Lots of people have a Freebie Friday, so I thought I'd do something a bit different and do a 'Complimentary Thursday' tutorial.
We have a lot of autumn family birthdays, and hand stitching lots of cards can be very time consuming. Here's a quick way to make a hand embroidered card with an autumn theme, using my design on the freebies page. It uses simple stitches - plus you get to do colouring in!
A piece of cotton fabric, which will take crayon/pencil without 'bobbling'. I'd suggest you try your crayons on a scrap first to make sure you're happy.
Crayons*: bright red, pale brown and green. (If you have youngsters you can use theirs!)
Oil based coloured pencils work well too.
*If you want to use the design on something which will wash then use commercial fabric crayons and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Embroidery needles size 7 and 8
Threads: Stranded cotton in bright red, dark brown, cream/ecru, white, grass green and various autumn shades for the leaves.
A 5 inch embroidery hoop
Transfer the design onto your fabric ( see the freebies page for ideas how to do this).
Colour in the toadstool cap in red, leaving some light areas so it looks like light is falling on it.
Add some green for the grass.
Place in your hoop and begin stitching,
Here's a very quick stitching guide.
I outlined the cap in one strand of red, with a size 8 needle.
Make a knot in your thread and bring up the needle up through the fabric.
Bring up the needle half way alongside the original stitch like so...
Re-insert the needle along the outline the same distance as your first stitch. This completes your second stitch.
Keep repeating this process and continue all around the outline of the cap.
The gills are also stitched in dark brown stem stitch using one thread.
The stem is back stitched in one strand of cream/ecru with a size 8 needle.
Make a straight stitch backwards.
Bring up your needle a little in front of your first stitch.
Re-insert your needle on the outline exactly where you completed the last stitch.
The white dots on the cap are Chinese Knots, which I like to do, but you can use French Knots, or even little straight stitches.
Make a knot in your thread and bring the needle up through the fabric.
Make a small loop in the thread, crossing it over.
This bit is important. Holding the loop in place with your thumb ( sorry I couldn't show this whilst taking the photo - not enough hands!) gently take the needle back down through the loop and bring out at the back of the fabric.
As the thread pulls through and gathers up it makes a knot.
Use 2 threads and a size 7 needle for larger dots and one thread and a size 8 needle for the smaller ones.
Scatter the dots across the cap, to make a pattern that pleases you.
The leaves are stitched with 2 threads. You can mix up a selection of autumn colours for these.
I'd advise starting in the middle of the leaf, as it's easier to make the bigger stitches first and work your way down to the small ones
Make a knot in your thread and bring up the needle up through the fabric on the outside of the leaf.
Re-insert it on the 'petiole' opposite( it's the middle leaf stem bit, I had to look that up!)
Pull the thread through to make a long stitch across the shape. Bring up the needle up again on the outline, at the place you began stitching. (Satin stitch should look the same on the back of the work as it does on the front).
Pull the thread through to make your second stitch. Repeat to fill in the shape, making the stitches smaller as you need to.
The grass is just created in straight stitches of various lengths using two strands of green thread.
If you want to mount your picture in a card aperture, it's nice to put some wadding behind it to give extra support.
I hope you found this tutorial useful - any comments /feedback would be really helpful, so please let me know as it will really help me plan the next one!