Monday, May 19, 2014


I created these two elegant little faces to capture an age gone by. They would lend themselves to Christmas Ornaments, greetings card fronts, gift tags or book marks.

Stitchery completed size: 8cm high by 8cm wide each


  • My stitchery is worked in 1 thread of embroidery floss.  This means if you have a skein of embroidery floss and you cut a workable length (around 40cm), you need to separate out one thread from the six in the length to work with.

  • I have worked these stitcheries using DMC Thread no.815 (Red) and Black. You could try this or any of your own colour combinations.  You may also like to colour portions of the completed stitchery using artist colouring pencils. 

  • I like to work on homespun (100% cotton fabric) in a light colour that has first been washed and ironed well.

  • I transfer the stitchery pattern using a well lit window and sharp 2B pencil. I transfer the design in line with the fabrics grain. The pencil marks are hidden by the completed stitches

  • I like to back my work with iron on interfacing to hide knots behind the stitchery.

  • I wax my thread as I work to improve the threads performance.

  • I use an embroidery hoop to improve the embroidery outcome.

  • After completing the stitchery, I iron the work well.  If there are any stray pencil marks, I like to use a fabric eraser to remove them rather than wash the work (which can sometimes make colours move slightly).



30cm *20cm lemon homespun
30cm *20cm black print backing fabric. I like to use 100% cotton fabric and I also like to back this with iron on interfacing.
2 panels 29cm * 19cm light weight iron on interfacing
1 skein DMC 815 and Black
Embroidery hoop
Embroidery needle
Sharp 2B pencil
Sewing machine thread in white
20cm narrow ribbon for loops
Small amount of fill


Iron lightweight iron on interfacing to back of the lemon Homespun.

Using a well lit window and sharp 2B pencil, transfer the stitchery designs to the front of the homespun as spaced out on the pattern sheet.  This will leave enough room to sew the design.

Place the prepared fabric in an embroidery hoop and complete the patterns in backstitch using one thread, using pictures as colour guide.

After completion of stitchery designs, press the work.

Return the completed work to the well lit window wrong side of work facing up, and mark in pencil on the back of the fabric the stitchery line for the banner edge from the pattern sheet, noting the opening for turning.

Iron lightweight iron on interfacing to back of the black backing print.

With right sides together, pin a panel of your chosen backing fabric to your stitchery panel.

Using a small machine stitch and matching thread, stitch on the pencil line (as below on the left side image).

Once sewn, trim back edges to turn (I use pinking shears to give clean finish).  Be sure to leave a 1cm seam allowance on the unsewn turning edge for later.

Turn through decoration using a chopstick and iron flat to neaten.

To complete a hanging decoration, turn in a 1cm seam on the top turning edge and press.
Put a small amount of fill in the decoration.
Pin top to secure. 
Cut two small 10cm pieces of ribbon for each decoration, fold in half, and insert into the unsewn seam at the top.  Stitch top seam closed using invisible ladder stitch by hand.

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