EYE MOTIF COLLAR
Q Black embroidery thread Q Embroidery needle Q Plain collared shirt Q Craft knife Q Cutting board Q Erasable fabric marker
01 Print or copy the template on page 99, scaling it if necessary to fit the collar of your chosen shirt.
02 To create the stencils, use the craft knife and cutting board to cut out the paper templates. Cut around the black lines of the open eye and winking eye and cut away the white parts inside the open eye, as shown.
03 Decide on the placement of the design on the collar, then pin the eye stencils in place. Draw around the stencils with the erasable pen, then remove them from the collar.
04 Using three strands of embroidery thread, thread the needle, knot the end of the thread and insert the needle from back to front from the underside of the collar.
05 Embroider the outline of both of the eyes by filling in the marked areas using vertical satin stitch, as shown.
06 Using the image as a guide, embroider the eyelashes and iris with horizontal satin stitch. Netherlands-based maker Lana is the founder of DIY and lifestyle blog Lana Red Studio. Her aim is to encourage everyone to be creative, and when she’s not behind her sewing machine or camera, you’ll find her cuddling her cats or twirling around in a handmade dress. www.lanaredstudio.com