Designed by Heidi Palkovic
Embroider a happy daisy and insert it into a necklace pendant for a pretty accessory or perfect gift!
YOU WILL NEED:
- Rectangular necklace pendant (the pendant shown has a 3⁄4×13⁄4” opening)
- Sewing needle and thread
- Gray felt
- Chalk pencil
- Embroidery floss: green, yellow, gold
- Tapestry needle
- Crafts glue and small paintbrush
- Jump ring
- Jewelry tools
- Necklace chain
- Necklace clasp
1. Measure the opening of the necklace pendant. Using needle and thread, stitch a long running stitch onto the felt to the same dimensions. Note: By stitching the design area onto the felt before trimming, you will have more felt to hold onto while stitching. These stitches will be used as a guide for centering your embroidery and will be removed later.
2. Referring to the pattern, below, as a guide, lightly mark the flower stem and flower onto the felt with a chalk pencil, positioning it as desired inside the running-stitch design area. Take care to mark in areas that will be concealed by your stitching.
3. Use three strands of embroidery floss for all stitches. Refer to the pattern to stitch the design. For stitch diagrams and instructions, see Stitch Basics at the end of this blog. Chain-stitch the flower stem. Add lazy daisy stitches at the top of the stem to complete an eight-petal flower, leaving a small area unstitched for the flower center. Add three or four French knots in the flower center. Satin-stitch the leaves.
4. When all embroidery is complete, use scissors to trim the design to the pendant dimensions, cutting through the running-stitch lines. Remove any running stitches that remain.
5. Use a small paintbrush to coat the inside of the necklace pendant with a thin layer of glue. Lightly press the finished embroidery inside the pendant.
6. Attach a jump ring to the pendant. Cut the necklace chain into two pieces that equal the desired length. Attach one end of each chain to the jump ring, then attach the clasp to the other chain ends.
A simple stitch perfect for borders and outlines, this stitch resembles a dashed line.
To make a running stitch, pull the needle up at A and insert it back into the fabric at B. Continue in the same manner, loading several stitches on the needle at a time. Leave about a stitch’s width between stitches.
Versatile as a decorative stitch, outline, or border, this fun stitch is a series of loops joined together to resemble a chain.
To chain-stitch, pull the needle up at A, form a U shape with the floss, and hold the shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle back into the fabric at B, about 1⁄8” from A, and come up at C. Repeat for as many chain stitches as desired.
One loop, similar to the chain stitch, is tacked down with a tiny straight stitch.
To make a lazy daisy stitch, pull the needle up at A and form a loop of floss on the surface. Holding loop in place, insert needle back into fabric at B, about 1⁄16” away from A. Bring needle tip out at C and cross it over the trailing floss, keeping the floss flat. Pull needle and trailing floss until loop lies flat against the fabric. Push the needle through to the back at D to secure the loop.
This raised knot makes a nice dimensional accent when stitched alone, sprinkled throughout a design, or grouped together to fill a space.
To make a French knot, bring the needle up at A. Wrap the floss around the needle two or three times without twisting it. Insert the needle back into the fabric at B, about 1⁄16” away from A. Gently push the wraps down the needle to meet the fabric and then pull the needle and floss through the fabric slowly and smoothly.
When you want to fill an area with solid stitching, the satin stitch is the perfect choice and is recognized by its closely spaced straight stitches.
To satin-stitch, fill in the design area with straight stitches, stitching from edge to edge and placing the stitches side by side.