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Sweethearts Embroidery

Stitch this sweetheart couple hand embroidery design and make a heart shaped frame to go with it.


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Sweetheart Embroidery and Frame

Sweethearts Embroidery Design & Frame
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February 2000


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Materials Needed for Embroidery:
  • Sweetheart Pattern
  • Muslin or Other Fabric
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Needle & Scissors
  • Transfer Pencil
  • Pattern - Click here
  • Iron
  • Floss:
    • 221 - Mouths, hearts
    • 301 - Girl's hair
    • 610 - Boy's hair
    • 676 - Dog
    • 727 - Flower petals
    • 772 - Girl's dress, hair ribbon, dress flower centers
    • 776 - Girl's dress flowers
    • 930 - Boy's pants, love
    • 945 - Faces, arms, girls legs
    • 3363 - Boy's shirt, grass
    • 3371 - All eyes, dog's nose, flower center

This pattern uses the following embroidery stitches: Backstitch, Lazy Daisy, French Knot, and Satin Stitch. If you don't know how to do any of these stitches Click Here for an instruction page.

Embroidery Information:

  • To transfer design pattern use one of the following methods: Hot iron transfer pencil or Dressmaker's carbon paper
  • Use double thickness of muslin and other light fabrics.
  • Secure fabric in a wood embroidery hoop.
  • Stitch using three strands of floss.
  • Three different stitches are used in this design: Backstitch, Lazy Daisy, French Knot, and Satin Stitch.
  • When finished, prepare the picture to fit in the frame by centering the picture over a piece of thin cardboard 5" x 5 1/2". Fold the edges over the cardboard tightly, one at a time, and glue in place.


Materials Needed for Frame:
  • Cardboard, 1/8" thickness - Use for Frame Pattern
  • Scissors or knife
  • Glue gun
  • Fabric
  • Polyester filling
  • Ribbon 8 to 12 inches long
  • Accessories

Frame Instructions:

  • Cut 2 pieces of cardboard according to the frame pattern, 7" x 7 1/8"
  • For the front piece, draw the heart from the pattern onto the cardboard, and cut it out
  • Using the frame pattern, cut out two pieces of fabric:
    • For the front, extend all the edges of the pattern 1 1/4" and cut.
    • For the back, extend all the edges of the pattern 1/2" and cut.

Back:

  • Lay the smaller piece of fabric out, wrong side up.
  • Center the back piece of cardboard onto the fabric square.
  • Fold the 1/2" fabric allowance over the cardboard edge of one side and glue.
  • Do the same to the opposite edge and be sure to pull the fabric a little to make it tight.
  • For the top and bottom edges, turn in the corners as shown and glue, then fold over and glue.

Front:

  • Lay the larger piece of fabric out, wrong side up.
  • Center the front piece of cardboard onto the fabric square.
  • Inside the cut-out heart shape, draw a line 1/2" from the edge and cut along the line.
  • Make cuts in the fabric at points and corners up to 1/8" from the cardboard edge. (approx every inch)
  • Fold each separate segment of fabric over the cardboard and glue. (Start at the bottom point and work evenly with both sides at the same time.)
  • Turn the front piece over.
  • Starting with the bottom of the frame, put a small amount of polyester filling between the fabric and the cardboard.
  • Fold the fabric edge over the cardboard tightly and glue.
  • Do the top the same way.
  • Before doing the sides, fold in the corners as you did previously for the back, glue.
  • Now finish each side by evenly distributing filling and folding the fabric over the cardboard, hold tight and glue.

Finishing:

  • Take frame back and turn it wrong side up.
  • Glue the ends of the ribbon to the top corners of the frame back. (these ends will become hidden with next step)
  • Run a generous line of glue around the two sides and bottom of the frame back.
  • Place the frame front onto the frame back, wrong sides together, and apply pressure. (Be careful that all the edges line up before gluing the pieces together.)
  • Add Accessories to the frame.


Done!
Use the frame for any picture.

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