Not only is this hoop totally beginner-friendly, it's also the ideal way to learn all the stitches you'll need for future projects. Call it Embroidery 101!
What You Need
- PDF pattern (available when you start your free trial )
- Embroidery floss, in at least five colors (a list of colors used in this project is available when you start your free trial )
- Embroidery hoop (recommended 6” to 9”)
- Fabric: ½ yard , or one fat quarter (recommended cotton, linen, or cotton and linen blended)
- Fabric transfer pen
- Needle (recommended size 1 through 5)
- Needle threader (optional)
- Steam iron for pressing the finished project
Shop the Kit
1. Get Ready to Stitch
Print out the pattern and use a lightbox or sunny window to trace the design onto your fabric with an erasable marker. Hoop up your fabric, separate the floss and thread your needle. You’re ready to start stitching!
2. Straight Stitches
Begin with the straight stitches. Follow the pattern guide as you add running stitches, backstitches, split stitches, stem stitches and the decorative (and oh-so-gorgeous) pekinese stitches to your fabric.
3. Spot Stitches
Now on to the spot stitches. These simple stitches are super versatile, and the pattern uses them in a ton of ways. Follow your pattern to add star stitches, fern stitches and French knots to your embroidery.
4. Looped Stitches
Keep filling in your pattern with chain stitches, detached chain stitches, blanket stitches, feather stitches and fly stitches. These all add texture and artistic shapes to your pattern!
5. Fill Stitches
Finish off the pattern with fill stitches — seed stitch, satin stitch, and long and short stitch. Now you're done!
Adapted from Startup Library: Hand Embroidery .