Learning Embroidery + How to Make an Embroidery Pattern

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I’m sure I’m not the only one guilty of collecting every new book that comes out in the art/craft section, getting super excited about the new thing I’m going to learn, doing one thing in the book and then moving right along with the attention span of a gnat. So in an attempt to change that, I’m starting to stitch my way through Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery and thinking of making a sampler book of all my stitches for reference.

embroidery book

So far I’ve done 8 of the outline stitches, I’ve got a long way to go but it’s a start. Learning a little at a time will give me the chance to use the stitches in artwork as I go and hopefully commit them to my memory…we’ll see how that goes!

embroidery stitches

Want to embroider text using your favorite computer font? Here’s a simple way I did mine:

  • Type your text in Word and apply the font / size
  • Print on regular computer paper
  • Trace the text with iron transfer pencil on the back side of the paper
  • Lay the paper with the traced side down on your fabric
  • Iron and embroider!

embroidery pattern making 1

embroidery pattern making 2

Anyone else blog their way through a project like this? I’d love to hear about it!!

P.S. If you’re considering a project like this, I’d recommend watching Julie and Julia as an inspirational kick-off party…and if you do, make sure you have something yummy to eat because it’ll make you hungry, lol


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