Step-by-step below, I'll demonstrate three basic embroidery stitches—the running stitch, the french knot, and the backstitch. You can use these techniques however you want to on your template or use my examples as inspiration!
Materials: Click and print the free January Template on thick paper, scissors, practice paper, needle, and embroidery floss in several complementary colors.
To prepare a needle and thread for embroidery stitches, cut a stretch of embroidery floss (no more than 18 inches so it doesn't tangle) and tie a knot close to one end. Thread your needle onto the opposing side of the knot (use a wide-eyed needle to accommodate larger thread).
Note: I recommend that before begin on your template, you practice and perfect these techniques on a recycled sheet of paper.
Here's how to do the running stitch. . .
This dashed stitch is a must-know because it is very common and easy to do.
1. Poke your needle up through the paper and pull until you reach the knot. Then, simulate an "under-over" pattern with the needle and thread, creating stitches about one centimeter long. You'll notice that this stitch creates a line of dashes.
2. On the backside of your paper, you should see your knot and the same dashed pattern.
In your template, you can apply the running stitch anywhere you want. I used the same "under-over" concept of the running stitch to create a snowflake, instead of a line.
Here's how to do a french knot. . .
This embroidery technique is one of the prettiest stitches and is surprisingly easy to do. Practice it a couple of times and you're sure to get it! Note: this tutorial demonstrates the technique right-handed, but if you are left-handed, simply reverse the hand positions.
1. Poke up through the spot you want to create a french knot. In one hand, pull the thread coming though the paper taught and in the other hand, hold the needle.
2. Wrap the needle around the thread about two times.
3. In a place close to where the thread came out, poke the needle back through the paper.
4. Keep pulling the needle through until a little knot is created.
In all the places where there are dots on your template, you can apply the french knot. If you don't want to do a french knot, another option would be to create little X's over the dots.
Here's how to do a backstitch . . .
The backstitch is a great technique to use if you want to create a solid line.
1. Begin this stitch as you would for a running stitch: poke the needle up through the paper and go over, under, and come up again.
2. To fill in the gap created, go back to the last stitch made, and poke the needle through it about 1/4 way though. Repeat this process by coming up to make a stitch again and then filling in the gap.
I used the backstitch for the solid lines in the template including the boots, tights, dress, and mittens of the girl.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and picked up a few embroidery techniques along the way. I'm interested in knowing how you will decorate your template and how you're going to use it! Remember to check back at the beginning of every month for a new template and craft that goes with it. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
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