If you've been loving all thing's embroidery this year, now's the time to show off those stitches for the holidays! These ornaments from Jessica Long of Namaste Embroidery (and our Modern Hand Embroidery class) use beginner-friendly stitches to create adorable sparkly samplers that will look great on your Christmas tree .
Sparkly Sampler Ornaments
What You Need
- 4" embroidery hoop
- Water-soluble fabric marker
- Felt fabric square
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Loose sequins
- Fabric glue
- Paint, wood stain or glitter (optional)
1. Secure the Fabric
Slip your felt between the two pieces of the hoop and tighten to secure in place.
2. Outline Your Rows
Using a water-soluble fabric marker, draw curved rows on the felt where you want your stitches and sequins to go.
3. Start Stitching
For each row, alternate between sewing sequins, chain stitch, French knots and running stitch along the rows.
When adding the sequins, use a single ply of embroidery floss to stitch down each one.
For chain stitch and the French knot, use a full strand of floss.
When doing the running stitch, use a full strand and consider creating a double row to fill more space and add variation.
4. Finish It Off
Once your stitches are done, gently rinse off the guidelines (if needed). Trim and glue the extra felt to the back of the hoop. Decorate the wooden hoop with paint, wood stain, or glitter if you like. Once dry, add a ribbon at the top so you can hang your ornament.