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I needed a simple embroidery project to share with my needle arts classes, so I decide to try drawing on fabric and them stitching and embellishing on top.
The inspiration for this idea came from Childhood 101, where she had her daughter draw on burlap and then sew sequins on top.
I want to give the kids the option of stitching, adding beads, buttons, sequins, bits of fabric or whatever they want.
I kept mine relatively simple, and I love it, but I won’t say it’s finished for sure.
What You’ll Need
- muslin cut to fit your embroidery hoop
- a pencil or water-soluable marker (or regular marker if you want the image to show in the finished project)
- embroidery floss and sewing needle
- embellishments of your choice
- embroidery hoop
How to Make a Simple Embroidery Project
Use a pencil or drawing tool of your choice to draw an image. You can make a self-portrait, write your name, draw your pet, whatever you want. I decided to draw a bird (and I totally used a picture from the Internet to help me, and even so I didn’t know what to do with the feet).
It’s a little hard to see in the picture but that’s kind of the point; I didn’t want to see the lines when I was done.
Put the fabric in your embroidery hoop and start stitching. I did backstitch and then just filled in the beak with stitching.
When all the stitching was done, I wanted to add an eye. I found this big blue bead, which is maybe a little too big, but I like it.
I decided to sew beads on the tail as well.
This was so much fun and I only wish I’d made my muslin a little bigger (or drawn more in the center) so I could just keep it in the hoop to display. But I’ll come up with something fun to do with it.
What would you do with an embroidered bird with bejeweled tail?
Have you ever done a project like this? I’d love to hear about it!
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