Monthly Archives: January 2014

Homemakery How to: Valentine Embroidery Hoopla

Valentines Embroidery Hoopla

With Valentines Day just around the corner this cute embroidery hoop incorporates sweet embroidery with needle felting to create a gorgeous Valentines hoopla which can be displayed all year round.

Ingredients

9 inch embroidery hoop
Beige linen measuring 12 inch by 12 inch
Prym Mark & Erase Pen
Red & Pink Natural Wool Roving
John James Cross Stitch & Embroidery Needles – Embroidery Size 7
DMC Embroidery Thread Pack – Flower Garden & WhiteEmbroidery Threade
2 Red Buttons
1 FQ - Sevenberry Light Pink Ticking 
Red Stripe Ribbon 16mm
Glue

Love You Always Embroidery Pattern (click to download)

Tools

Needle Felting Pen
Needle Felting Mat
Clover Rose Needle Felting Mold

Instructions

1. Download the Love you always embroidery pattern by clicking on the link above and print out onto A4 paper.

2. Trace your design onto your linen using the Prym mark and erase pen. The simplest way to do this is to washi tape your design and linen to a window then trace over the outline with the pen.

3. Next needle felt the hearts, if you don’t want to needle felt sew on some felt or simply embroider around the hearts, its up to you! If you are needlefelting use the Clover Rose mold and pink and red natural wool roving and needle felt onto the linen. If you are new to needle felting see our beginners guide to needle felting blog post for a step by step guide.

Tracing & needle felting

4. Next begin the embroidery:

Valentines Embroidery Hoop

  • for the Love You Always text we backstitched using red DMC embroidery thread 817, each stitch measures c.4mm long.
  • for the green leaves we used back stitch for the stem and lazy daisy stitch for each leaf in green DMC embroidery thread 954.

Leaves & Lettering

  • For the flower we backstitched around each petal in blue DMC embroidery thread 813.
  • For the little stars we stitched 4 straight stitches crossing in the middle in white DMC embroidery thread Blanc
  • We customised our needle felted hearts by stitching initials on the small hearts and outlining the larger heart in straight stitch.

Embroidered Needle Felted Hearts

5. Sew two small buttons in the centre of your flowers and your embroidery is complete!

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6. Now to decorate your hoop. Cut your fabric into 1 inch strips about 15 inches long, you will probably need around 4 or 5 strips. Place some glue on the inside of the hoop, pva or craft glue will work fine. Stick the end of one strip to the glue and holding it in place keep wrapping it tightly around the hoop until you come to the end of the strip. Secure the end to the inside of the hoop with some glue, apply more glue to the inside of the hoop take the next strip and repeat until you finish wrapping your hoop.

Covering embroidery hoop with fabric

7. Leave your hoop to dry and trim off any loose threads. Put your finished embroidery back into your hoop and cut off any excess fabric. You can also back your embroidery with some felt at this point to hide the back.

8. Tie your ribbon onto your hoop with a big bow and your Valentines Embroidery Hoopla is complete!

Completed Valentines Embroidery Hoop

Happy Stitching!

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Crochet Colour Palette: Classic Cath

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

I’m a humungous Cath Kidston fan so it was only a matter of time before Crochet Colour Palette had to pay hommage to the floral queen herself! This first Cath Kidston inspired Crochet Colour Palette, Classic Cath, uses the traditional bright Cath Kidston colours: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Pink.

Crochet Colour Palette: Classic Cath - The Homemakery

This weeks Classic Cath inspired Crochet Colour Palette uses bright Cath Kidston inspired yarn from Rico Creative Cotton Aran, a super value cotton yarn.

Red Red (05), Yellow Light Yellow (63), Green Light Green (40), Aqua Turquoise (36),  Pink Candy Pink (64)

You can find the whole Classic Cath yarn pack with 10% off here

Crochet Colour Palette: Winter Beach

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

This weeks Crochet Colour Palette is inspired by a bracing walk on a winters breach. Dark and bright blue paired with yellow, cream and green.

Crochet Colour Palette: Winter Beach

This weeks Winter Beach Crochet Colour Palette uses beachy coloured yarn from Rooster Almerino DK, a superbly soft yarn made from baby alpaca and merino wool.

Green Gooseberry (207), Dark Blue Caviar (206), Blue Beach (217) Yellow Custard (210), Cream Cornish (201),

You can find the whole Winter Beach yarn pack with 10% off here

Crochet Colour Palette: Perfectly Preppy

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

This weeks Crochet Colour Palette is inspired by fresh clean coral and turquoise paired with classic navy, white and beige. Together I think you’ll agree they are Perfectly Preppy! We are big fans of Rico Baby Classic DK, they have such a pretty colour palette, definitely worth checking out when you are planning your next crochet project.

Perfectly Preppy Crochet Colour Palette

This weeks Perfectly Preppy inspired Crochet Colour Palette uses classic shades from Rico Baby Classic DK, a fantastic acrylic DK.

Navy Navy Blue (15), Coral Melon (33), Turquoise Turquoise (025), Beige Greige (017), White White (001)

You can find the whole Perfectly Preppy yarn pack with 10% off here