Thursday, 9 April 2020

Hello Spring: Tree Embroidery Patterns

Celebrate spring by stitching a tree (or three!).

Earlier this week I posted a tutorial for making spring trees textile art, and today I'm sharing a couple of spring tree embroidery patterns.
 

You can stitch this "Hello Spring" pattern - perfect for framing in a 4 inch embroidery hoop, turning into a patch or adding to small sewing projects - or a trio of simple little tree designs.

You'll find all four embroidery patterns at the bottom of this post.

I originally stitched this hoop as a sample to show off how you could use one of the little tree patterns in lots of cute projects, but then I thought I should probably share the whole pattern... so here we are!

The more free embroidery patterns to choose from the better, right?


I embroidered my "hello spring" design mainly with backstitch, adding French knots for the flower centres and sewing their petals as lazy daisy stitches. I used stranded embroidery thread (floss), stitching with three of the six strands from the skein. If you're sewing this design I'd recommend just adding a dot for the flower centre when tracing the pattern on your fabric instead of drawing the whole flower.

After sewing the main lines of the tree, I added some extra lines of running stitch for more detail and general cuteness. I used the same shade of green throughout but you could use two or three different shades if you like.

Of course you could also stitch these tree embroidery patterns in autumnal colours instead of spring ones, and adapt the hoop design to say "hello autumn" or "hello fall" with little leaves instead of flowers. Maybe I'll stitch that myself later in the year!

 
 
Want some more tree projects?

Click here for the felt textile art tutorial I shared earlier this week...

http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2020/04/spring-trees-embroidered-felt-hoop-art-tutorial.html

... or click here to make colourful tree and leaf cards to send to your pals.

https://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2018/09/diy-autumn-trees-leaves-cards-tutorial.html

This pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many trees as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't use them to make anything for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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Click here for the Hello Spring embroidery pattern.


Click here for the spring trees patterns. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Spring Trees: Embroidered Felt Textile Art Tutorial

This week on my blog it's all about SPRING.

Today I'll show you how to sew some embroidery hoop art featuring a trio of spring trees, then later in the week I'll be sharing some spring-themed embroidery patterns.



I drew these trees a couple of years ago, as part of a tutorial for making some autumn tree and leaf cards (which would also look fab in spring greens, by the way!). At the time I thought "ooh, these would look awesome in felt"... and now I've finally got around to trying that out.

https://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2018/09/diy-autumn-trees-leaves-cards-tutorial.html

I framed my trio of little trees in an oval embroidery hoop, but they'd also look great in a round hoop with some text added to fill the extra space (or maybe some simple felt flowers?). You could also use the shapes as a felt applique, adding a tree (or three!) to other sewing projects.

   
You will need:

- The tree templates from this tutorial
- Green and brown felt (three shades of green, plus two or three shades of brown)
- Green embroidery thread/floss (to match the green felt)
- Felt or fabric for the background
- A large embroidery hoop (you can resize the tree templates to fit if you need to)
- Sewing scissors (embroidery scissors are great for cutting out small felt shapes!)
- A sewing needle and some pins
- Sewing thread (any colour)



To make the hoop art:

1. Stretch your chosen backing felt/fabric in your embroidery hoop.

2. Use the templates to cut out one of each of the tree and trunk/branch shapes. Arrange the pieces on your hoop until you're happy with them. If I was sewing this again I'd definitely put the oval tree in the centre, as I did in the card tutorial, but this way is cute too!


3. Set aside the trunks/branches. Use sewing thread and large tacking stitches to hold the tree shapes in place on the backing felt/fabric.


4. With your chosen embroidery threads/floss (using three of the six strands in the skein), sew a line of running stitch around the inside of each tree shape. Try to keep your stitches neat and even to create a nice decorative effect.

I used darker thread on the lighter felt, and vice versa, so the stitches stood out clearly against the felt. Lie all your threads out on the felt pieces to test how they'll look and go with what looks best to you.


5. Remove the tacking stitches then, one by one, add the trunk/branch shapes and sew them in position. Use more embroidery thread/floss (using three strands again), this time using the green that matches the tree you're adding the trunk/branches to.


I recommend sewing a stitch at the very top and very bottom of the brown felt shapes to help hold them in position before filling in the rest of the stitching.


6. Trim any excess felt/fabric from around your embroidery hoop, leaving a few centimetres (about an inch) remaining. Then use a double thickness of sewing thread and running stitches to gather the felt/fabric together and pull it tight. Sew it securely then your hoop art will be ready to display.




This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many trees as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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Sunday, 5 April 2020

5 Little House Embroidery Patterns

Today I've got some more cute little houses for you to stitch!


A few days ago I shared a "Stay Home" embroidery pattern...

http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2020/04/stay-home-cute-house-embroidery-pattern.html

... and now I've got a whole village of little houses for you to sew.

Stitch one, like I have! Stitch them all in a row like a little street! Stitch the set and send them to your friends in lockdown! So many stitchy options!

You'll find the pattern sheets for all 5 houses at the bottom of this post.


These embroidery patterns would look cute framed in an embroidery hoop. You could also embroider them onto felt to make little house ornaments (like the owl ornament I stitched earlier this year), or sew them onto rectangles of fabric to use for making lavender sachets.


I adapted the patterns from a tutorial I designed a few years ago for making cute little felt houses. Follow the link for the templates and step-by-step instructions! They also make super cute felt gingerbread houses.

https://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-to-sew-cute-felt-houses.html

These patterns are for non commercial use only: you can use them to embroider as many houses as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire  post or share my pattern on your site. Thanks!

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Follow the links to open each pattern sheet in a new window, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.

Little houses embroidery patterns sheet 1.


Litte houses embroidery patterns, sheet 2.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Last Chance: Free Dove & Robin Christmas Ornament Tutorials

2020 has been such a bananas year for me that I'm running very behind with my "monthly" freebies for my pattern newsletter subscribers!

Luckily this lockdown is giving me lots of extra time to work on sewing projects, so I'm starting to get caught up and will be sending out a flurry of new patterns to subscribers in the coming weeks. I'll be sharing a tutorial for sewing felt teacup and teapot brooches very soon, then after that I'm planning projects based on books, spring flowers, and moths.

This means that now is your last chance to subscribe and download my current freebies: tutorials for sewing felt dove ornaments and little felt robins.

http://eepurl.com/dvfYO1


I'm planning on re-releasing these patterns in my shop later in the year, but the window to grab them for free is closing fast.

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It feels a bit weird talking about Christmas crafting in April, but I know some of you have started sewing for the holidays already!

You'll find lots more Christmas tutorials and craft ideas in my free tutorial archive, and I've got a couple of Christmas patterns in my shop, too.