How to Embroider Facial Expressions

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How to Embroider Facial Expressions
Amelia Strader

You don’t need to be great artist to add fun embroidered facial expressions to your craft projects. Keeping it simple is a good rule of thumb for this project. Cartoon-like expressions are great for beginners, and those with more experience can challenge themselves by adding more details.

Things You'll Need
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Things You'll Need

Tightly woven linen or cotton fabric Embroidery floss Embroidery needle Scissors Embroidery hoop White eraser

Sketch Your Ideas
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Sketch Your Ideas

Sketch your facial expressions on paper with a pencil. It’s very helpful to work out your ideas ahead of time before embroidering them on your final project.

Drawing on Fabric
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Drawing on Fabric

Iron your fabric to release any wrinkles. Place the fabric on a clean, flat work surface. Lightly draw a facial expression onto the fabric, using a sharp pencil. Use an ordinary eraser to remove any mistakes.

Embroidery Hoop
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Embroidery Hoop

Unscrew the embroidery hoop and separate the two rings. With the sketch facing up, center the fabric over the smaller inner ring. Fit the outer ring over the fabric and inner ring, pulling the fabric taught; tighten the screw to secure the fabric.

Backstitch
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Backstitch

Cut 18 inches of embroidery floss and separate into three strands, then thread your needle. Using the basic backstitch, embroider along the lines you drew for the mouth. Take your time and use short stitches, about ¼ inch or less.

Embroider Remaining Features
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Embroider Remaining Features

Use the backstitch to embroider along the lines you drew for the nose, eyes, and eyebrows.

Satin Stitch
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Satin Stitch

Fill in the pupil of the eye, using the satin stitch.

Erase Pencil Marks
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Erase Pencil Marks

Erase any visible pencil marks left on the fabric with a clean white eraser.

Angry Face
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Angry Face

Try embroidering different facial expressions, using the same stitches. An angry face can be expressed with eyebrows in a deep V, wide open eyes with pupils centered, and a tight straight line for the mouth.

Sad Face
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Sad Face

Make a sad face or worried face with downward slanting eyebrows, pupils looking down, and an upside down U for the mouth.

Sleepy Face
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Sleepy Face

Create a peaceful sleepy face with closed eyes, relaxed neutral eyebrows, and a closed straight line for the mouth. Add eyelashes for a more feminine look.

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