To help get you in the mood to go exercise your civic duty (and to encourage your friends and family as well), I’ve created a free Vote hand embroidery pattern and tutorial for you! This is completely free to download, and the tutorial walks you through how to do backstitch which makes up the majority of the pattern (more details are below as to other tutorials you might like to refer to). Even if you’ve never hand embroidered before, you can do this, grasshopper. 🙂
Of course if you’d like access to more free patterns, you can access a whole boatload of free cross stitch and hand embroidery patterns by joining the Peacock Lounge for free (and you’ll get a 15% off discount code to use on your first purchase too). 🙂
- Fabric — make sure it’s 2-3″ larger on all sides than your hoop size. I’m using Zweigart Kingston linen, but any quilting cotton is fine, non-stretch is best for your first embroidery pattern. My piece is 7″ square for my hoop size.
- 4” hoop
- Embroidery needle (I’m using a size 6)
- Embroidery floss (I’m using DMC 3804, 208, 340), but any colours are ok
- Felt if you want to back the hoop
- Way to transfer your design to the fabric, I’ve used a FriXion pen.
As this is just a quick tutorial, if you’d like to learn more about the various steps that I don’t cover, here are links to other tutorials you may like to watch:
- how to transfer your design to the fabric
- how to do French knots or Colonial knots
- how to finish the back of your hoop
I also mention a tutorial on needle threaders in the video, if you’d like more information on your options for threading your needle.
You can also follow along with my more detailed class Hand Embroidery Fundamentals on Skillshare, that will teach you all the basics you’ll need to know (and you’ll learn how to make this pretty floral monogram hoop project). If you don’t have a Skillshare account, no worries, you can get a free two month trial with the link to that class.
Happy stitching! Please feel free to tag @peacockandfig on Instagram or Facebook with your finishes, and check out The Pigeon Letters for other neat tutorials for creatives. 🙂