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Craft lessons: Build a Coral Reef in Redwork, embroidery tutorial

Embroidery  |  September 9th 2011  |  0 Comment

Small designs can become great. Sublime Stitching embroidery transfers can be imprinted multiple times which means you can repeat the designs to make unique combinations and large-format designs. Here’s a really simple example in redwork to show you just what I mean…

Craft lessons: Build a Coral Reef in Redwork,

embroidery tutorial

Skill Level: Super Duper Easy
Time Needed: 1-2 hours

Supplies Needed:

Under the Sea Embroidery Transfers

Red Embroidery Floss

Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery NeedleEmbroidery Scissors

Tea Towel
(or something to stitch on)

an iron
Um, that’s it.
Ready? Let’s stitch this thing!

 

(Inside each pack of patterns is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of designs,
complete instructions for imprinting and an embroidery lesson.)

See that smaller design above the mermaid’s head in the photo above? The coral? Maybe you thought it was just thrown in there as an extra design to complete the set or fill space? Hooo nooo -certainly not! There are no small patterns. Only small plans for them. All of the patterns have a purpose! Let me show you what you can do with it:

Carefully cut around the coral design.

 

Iron it onto your fabric.
(The hotter your iron, and the longer you press, the darker the imprint will be.)

 

Now, you can re-position it and imprint it again. And again.
Hm. That one turned out a little faint, but that’s okay- I’ll trace it with a pencil.

 

Re-stamp the design any way you like! I tried to make it look like a larger coral plant in the corner of my towel.
I stamped the design a total of seven times (and could have done more).

 

Get out the red floss, your needle and hoop…

 

And stitch! I’m working in a back stitch here. An hour later…

A really lovely tea-towel with a dramatic design made from that one, little pattern.