ner, but it’s the savvy use of wool felt that’s got us truly sold on this beau­ti­fully de­tailed hoop. It adds touchy-feely tex­ture, mak­ing the sloth all kinds of fuzzy, and al­lows you to fill large ar­eas full of solid colour with­out hav­ing to satin stitch for days.

Use three strands of em­broi­dery thread through­out, and turn to page 97 for a handy stitch guide.

01 Us­ing the tem­plate on page 97, mark the pat­tern for the flower bor­der and the vine onto the mint fab­ric with the fab­ric marker.

02 Us­ing the tem­plates on page 97, trace the sloth body, face and eye pieces onto the pa­per side of the iron-on in­ter­fac­ing. Iron the body piece onto the mot­tled grey felt, the face piece onto the white felt and the eye pieces onto the dark grey felt, then cut the pieces out.

03 Re­move the back­ing from the felt pieces, then po­si­tion them in place on the mint fab­ric us­ing the im­age as a guide. Iron the pieces in place, then use the fab­ric marker

and the pat­tern on page 97 to mark on the sloth body de­tails.

04 Lay the mint fab­ric right side (RS) up on top of the white fab­ric and place both pieces in­side the em­broi­dery hoop. The white layer will brighten the mint shade and hide any dark threads at the back. Em­broi­der the eyes us­ing white thread and straight stitch.

05 Us­ing dark grey thread, em­broi­der the nose with satin stitch and the mouth with straight stitch, as shown.

06 Em­broi­der the arm and leg creases with dark grey thread and back­stitch, then use dark grey thread and straight stitch for the claws. Use white thread and French knots to add the dots, and white thread and fly stitch to em­broi­der the chevron de­tails, as shown.

07 Us­ing the tem­plates on page 97, trace two of each flower shape onto the pa­per side of the iron-on in­ter­fac­ing. Iron them onto the blush pink felt, then cut them out.

08 Iron the felt flow­ers in place on the mint fab­ric, re­fer­ring to the im­age as a guide. Us­ing apri­cot thread, chain stitch around the outer edge of the large flow­ers.

09 Us­ing dark pink thread and the im­age as a guide, cre­ate a sta­men ef­fect on the two large felt flow­ers with French knots and straight stitch, then fill the bot­tom sec­tion with satin stitch. Us­ing dark green thread, add the stems of the flow­ers with straight stitch and fill the leaves with fish­bone stitch.

10 Us­ing dark pink thread, chain stitch around the outer edge of the re­main­ing bor­der flow­ers, then fill them in with light pink thread and satin stitch. Use apri­cot thread to cre­ate sta­mens with French knots and straight stitch, then fill the bot­tom sec­tions with satin stitch.

11 Add straight stitches in dark pink thread on top of the small­est

bor­der flow­ers to com­plete them, us­ing the pat­tern as a guide.

12 For the vine, use dark green thread, and be­gin by stitch­ing along the length in back­stitch to cre­ate one row. Stitch an­other row of back­stitch di­rectly next to the first row, aim­ing to stag­ger the stitches slightly so a brick-like ef­fect is cre­ated as shown. Re­peat this for sev­eral rows un­til the area is filled. Us­ing light green thread, back­stitch the stems of the creep­ing leaves and flow­ers over the top of the dark green vine.

13 To fin­ish the vine, use light green thread and satin stitch to cre­ate the base of the flow­ers, and dark pink and straight stitch to add the felt flower de­tails. Add three French knots in yel­low thread along­side the vine, re­fer­ring to the im­age for place­ment.

14 For the rest of the bor­der de­tails, fol­low­ing the stitch guide pat­tern on page 97, em­broi­der the sug­gested leaves and stems in back­stitch us­ing light green thread. Fill one half of the leaf with back­stitch in the same brick-like style as the vine in Step 12, and add a straight stitch down the mid­dle in dark green thread.

15 To com­plete the em­broi­dery, add the re­main­ing leaves us­ing fish­bone stitch in dark green thread. Add the lazy daisy flow­ers in yel­low thread and the French knots in dark pink thread.

16 To fin­ish, trim the fab­ric into a cir­cle roughly 2cm ( ") larger than the hoop. Sew run­ning stitch around the edge of the fab­ric and then pull the thread tight to gather it. Knot the thread to se­cure.

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