Cozy corner-embroidery project
Celebrate two of life’s great joys, reading and embroidery, and escape the everyday hubbub in this scene of serenity.
- Cotton fabric: 30x30cm, natural
- Stranded cotton: 1 skein each of black, light blue, coral, pale pink, red, dark teal, light teal and white
- DMC variegated stranded cotton: 1 skein of yellow (90)
- Embroidery hoop: 20cm diameter
- Wooden arch frame: 18x17cm (outer), 16x15cm (inner)
- Basic embroidery kit
Chain Stitch, French Knot, Padded Satin Stitch, Satin Stitch, Split Stitch, Stem Stitch
Notes: Use two strands of thread throughout the design, unless otherwise stated.
1.Transfer the design from the template onto the fabric using your preferred method. We used a heat-erasable pen and a light source, such as a window or a lightbox.
The beneᒟt of using this method is that you can trace the frame outline to help with positioning the frame, then remove these lines afterwards. Mount the fabric into the hoop.
Fill the background with Satin Stitch in light blue, at a roughly 45˚ angle. Fill the curtain sections with Padded Satin Stitch in white.
2. Next, add Satin Stitch to the book cover in light teal, and to the book spine in dark teal. Then, work the toe, heal and cuff of the sock using Satin Stitch in red.
3. Use Chain Stitch to work the sun in variegated yellow, starting from the outer edge and then working in a spiral towards the centre. Fill the leaf with Chain Stitch using three strands of dark teal. Finish the leaf by working Stem Stitch in three strands of pale pink up the centre of the leaf.
4. Outline the dress with Split Stitch in coral, making sure to leave a small gap between the sleeve and the rest of the dress. Now, ᒟll the dress with Split Stitch, working rows inwards in the direction that the material of the dress would naturally flow.
5. Fill the cheek with French Knots using pale pink and just one twist. Now, add the outline to the lines of the girl, her dress, the book, sock and window frame in two strands of black using Stem Stitch, leaving the
ᒟner details unworked. Then, add the facial features, deᒟning hair lines and book pages in Stem Stitch using one strand of black.
6. Place the fabric in between the inner and outer arch and secure by carefully pressing together. Trim the fabric, leaving about 3cm excess, then work running stitch all the way around. Pull the thread to gather
the fabric at the back and then tie off.
Designed by Joanne Little
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