20 minute crafter. super basic embroidery. little bit funky style.

I get asked a lot how I do my little hoops.  It's really easy to explain in two words.  Back stitch. 
Really, I use that stitch 90% of the time.  It's easy, fast and it doesn't require thought.  You can bet if I do something a lot, that means it doesn't require a lot of patience.
Here is some basic equipment you will need:
embroidery hoop (I find that 8in is a good working size)
(I get these from consumercrafts.com for less than $1 each)
scissors (bought from a local shop)
embroidery thread (averages about .33c per skein)
embroidery needle
iron on transfer pencil  (my favorite brand is clover in blue, you can find them on amazon).
fabric (i use all sorts but muslin is a good basic fabric to use)
My favorite way of transferring a pattern is to use the iron on transfer pencil.  You print your pattern of choice off of your printer in REVERSE, especially important if you have words in your pattern.  Once printed, you trace over the pattern with your iron on pencil, then iron it onto the fabric of your choice.  Super easy and uncomplicated.  
Here's the super easy back stitch.  Start with about 18in of thread on your needle, with a knot tied in the end.  Num one above is where you pull the thread through...into two and out three. 
Then four (which was two in the previous photo) and five. 
And repeat for your whole pattern.  

See?  Easy.  You can do it! :)  Any questions?  I'll answer them in the comment section!


Drew and Kristi said...

Your little hoops are so adorable! I've been wanting to try one- thanks for the tutorial!!

Holly said...

so cute! You make it look so easy! ;)

mel said...

i've been working on some embroidery. i'm still a beginner. how do you finish the back? do you tie a knot?

Joy Morris said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I've really been wanting to try embroidering. Do you use patterns for all of your embroidery or do you free hand it at all?

Stasha said...

How do you print out something in reverse?

Crystal said...

On the back, I just tie a knot close to the where the stitch enters.

How to print in reverse may be different for all printers but my printer has the option to do so once you hit print. The print box comes up and there is a little check box to "flip horizontally". :)

Mommy2Sophia said...

So adorable! I have always wanted to make one of these, but never had the motivation. You made it look so easy, I think I am gonna make one of these, SOON! Thanks for the inspiration :-) Lisa

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

How cool, must try this

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

How cool, must try this

Katie said...

thanks for this quick tutorial. i haven't stitched in years and was taught by my grandmother and mother. did alot of cross stitch in my younger years, but i love the simplicity of a backstitch. will definitly try the iron on pencil because i can't sketch a stick figure :)

Stacia said...

Love it! Thanks for the quick tutorial. I made one of these hoops recently, but I had no idea what I was doing...just winged it! It turned out well enough :)

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