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detail shot of floral hand embroidery pattern around the collar of a gray t-shirt with stabilizer
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It's a given: 88 percent of T-shirts end up in the back of your closet. But before you Marie Kondo said closet, bring those shirts to the forefront. These upcycle projects are simple to make and will refresh your garments so they're oh-so-ready to wear again.
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Sewing Machine and Supplies
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The designers tapped into the spirit of social causes this week, reminding us that creativity is one of the most powerful ways to make a meaningful statement. Below are just a few ways to raise your own creative voice and let your message be heard!
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tropical floral wreath embroidery hoop on blue fabric on white background
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When you think about hand embroidery, it’s likely that pictures of pretty flowers pop into your head. This project has loads of 'em, created with a gorgeous variety of stitches that really bring on the texture.
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multi-colored embroidery sampler mandala design framed in a hoop on a white background
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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!
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woman lying on the beach in a white hat looking at the ocean
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Sun, sand and style — it's all coming in waves thanks to this week's Project Runway episode. After watching the designers create cohesive beach, day and evening looks that oozed vacation vibes, here's what we're making for our own great escape.
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The Satin-Stitch Face
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Next, start stitching the cameo hair and face. Get Jessica's tips for making long parallel satin stitches with single strands of floss. You'll see how to work the fine details and troubleshoot any mistakes.
Finishing
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Your embroidery is complete! Explore a few different ways to finish your hoop and get inspired for your next project.
Flowers & Flat Leaves
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After hooping up and transferring the design, start stitching the two-tone flat leaves for the flower crown. After that, Jessica guides you through woven-wheel roses, French knots, and detached chain stitch petals to complete the crown.
Stumpwork
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Discover the magic of stumpwork as you stitch wired slips (embroidered leaves built over a wire shape on a separate hoop). Afterwards, learn to cut the stitched wired slips from the hoop, then insert the dimensional wire leaves securely into the main embroidery to complete the design.
Getting Started
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Jessica reviews the Modern Cameo design, including options for stumpwork or surface embroidery only, and stitching on cotton or linen fabric. Then she goes over the supplies you'll need and how to transfer the design to the background fabric.
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