If you’ve been loving all thing’s embroidery this year, now’s the time to show off those stitches for the holidays! These ornaments from Jessica Long, instructor of our class Modern Hand Embroidery and 3D Embroidery: The Modern Cameo, use beginner-friendly stitches to create adorable sparkly samplers that will look great on your Christmas tree.
Sparkly Sampler Ornaments
What You Need
1. Secure the Fabric
Slip your felt between the two pieces of the hoop and tighten to secure in place.
2. Outline Your Rows
Using a water-soluble fabric marker, draw curved rows on the felt where you want your stitches and sequins to go.
3. Start Stitching
For each row, alternate between sewing sequins, chain stitch, French knots and running stitch along the rows.
When adding the sequins, use a single ply of embroidery floss to stitch down each one.
For chain stitch and the French knot, use a full strand of floss.
When doing the running stitch, use a full strand and consider creating a double row to fill more space and add variation.
4. Finish It Off
Once your stitches are done, gently rinse off the guidelines (if needed). Trim and glue the extra felt to the back of the hoop. Decorate the wooden hoop with paint, wood stain or glitter. Once dry, add a ribbon at the top so you can hang your ornament.