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DIY: Doily Embroidery

DIY: Doily EmbroideryThis year, one of my goals is to learn a bit of stitching.

Embroidery can be a bit intimidating with all its stitch types and floss colours, so I thought a doily would be the perfect 'practice' blank to try out my skills. Little did I know how fun and modern it could be! A discount shop doily turns into a piece of needlework that can be adapted to suit your decor needs.

MATERIALS


DIY: Doily Embroidery

  • 8" or larger doily (Dollar Store)
  • 6" Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS


DIY: Doily Embroidery
Position your doily into your hoop, making sure your middle design is centered.  Separate the hoop and slide the doily between the two forms.  Once positioned, tighten the set screw at the top to hold in place

DIY: Doily Embroidery
Thread the needle with all 6 embroidery strands in the thread

 DIY: Doily Embroidery
To start your design, choose a center point and tie off. (This the back of the design and hoop)

DIY: Doily Embroidery
Working from the front and letting the doily design dictate your stitches, start free forming a design.  Study the openings and tightly crocheted stitches that will allow the needle through.  There is no wrong way to do this.

DIY: Doily Embroidery
To begin a new colour and to keep from tying unsightly knots, pull the thread through the back of a few doily stitch loops to secure, then cut.

DIY: Doily Embroidery
Keep working until you are satisfied with your design

DIY: Doily Embroidery
Turn your work over and carefully snip away the excess doily on the back

DIY: Doily Embroidery
Hang in any room and enjoy your new piece.  I added a black felt backing to this one to make the colour pop against the light walls in my daughter's bedroom.

Enjoy!