If you’re working on one of our DIY kits, here are some tips for starting and finishing your piece.
First, embroidery floss is compiled of six strands. You can separate the strands out for thinner lines, or use the whole 6 for thick lines. For these designs, pull two strands from the six. Ideal floss length is up to you, but about arm’s length is usually good. Too short, and you have a lot of stopping and starting with new strands. Too long, and you’ll get tangles and knots while you’re working.
This is how I like to thread a needle with my embroidery floss:
This is how I like to create my basic back stitch:
This is how I finish a line of stitches:
This is how to make snowflakes / stars:
When you’ve finished stitching the entire design, and you’ve secured your floss by either threading it under previous stitches on the backside of the fabric, or you’ve tied knots, you can do a couple of things to finish the hoop.
You can trim the excess fabric and call it a day! This leaves the back stitching exposed, but if you plan to hang your piece, no one will be able to see the back.
You can gather and sew the excess fabric together, behind the piece, pulling it tight and securing it with a knot.
You can un-hoop your piece, place another piece of fabric behind it to cover the back, re-hoop it with the extra layer (make sure you center it again), and trim the excess (or leave the small buffer and hot glue the extra down inside the hoop). Some people use a fun printed fabric for the back as a cute, unexpected pop of color.
You can sew or hot glue a piece of felt to the back, or even put card stock, cut to size, in the back. Hang your piece on a wall, place it on a bookshelf, or decorate your Christmas tree!