DIY Felt Embroidered Heart Box and Conversation Hearts Tutorial and Template from Wild Olive.

The DIY Felt Embroidered Heart Box used to be in Wild Olive’s store, but now is available as an easy free tutorial and template HERE.

Fill the box with cute or anti Valentine DIY Conversation Hearts with the tutorial and template HERE.

For over 300 of the bet DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas go here.

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Schiaparelli Spring 2016 Couture: Embroidery Details

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darklingkitten asked:

Hello! I've seen a few of your embroidery works floating about, and I'm seriously in love with them! (rebel scum and "look at all the fucks i don't give, anakin" are possibly my favorites.) I can do basic hand sewing, but I've never embroidered before. What would you suggest for materials/patterns/tips and tricks to start out? Thanks! ~Saige

Hey, thanks! I am not by any means super-experienced at embroidery, but I can tell you what works for me. And I actually taught a basic embroidery class last weekend, so good timing!

So, materials-wise, the main things you need are floss, fabric, needles, and a hoop. You can get a hundred-pack of floss for under $15 on Amazon, or the same individual 8-yard skeins for around 40 cents each at any craft store They’ll also have hoops and needles pretty cheaply.

For fabric, you have a few options. You can buy aida cloth or other kinds of cloth sold specifically for embroidery. That can get pricey, though, especially if you’re doing a lot of projects.

While you *can* embroider on any fabric of any weight, it can be harder and more frustrating, as a beginner, to use less-than-ideal fabric. The kind of fabric used for, say, quilting, or for bedsheets, is too thin and too tightly woven. Without some practice and a good sense for stitch tension, embroidery on thin fabric ends up puckered and warped. You want something thicker, with a more open weave.

Most of the embroidery I’ve done lately is on vintage napkins and tea towels from a big bag of vintage household linens that someone gave me. You can find similar stuff at any thrift store for very little money– generally a dollar or two for a stack of napkins or a couple of tea towels, or $3-4 for a linen tablecloth. They’re better quality, cheaper, and have a lot more color variety.

Any line drawing can be embroidered. Pinterest has a metric crapton of patterns, examples, and designs. Once you’re comfortable with a few basic stitches, find something you like and try it.

Since you can hand-sew, you probably already know how to sew a straight stitch and a backstitch. For a starter sampler, I’d suggest making straight lines of a bunch of different stitches until you’re comfortable with them. For the workshop I just taught, everyone started with straight stitch, then backstich, and then learned stem stitch, chain stitch, and French knots. Once you can do all of those reliably and evenly, you can start learning more complicated stuff. Actually, most of the fancy stitches just use those elements in different combinations.

The one other thing that can be tough for beginners is getting your design on the fabric before you start. If you draw it on in pencil or use a transfer, and you don’t stitch exactly on the line everywhere, the lines can show afterwards, which is annoying. There are water-soluble/disappearing-ink pencils and pens made for embroidery, but they’re expensive and you end up having to redraw your design if it takes more than a few days. 

What I actually end up doing, a lot of the time, is making a mirror-image version of my design, plunking my hoop facedown on the image, and tracing onto the BACK of the fabric. I can lightbox it on the window if needed when I trace, and if I decided to change something on the fly the original lines won’t show. This is probably not the proper way to do it, and I super don’t care.

I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions!