HOW TO MAKE… A LEMON EM­BROI­DERY HOOP

Mollie Makes - - Postcard From Italy -

MATERIALS

30 x 30cm (117/ x 117/ 8") 8 grey linen fab­ric Em­broi­dery thread (we used DMC stranded cot­ton in 3852 (mus­tard yel­low), 3051 (dark green), 743 (yel­low), 3346 (green), 898 (brown) and 580 (bright green) Sewing thread (we used DMC sewing ma­chine thread size 50 in 801 (brown) and B5200 (white) Em­broi­dery nee­dle 18cm (71/ 8") em­broi­dery hoop Craft glue Whether you’ve es­caped to the Med this sum­mer or not, recre­ate your own lit­tle cor­ner of lemon grove sun­shine with the power of stitch. The botan­i­cal em­broi­dery re­ally sings out against the dark grey linen back­ground and def­i­nitely has more than a hint of the Amalfi coast about it.

And, it’s also trig­gered our lat­est ob­ses­sion – the idea of a stitched hol­i­day scrap­book wall, filled with em­broi­dery hoops or sam­pler de­signs based on all the best bits of lat­est get­aways.

In­struc­tions

Use all six strands of em­broi­dery thread through­out, and turn to page 98 to find in­struc­tions for each of the stitches used.

Us­ing the tem­plate on page 98, trace the pat­tern onto the linen fab­ric, then se­cure the fab­ric in the em­broi­dery hoop.

Us­ing mus­tard yel­low thread and straight stitch, em­broi­der and fill the plant pots, pay­ing close at­ten­tion so you don’t stitch over any of the leaf out­lines.

With a com­bi­na­tion of straight stitch and satin stitch, and us­ing the images as a guide, use the bright green thread to stitch the leaves of the lemon tree. Change the an­gle of the stitches slightly for each leaf – this adds more tex­ture.

Stitch the leaves of the top two planters and the bot­tom hang­ing vine fo­liage with dark green thread and straight stitch.

Use French knots and green thread to fill the string of pearl plant leaves in the last re­main­ing planter. You can change the size of the pearls by wrap­ping the thread around the nee­dle more or fewer times as you work the French knots.

Fill in the lemon shapes us­ing yel­low thread and satin stitch, care­fully an­gling the di­rec­tion of the satin stitches on each lemon away from the lemon im­me­di­ately next to it. The dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions will add more tex­ture to the piece.

Use satin stitch and brown thread to care­fully fill in the empty shelf voids, as shown, stitch­ing around the leaf shapes and keep­ing within the lines.

Next, us­ing brown thread and small hor­i­zon­tal satin stitches, care­fully fill in the nar­row trunk of the lemon tree.

For the smaller, finer branches and stems of the lemon tree and other plants, use brown sewing thread and sim­ple straight stitch through­out the de­sign.

Fin­ish the tops of the plant pots with a sim­ple straight line us­ing the white sewing thread to give an ex­tra pop of colour.

Ad­just the fab­ric in the hoop un­til you’re happy with the po­si­tion of the de­sign. Trim off the ex­cess fab­ric and then glue the over­hang­ing fab­ric care­fully on the re­verse of the hoop, tak­ing care to not get any glue on the main body of the fab­ric.

Trim away any ex­cess threads on the back of the hoop to fin­ish.

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