I’ve always loved seeing other people’s hand embroidery. It’s like art with a needle. I knew that I wanted to create something special to go on the wall of my little girls’ room, so I drew some scenes to make some embroidery hoop art patterns. Everything was hand-stitched by me onto 100% linen fabric. I absolutely love how they turned out, and I’m planning a whole room themed around them. Click here and here to see some other elements that I made for the room. If you need help with any of the stitches, I have video guides on my embroidery stitches guide page.
The best part about hand embroidery is always the little details! French knots make great curls, and for the braids, I used a cross stitch. The rainbow is a large running stitch and more french knots for the dandelions. Do you see the lazy daisy stitched bows and the ends of the braids? Details! 🙂 The two girls are supposed to represent my two daughters. Leah’s hair isn’t quite that red or that curly, but it still works.
There is a different color fabric on the appliques to match each color in the rainbow. I went for muted colors instead of bright. Most of the fabrics were from my grandma’s stash that she let me dig through. I tried to make it so all of them had a sort of vintage feel. The hot air balloon is stuffed a little to make it pop out, and the pinwheel is 3D also. The raindrops are lazy daisy stitches again because I think they are so cute!
- free embroidery patterns – The larger ones will need to be printed as a “poster” and taped together. The size of each hoop is noted on the pattern. The pattern is password protected, so you’ll need to enter the super secret password first.
- linen fabric
- fabric scraps in colors of the rainbow (or lighter colors like I chose)
- embroidery floss in colors of the rainbow, white, hair colors, and dark gray
- wooden embroidery hoops in the following sizes: 6″, 7″, two 8″, 9″, and 12″
- a button
- fiberfill (stuffing)
- fusible, paper-backed interfacing (Wonder Under or Heat ‘n Bond)
I didn’t take any photos of the process, but I thought I would show you some larger photos of the final project so you can replicate them. For all of the appliques, I ironed fusible interfacing to the fabric, cut them out, peeled off the paper backing, and ironed them onto the linen. This is a standard applique process. To see my “How to Applique By Hand” video, go here. To transfer the embroidery designs, I like to use dressmaker’s carbon paper. Just spritz with water when you are done and it should disappear. The background fabric is 100% linen.
There you go! Let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to help!
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