Halloween Embroidery Hoop Art: Boo

Boo Halloween Embroidery Art

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.

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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!

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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,

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  1. It’s gorgeous! How did you attach the lace? TFS!

    • I actually just pinned the lace in place and then put it inside the embroidery hoop. So, the lace isn’t sown in place at all. I’m so touched that you like it!

  2. This is so pretty and delicate…it’s the prettiest scary BOO I’ve seen! Thank You Nancy!

  3. Peggy Hendrick says:

    I love this!…I used to do a lot of embroidery back in my high school days…I think I am going to take it up again…so nice to have something else to do besides hand sewing while watching tv…I thought the lace was embroidered also…nice, quick project and you can find embroidery hoops cheap at thrift stores!

  4. This is really an awesome project! Thanks for inspiring us, Nancy! 🙂

  5. Angela Smith says:

    I love embroidery. One of my favorite things to do. I shared the post on Just Crafty on Facebook.

  6. I love this! I’m wanting to try my hand at some embroidery. I’ll have to remember this project!

  7. I just LOVE this! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I’m so glad to have found your blog (via Heart Handmade UK). 😉

    Sheila in Oregon


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