Note: Remove the fabric from the hoop when you are not working on your project for a while to prevent creases in the fabric caused by the hoop. To prevent soiling your project, wash hands often.
2) To stitch the design, follow the list of stitches in the order as shown above.
Threading ribbon into the needle Slip the ribbon through the eye of the ribbon embroidery needle. Pierce the ribbon end, holding onto the needle pull the end until the ribbon is secure. See threading the needle illustration.
|Knotting the end of ribbon or floss Tie a knot at the end of the ribbon or floss to prevent the ribbon or floss from slipping out from the back of your fabric.
Ending the stitches When you run out of ribbon or floss or change colors, tie a knot or run the needle under a few stitches on the back of the fabric.
|French knots Work knots loosely with ribbon. Bring ribbon embroidery needle up from back of fabric at A. Wrap ribbon one or two times around needle. Slip needle back into fabric next to point A and slide ribbon wrapped around needle down close to where needle is inserted pull needle through fabric and a knot should form. See French knot illustration.
Spider web rose Using 2 stands of floss, bring embroidery needle up through back of fabric at A and down at B leaving a short loop on top of fabric. Bring the needle up at C, catching the loop and than go back down into fabric at D. Bring the needle back up at E and back down at C, than up at F and down at C. Finish off in back of fabric.This is the spider web you will work your ribbon stitches on.
Loop stitch Using ribbon, bring the ribbon embroidery needle up through fabric at A. Bring needle down at B to create a loop. To be more precise, insert a pencil through the loop and pull the loop snug around it. Make a circle of 5 loops as shown in photo. See loop stitch illustration.
|Loop stitch with bead Create a loop stitch with ribbon and finish off on back. With 1 ply of floss bring bead needle up at A and through middle of ribbon loop. Slip bead onto needle and slide down to loop. Bring needle back down into loop next to bead and back through fabric at A. See loop stitch with bead illustration.
Lazy daisy With ribbon, bring ribbon embroidery needle up through fabric at A and back down next to A forming a loop. Bring needle up through fabric at B. Pull ribbon loop until it is close to the ribbon at point B. Insert the needle at C into fabric next to top of loop. See lazy daisy illustration.
|Feather stitch Using 2 stands of floss, bring embroidery needle up through fabric at A, insert the needle through the fabric at B and C as shown creating a small loop. Wrap the loop under the pointy end of the needle. Pull needle through. To end stitch, bring needle down into fabric close to the bottom of the loop. See feather stitch illustration.
||Stem stitch Using 2 stands of floss embroidery needle up at through fabric at A. Go down at B and up at C as shown. Continue inserting needle through point B and C until desired length of stem. To end, insert needle into B and finish off on the back.
||3) Remove from embroidery hoop when completed.
4) Cut out your finished piece to fit the inside of your frame. If you would like to add more dimension place a piece of cotton batting behind the fabric before assembling.