Nothing signifies spring more than the appearance of fresh buds, blossom and sunshine, so celebrate the change of season with Carolyn Letten’s three appliquéd and stitched embroidery hoop pictures. They can be displayed together on a wall or used individually to brighten up a shelf or dressing table. Tidy up the back of your pictures by using running stitch around the edge of the remaining fabric, then pulling tightly to gather.
- Fabric: cotton, plain, yellow, peach, green; floral print
- Embroidery hoop, wooden, 10.2cm, 12.7cm, 15.2cm
- Iron-on interfacing
- Lace, flower scraps
- Card, white
- Glitter glue
- Tissue paper
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Cut a circle of yellow cotton fabric, 17.8cm in diameter, to fit a 10.2cm hoop. Use the template to trace the word onto white tissue paper. Snip out three flowers with their leaves leaving a narrow border of white and back with interfacing. Using the outer hoop as a guide, pin the flowers and leaves in place making sure to allow for the word ‘sunshine’.
Stitch them in place, and iron on reverse. Pin the tissue in place, sew over it twice, tear the tissue away and iron on the reverse. Mount your picture as before, pulling taut and trimming. Add lace flowers and a little glitter glue to highlight.
Sew Hello Spring
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Cut a circle of bright green cotton fabric, 22.9cm in diameter, to fit the 15.2cm hoop. Using the template provided, trace the words ‘hello spring’ onto white tissue paper. Leaving a narrow border of white around the following; from the floral fabrics cut out one large orange flower including a leaf, one smaller orange flower, one yellow rose, one small yellow flower which includes the leaf at both sides and two navy flowers. Back them all with iron-on interfacing.
With the green material laid flat, lay the outer hoop (with the screw on) in the middle of the fabric to use as a frame. Lay out all the appliqué pieces using the picture as a guide. Pin them in place. Make sure you have left room for the words by temporarily placing the tissue paper at the top right. Remove the hoop. Starting at the middle of each flower, machine or hand stitch them in place using a variety of coordinating threads.
Sew the dark green leaves using bright green thread and the light green leaves using dark green. You can always make use of the whole embroidery hoop by placing the pinned material inside it to keep it taut as you stitch. Machine sew a decorative pattern around the edges of the flowers using white thread. Iron on the reverse. Pin the tissue paper in place and using a dark orange thread, stitch over the words twice. Tear the paper away, then sew over it again in white. Iron on the reverse.
To mount the picture into the hoop, lay the inner hoop underneath the design and place the outer hoop over the top, making sure the design is in the correct place. Pull taut and tighten the screw. Trim away the excess fabric at the back leaving a border of 2.5cm. Use tiny dots of glue to secure three lace flowers and add small amounts of glitter glue to highlight the flowers.
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Cut a circle of peach cotton fabric, 20.3cm in diameter, to fit the 12.7cm. Use the template provided to trace the word ‘Blossom’ onto white tissue. Leaving a narrow border of white, cut out a large blue flower, with green leaves at both sides, and one orange circle. Back with interfacing.
Lay the peach fabric flat and place the outer hoop in the middle to guide placement. Pin the flowers in place, making sure to leave enough space for the text. Remove the hoop and machine or hand stitch the flower and leaves as before. Iron on the reverse.
Pin the white tissue in place and machine or hand sew over the letters twice in dark teal, tear the tissue away and iron on the reverse. Mount the picture into the hoop as before, pulling taut and trimming. Use a small amount of glue to secure three lace flowers in place, add a little glitter glue and a peach daisy button, with its loop cut off, to the middle of the orange flower.