Thank you for your Embroidery Kit purchase!
The following supplies are needed and are not included in your embroidery kit.
- Aleene’s Original All Purpose Tacky Glue (not clear)
- Needle Threader (optional)
- Your imagination!
Before you begin
Take the larger outer hoop and trace it on the backing paper, cut it out, and set it aside. You wont need it until the very end.
- Stretch your illustrated fabric in the hoop.
- Thread your needle. Don’t divide the floss, use all 6 strands to embroider flowers, leaves and hair.
- Start embroidering the largest flowers first. Embroider each from outside of the petal toward the middle of the flower—working your way around using a Satin Stitch. After you’re done with one flower, move on to the next largest flower until you are done with all the larger flowers.
- Switch your thread to another color and embroider all the smaller flowers using a Satin Stitch.
- Use a Satin Stitch to embroider the leaves.
- With the brown thread (all 6 strands), embroider the outline of the lady’s hair using a Backstitch.
- With the same brown thread, use a French Knot to create randomly-placed embellishments throughout the lady’s hair.
Finishing the Back
- When you are finished embroidering, make sure the illustration is centered within the hoop where you like it. Then tighten the little screw on the top of the hoop. Continue stretching a little bit at a time, and tightening the screw as tight as you can until you feel your embroidery is secure and taught.
- Trim fabric leaving about a half an inch.
- Turn your embroidery face-down on a clean surface, and glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop with tacky glue.
- When the glue is dry, apply glue to the back edge of the fabric (just inside the outer hoop), and place the paper circle you cut out earlier to the back of the hoop—covering the back of your embroidery.
- Allow the glue to dry completely before displaying it!
Embroidery Stitch Guide
While there are many basic embroidery stitches, like the seed stitch or running stitch, these 3 are the only ones you’ll need to know to finish your embroidery using this kit!
The backstitch is one of the most essential stitches you’ll learn. It is the best stitch for outlining straight and curved lines since it creates a continuous line of thread. I use this stitch for outlining my ladies’ hair and faces.
Begin by bringing the needle up thru 1, then down thru 2, then up thru 3, and back down thru 4, and continue the pattern by coming up thru 5, down thru 6, etc.
The satin stitch is another very useful stitch for filling in shapes. It can be used for filling in flower petals, leaves, lips, and more! When done right, you’ll have a solid, satin-like texture.
Begin by bringing the needle up thru 1, then down thru 2, then up thru 3, and back down thru 4, etc. keeping the stitches as close together as possible.
The French knot is one of my favorite embellishments to do since they can be used to make tiny flowers or even flower pistils, creating a lovely texture.
Begin by bringing the needle up thru 1, then loop the thread around the needle twice following 2, then pass the needle down thru 3 (which is next to 1, but not thru 1).
Tips & Tricks
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is embroidery hard to do?
- Not at all! One of the great things about embroidering is it's relatively easy to create beautiful embroideries with just one or two basic stitches! My kits use three of my favorite stitches (Backstitch, Satin Stitch, and French Knot) that I've used ever since my grandmother first taught me as a young girl. If you have any questions or confusion about a particular stitch, feel free to reach out to me!