HOW TO MAKE AN EMBROIDERED WINTER SCENE
all the leaves, then embroider the stems in running stitch.
12 Stitch French knots next to the sprig bunches using three strands of white thread.
13 The two embroidered doves are broken down into three different sections – the bodies, tails and wings. Use two strands of white thread to stitch all three of the sections. Start with the bodies, using long and short stitches near the beak, and making sure the stitches follow the natural direction of the feathers by curving them around the head. Leave a little gap for the eye, then continue down towards the tail, as shown. Make sure you keep the stitches very close together so none of the dark background fabric below shows through the embroidery.
14 Stitching the tails with the same white thread, use the image for reference as to which sections are filled in for this step, continuing with long and short stitches in a curved downwards direction, and making sure to leave the lines separating the sections clear for the metallic details.
15 As in Steps 13 and 14, work through each section of the wings separately in long and short stitch leaving the dividing lines clear – use the image above as a guide. Make sure the stitches follow the curves of the wings.
16 For the metallic details on the doves’ wings, tails and beaks, use two strands of gold thread. The larger sections are filled in using satin stitch and the outlines are in running stitch.
17 The doves’ eyes are filled in with two strands of black thread and satin stitch, then one straight line through the beak.
18 To finish off the hoop, make sure the design is positioned centrally in the hoop with the fabric taut. Trim away the excess fabric, leaving a 2.5cm (1") border all the way round. Use a hot glue gun on the top edge of the inner part of the embroidery hoop, pegging the fabric down over it to hold it in place as you go. Once the glue is dry, remove the pegs. You could also cut a circle of felt to size to stick over the back.