Layered Embroidered Name

Hello One Artsy Mama readers.  I’m Nancy from Small Things with Love and I am thrilled to be here as a contributor.  Don’t ya just love Amy and her blog?  I do, and that is one of the reasons why I jumped at the chance to be a monthly contributor here.

Before I get to the project, here is a little bit about me, and about my blog.  I am the busy mommy of 2, both still in diapers.  One upon a time I taught high school English (like Amy), but now I am a full-time mommy.  On my blog I enjoy sharing about all things crafty, photography, about my family and our faith.  I specialize (if you can call it that) in fabric/felt/needlework projects, and that’s what I will be sharing with you each month.

Okay, enough about me.  On to the project!

Today I am sharing a simple project perfect for a gift for any occasion.  I stitched mine up for a baby gift.  It is a simple project that anyone with any level of needlework skill could accomplish (really).  There are just three basic step: Trace, Stitch, Trim.


Fabric for background (mine are patterned and single color)

Magic Marker

Embroidery Thread, Needle

Embroidery Hoop.

First of all, get your fabric together.  The cool part about this project is the layered element:  the top fabric is trimmed away after you stitch, leaving just a slight outline.  So, cut two rectangles of fabric and then move onto the first step: trace.  Based on the size of your embroidery hoop, lay out your words in a document on your computer.  Then, tape your fabric on top of your screen and trace.  As you can see, I have two pieces of fabric taped to my screen.

Next, stitch.  This is the most time-consuming step, but it only took me the car ride from Pittsburgh to Harrison, VA to complete it (while trying to keep two kids happy).  I used a satin stitch for this project.  A satin stitch is a long stitch that fills an entire area.  The stitch is really simple.  You simply come up at one side, and down on the other.  You can use satin stitch in various ways (see here, here and here) but for this project I used all horizontal lines, used 6 threads at once and just changed colors when I was done with a thread–allowing it to be on more than one letter.

And finally, trim:  Once all the letters are embroidered, take a scissors and carefully trim away all the fabric from that top layer that you can.  See below.

And…there you have it!  I love coming up with embroidery projects because with this simple idea the possibilities are ENDLESS.

Thank you, thank you to Amy for having me!  I will be back next month, but if you’d like to connect with me before that, well, I’d just love that!

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