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A panel embroidered for another project in progress
Just thought I'd get the embroidered part up as a seperate how-to as my sewing machine is being serviced and I can't get on with the rest of the bag yet :(
If you google search embroidery stitches there a few good sites with summaries (too numerous to mention).
This will eventually be a present for a friend.

Posted by Holly B. from Dorset, England, United Kingdom • Published See Holly B.'s 26 projects »
  • Step 1

    Print out or photocopy the design of your choice, and cut out the shape.

  • Step 2

    Pin to your fabric, and tack a contrasting guideline around the shape with a large running stitch.

  • Step 3

    Remove the picture. I sewed the design freehand, but you could use the fabric printing tutorial by Cat Morley to print a reversed picture directly onto the fabric as a guide.

  • Step 4

    Use your imagination! I used an adapted 'lazy-daisy' stitch for the feathers, a combination of outline stitch and whipped runnning stitch for outline, and couching for the hair.

  • Step 5

    You don't have to be an experienced seamstress - I hadn't done any decorative embroidery since I was a child.

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Libby W.
Libby W. · Whitehaven, England, GB · 86 projects
This is so stunning! I can't believe you did it with a sewing machine.
Sarah D.
Sarah D. · 2 projects
Amazing job. Its so beautiful.
MarieJ · Quebec City, Quebec, CA
Where is the tutorial you speak of because Im new on here so I dont know where to find it and I cant draw...=S...I neeed help! =
Irene A.
Irene A. · Sweden, SE · 5 projects
wow, i can't believe you did that O_O. Great job Happy
northernstar · Flateyri, Westfjords, IS · 35 projects
This looks amazing!
· Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, US · 23 projects
This turned out so well. I am very impressed! I did it as a child as well and am finding much relaxation from doing it again!

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