Today I thought it would be fun to experiment with all different kinds of way to embroider a heart. You use your beginner alone or in combination in an infinite number of ways. They are so quick and easy to add to a zipper pouch, clothing, bookmarks, napkins, hand towels, bibs and the list just goes on and on.
To get started, I printed out some small heart templates. If you search “free printable heart templates” you will see there are multitudes of options available. I wanted to use a red thread so I picked some unbleached muslin as my background fabric. I love the way a scarlet red looks on an off white background. It would be cool to try a black background with white and red. Pick your favorite color palette. If you want some great ideas, pinterest is a great place to search.
If I am using a thin light fabric, such as muslin, I like to add interfacing to the back of my fabric for added stability and less transparency.
In the above example, I traced the outline of the heart using the CHAIN STITCH. I’ll bet it would look cool filled all the way in, as well.
The TRELLIS STITCH is a lovely touch.
Look at the effect of something as simple as the BACKSTITCH layered inside each other in alternating colors. So simple yet striking.
A simple RUNNING STITCH!
I adore the look of a simple bunch of variegated FRENCH KNOTS. They look like tiny bundles of roses.
Now I really started having some fun.
A big WOVEN WHEEL in the middle with some tiny seed stitches to create this effect of a big red rose in the middle.
I recommend doing a bunch of hearts because the more you do, the more creative you will start to become.
Above I did some needle weaving on the left with french knots and some COUCHING on the right side of the heart. Get as crazy as you want to!
I could keep on going and going! There are so many great combos!
Hope you enjoyed and make some fun and unique little Valentine’s hearts!
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