When I think of embroidery, the last thing I think of is cool. But Austin embroidery artist and author Jenny Hart has brought new life into the art of embroidery design with Sublime Stitching patterns. These embroidery patterns are totally happy and fun. I picked one up at Parts and Labor, a shop that features only local Texas handmade goods, and couldn’t wait to try it out. You can also get them on Jenny’s website: SublimeStitching.com.
How to use a Sublime Stitching Embroidery Pattern
What you’ll need:
- A Sublime Stitching pattern. You can order tons of embroidery designs online here: http://sublimestitching.com/patterns/all
- Something to embroider. You can purchase pre-made things from Sublime Stitching and other craft supplies stores or use our tutorial to make your own simple tea towel.
- Embroidery floss – there are rows of it at lost craft stores in tons and tons of colors
- A medium sized embroidery needle
- An embroidery hoop – one of those circle thingys to create tension on your fabric while working – this is important. Otherwise your project could pucker and not lay flat when complete.
Get Started Using Your Pattern:
These are iron on and can be used/imprinted up to 8 times per design. Set up your ironing station**note – put paper or something you don’t care about under your fabric to make sure you don’t imprint your ironing board…not that I mind the random birdie that now lives on mine :)** Pre-heat your iron to it’s highest setting without steam. Lay out your pieces to get an idea of what your design will look like before you make it permanent.Keep in mind the design will be reversed when applied to your fabric.
Once you are happy with it, turn it over so the printed side is touching the fabric and press firmly with your hot iron for about 8 seconds to transfer the design. When finished, it will look like this:
Now you can get the embroidery party started…Put your embroidery hoop around the imprinted area, making sure the fabric is tight and your hoop is too. This makes stitching easier and gives a much better finished result.
OK Lady, get stitching! Sublime’s patterns include well-written and totally un-stuffy instructions if you (like me) have never done this before. Basically, you start by bringing the needle up through the underside of the fabric, stitching back down through it, and coming back up, bringing your needle through the middle of your last completed stitch. this makes a really pretty rope-like pattern.
1. The designs are so cool and cute! You can find everything from pretty flowers to zombies and monsters – as they say…definitely not your Grandma’s embroidery! Sublime Stitching also has an “Artist Series” of designs — the pattern I used was created for them by Kurt Halsey – called Artist Series #1.
2. Jenny is an awesome teacher. Her instructions are very, very simple to understand. You will be stitching in no time!
3. These patterns allow embroidery designs to be imprinted more than once which means they can be used for multiple projects.
See all of the Sublime Stitching patterns on their website: http://sublimestitching.com/patterns/all