Learn embroidery and add personal touches to your décor
Learn a new craft this year to add personal touches to your textiles.
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.
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: 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.