How to Design Your Own Embroidery

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Embroidery is a beautiful and nearly lost art. Embroidery adds a touch of elegance of times long gone and it makes anything personal. Designing your own embroidery makes your pieces all the more special.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Paper, 1/4-inch graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Design picture
  • Colored pencils
  • Print or sketch your basic design.

  • Transfer your design onto the graph paper. Draw in just the outlines and edges; don't worry about shading and color. Make two copies of the design.

  • Draw in the stitches you want to use on one of the copies. Use different colors for each type of stitch.

  • Make one more copy on graph paper and color the design. Color this copy as close to the colors of floss you will be using.

  • Use these three sheets as reference while you embroider.

  • Make your design exact on your fabric by taking your pencil drawing and turning it upside down. Tape it to a window and trace the design with an iron-on transfer pencil. Place the design (pencil side up) on the fabric, cover with a towel and iron. Now you should have an exact copy of your design stamped onto the fabric.

  • Embroider away and enjoy your very own unique design.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have graph paper, use your ruler to create 1-inch squares and then sketch in your design.
  • Copying anyone's design is plagiarism. Use your imagination to create your own beautiful artwork.


  • Photo Credit Jeanette Chadwick

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