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Tutorial: Embroidery Has Become a Fun New Pastime

Tutorial: Embroidery Has Become a Fun New Pastime

I know I shared this in a previous post, but I remember as a kid when I was being taught embroidery, not loving it...but I have started again as an adult and I'm loving it now (so I am so glad I had a foundation knowledge to work from)!

I received an ADORNit Embroidery pattern in my swag box and remember commenting that it wasn't my thing but I'm always up for a creative challenge....and that was it...I tried it and not only did I love the printed sticker embroidery pattern that I was sent, but fell in love with embroidery. The dissolving self stick patterns are such a great concept. Not only is there no tracing, but the pattern is printed in colour, so you can embroider by colour with no thinking or change it up to the colours you want, because when you are done you just soak your fabric and the pattern just dissolves away...

So when I was done my original pattern I wanted to keep going and try another, plus I wanted to order some more fabrics to use for my 3 months of being an ADORNit Girl!!  I may have mentioned this a time of two...but I love ADORNit fabrics, they just make me so happy.....

Unfortunately shipping rates have gotten out of control and exchange rates have not been stellar either....so ordering more items was not an option at the moment. So what's a girl to do???

Improvise!!!

Now before I go on, remember that there are copy rights to graphics/patterns and I am not a fountain of knowledge in this area....but I know this...each person needs to buy their own graphics/patterns...you cannot just copy any graphic/pattern....when you buy a graphic/pattern etc. it is for your personal use only and not to be shared or copied (except for your personal use) ...you can not even sell products made using someones graphic/pattern without the designers ok or the purchase of a license from the designer......

So, that being said....this tutorial is for personal use and please use only graphics you have purchased in whatever form works for this idea.....

My idea....colouring books...

I have been loving adult colouring and working with water colours for the first time and ADORNit ArtPlay colouring books are filled with amazing images from very talented artists...                        So I thought why couldn't I just make an embroidery pattern from them?                                              

So I did!

4 separate colouring sheets, combined to make one new embroidery pattern! Ignore the little L shapes, they are just markers. I had to leave part way through tracing and I was afraid if I left the images taped to the window they would get faded...

4 separate colouring sheets, combined to make one new embroidery pattern! Ignore the little L shapes, they are just markers. I had to leave part way through tracing and I was afraid if I left the images taped to the window they would get faded...

I know this will not be revolutionary to some of you, but this is a new concept to me. I will never look at another image quite the same again....as long as you can see well enough through the fabric and see clear lines of the image, any graphic or image you love could be made into a pattern to stitch out! (Again for personal use and from images you have purchased!) Or if you are talented enough to be able to draw you could create your own patterns...                                   and lucky you if you can!!

So for those of you like me who this is a new idea...here's what I did!

Oh and full disclosure...I would so do this again, but there is something to be said for buying the printed patterns too, my hand cramped twice tracing these patterns out, 😂!

Supplies:

  • Graphic to copy
  • Fabric 
  • painters tape or masking tape
  • water soluble making pen (disappears when water is applied)
  • a window 😉 (back lighting)
  • embroidery threads and embroidery needle
  • small scissors

I chose 4 different colour sheets for my embroidery design, spaced 1/2" apart. I taped them to the window measuring the spacing top and bottom to get them level to the eye. You could use a little level if you have one, but I just eyed it.

Cut your fabric larger than the area that you will be stitching or the size that you want for framing or sewing into a pillow front (which is what I am doing) so that you can trim to size after stitching. I cut mine at approximately 12.5" square. 

TIP: My pictures don't show this...if you have a serger, serger your edges before the taping to the window. When removing the tape from the fabric after tracing my fabric frayed a bit. I was going to serge mine anyway because I knew over the hours of stitching it would fray, just didn't think to do it before taping. (or zig zag if you don't own a serger)

Trace out the pattern using the water soluble marker.

Remove from the window and start stitching!!!

Here is the Embroidery stitch resource I have been using to learn stitches . (Needle'N'Thread)       If you have any other embroidery resources that you use and love please share a link in the comment section, I would so appreciate more resources and I am sure other readers would love it too!!

I'll keep you updated on my progress on IG and post a finish here when I'm done!! 

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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