Today I am starting in on a series of embroidery hoops I have created for Halloween décor. As you know, I love to working on embroidery projects, but I took special pride recently with these Halloween embroidery projects because I am determined to show that embroidery is not old and dated and dry. Embroidery can be edgy. Really! Often when I tell people that I am working on an embroidery project they look at me strangely, like I am really 90 years old. Many people just don’t realize how cool embroidery can be! You might not believe me now, but I am determined that by the time Halloween rolls around you are a believer.
This is the simplest of my “Edgy” Halloween Embroidery projects. Quite literally, it is just an embroidered word and some lace. Even a beginner could accomplish this, and in not very much time.
Here’s how I did it. First off, I found a font that I liked. I found mine in PicMonkey, and if you want your project to look just like mine, here is what I used.
Then, I traced the letters directly onto my neutral fabric. I used a water erasable marker I got from Wholeport.com for this part. Once the letters were traced I ironed on some interfacing for added stability.
And, I was all set to stitch. Basically I just went around the outsides of the letters with a back stitch. When that was done I went back and filled in the thicker parts of the letters with a small satin stitch–statin stitch are stitches that stretch across a given area and attempt to fully fill in an area. Here is a close up so you can see my stitches. Note, okay, I am letting you take a close-up, enlarged look at my stitches. It’s not perfect. Those “o”s don’t look identical, I know. BUT, friends, this is a handmade item, and people pay good money for handmade. Those mistakes and imperfections SHOW that it is handmade, in other words, that it is one of a kind. So, I embrace my mistakes, and you should too!
Once the letters were fully embroidered I took a wet cloth and removed any maker that was showing. Then, I added some black lace to the top and bottom…and I was done!
A simple, edgy, Halloween embroidery project. If you aren’t sold on this modern embroidery movement that I am attempting to start, stay tuned! I have several more Halloween embroidery projects lined up for the next couple weeks.
Thanks for being here,