Learn em­broi­dery and add per­sonal touches to your dé­cor

Learn a new craft this year to add per­sonal touches to your tex­tiles.

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Among your other new year’s res­o­lu­tions, make it a goal to learn a new craft tech­nique—

and em­broi­dery is the per­fect place to start. You can use it to add time­less cot­tage de­tails through­out your house with mono­grammed nap­kins and tow­els, bor­ders on your cur­tains and table­cloths, and dec­o­ra­tive throw pil­lows and blan­kets. In her new book, Em­broi­der Your Life: Sim­ple Tech­niques & 150 Stylish Mo­tifs to Em­bel­lish Your World, Nathalie Mornu out­lines sim­ple stitches and a va­ri­ety of ideas for projects and pat­terns. Here are a few to get you started.

Stem Stitch

This is a great stitch for out­lines, words and letters, es­pe­cially as it makes el­e­gant curves. For straight lines, keep the stitch lengths even, but for curves, shorten the stitches so the curve is smooth.

To Do: Bring your nee­dle up through the fab­ric at A, slightly to one side of the straight line; then go back down

at B, slightly across the straight line. Bring it back up at C, and go back down at D, con­tin­u­ing in one di­rec­tion but

cre­at­ing stitches that strad­dle your straight line.

To Use:

Satin Stitch

To Use: This stitch is sim­ple and works

well to fill in large ar­eas. For pat­terns, draw the shape with a wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker, and fill it in with the satin stitch. Or use a ba­sic run­ning stitch to out­line the pat­tern; then cover the run­ning stitch with your satin

stitch as you go.

To Do: Bring the nee­dle up through the fab­ric at point A; then go down through the fab­ric at point B. Bring it back up at C, and go back down at D. Re­peat.

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