This is THE Moment for Embroidered Ornaments!

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If you've been loving the embroidery trend, 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 look great on your tree or wreath.

Gift 'em or keep 'em. We won't judge, as long as you make 'em.

How to stitch a sampler ornament

What you’ll need:

  • 4-inch embroidery hoop
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • Felt fabric square
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Loose sequins
  • Fabric glue
  • Paint, wood stain, or glitter (if you like, for decorating the wooden hoop)
  • Ribbon

1. Secure the fabric

Slip your colorful felt between the two pieces of the hoop and tighten.

2. Outline your rows

Using a water-soluble fabric marker, draw curved rows on the felt where your stitches and sequins will go.

3. Stitch away!

Alternate between sewing sequins, chain stitch, French knots and running stitch along the rows. (Need a stitch primer? You can get the how-tos for each of these right here .)

When adding the sequins, use a single ply of embroidery floss to stitch down each one.

For chain stitch and the French knot, you’ll want to use a full strand of floss.

Photo by Jessica Long

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). Then 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.

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