Freestyle embroidery is a fun way to add detail to quilted projects. Things that have large empty pieces like an Irish chain or snowball blocks are great to showcase embroidery. These wreaths are a quick and easy way to try some new stitches. I made mine Christmassy, but there is no rule that they have to be.
Now that the fabric is prepared, it’s time to start stitching. Use a thread weight that is balanced to the fabric you used. If you use a fine thread on a heavy fabric, it will be difficult to see. If you use a heavy thread on a lightweight fabric, the fabric will not be able to support it, and it will be distorted.
Looking for a quick fall project? These cute pumpkins are a great way to try out some new embroidery stitches. All you need is some fabric, floss and a wooden hoop. A piece of felt will give it a clean back, but that’s optional.
Years ago, I bought a kit for embroidered towels. I loved the embroidery, but I didn’t get around to doing it. Finally this summer, I got it out to work on. What a disappointment! The fabric for the towels looked nice, but it was polyester. It wouldn’t have any kind of absorbency as a towel, and it didn’t feel nice. I debated with myself for a while about what to do. I still liked the embroidery, but I knew it would be useless as a towel.