You will need (For our size project – you can obviously go much bigger if you’d like!)
5” Embroidery Hoop Piece of plain fabric 20cm x 20cm
(we’ve used white but could look great with a sky blue!)
Piece of Felt 20cm x 20cm
X6 Different colours of embroidery thread
Tools and Equipment:
Embroidery needle, sharp scissors, Tailors chalk / erasable pen,
Let’s get Making!
Press your fabric into your hoop – make sure it’s nice and tight a bit like a drum!
Draw on your rainbow *Top Tip!* Find a rainbow shape on your laptop or computer, whack the brightness up and lay your fabric over the screen. Trace the rainbow onto your fabric!
Measure out our thread to 50cm, then split your thread in half so you’re using 3 of the inner threads at a time – makes for easier stitching into fabrics and make your thread last twice as long!
We’re using our colours in this order (from outside to inside) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple but feel free to mix things up and make it even more colourful! Also using a different stitch for each line of the rainbow, however you could always use the same stitch for each or
- The Red line – chain stitch.
- Orange – Couching
- Yellow – Running Stitch
- Green – Stem Stitch
- Blue – Back Stitch
- Purple – French Knots
Now to neaten up the edges of your fabric. Keeping your fabric in it’s hoop (You may want to pop it out and then re-stretch it so it’s nice and tight again) cut your fabric into a circle roughly 1 inch larger than your hoop. Grab a needle and thread and do a large running stitch around the edge of the circle (not too close to the edge about 5mm from the edge. When you get back round to the beginning of your running stitch pull your thread and it will gather the fabric to the back of your hoop! Knot in place.
Next grab your felt and cut it into a circle slightly smaller than your hoop – an easy way to do this is to draw around the hoop onto your felt and then cut it inside of the drawn line.
Either Glue or stitch your felt onto the back side of the hoop.
There you have it! Please let us know how you got on with this project and if you share on social media tag us in with #bunyippotm so we can see them!
If you’re unsure of any of the stitches keep an eye out for another blog post coming.