Embroidered Hand Towel

hand-towelDesigner: Sherri K. Falls

Update the look of cross-stitch with big, airy stitches on a plain hand towel.


  • Ivory linen hand towel (the towel shown is 18 14×26 34“)
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • 1″-wide orange gingham ribbon
  • Embroidery floss: orange
  • Embroidery needle
  • Cross-stitch pattern

1. Using a water-soluble marking pen and an acrylic ruler, mark a line 112” from bottom edge of towel.

2. Trim ribbon so it is 112” longer than the width of the towel. Center and pin ribbon to the line, turning ribbon ends under so the folded edge is flush with edge of towel.

3. Topstitch ribbon to towel along top and bottom edges of ribbon.

4. Fold towel in half lengthwise and crease fold. Using cross-stitch pattern, trace cross-stitch design to center of towel, positioning tallest column of Xs along center crease and aligning bottom row of Xs above ribbon. Trace pattern using a water-soluble marking pen.

5. Using six strands of embroidery floss and a cross-stitch, stitch the design.

6. Lightly mist fabric with water to remove visible water-soluble marking pen lines.


Stitch Chevron Art


Designer: Heidi Palkovic

Rich in texture and simplicity, an embroidered chevron design uses three different stitches to form these rows. Use all straight stitches, all backstitches, or all split stitches for each of the colored rows, and leave the white fabric background exposed for the white rows.


  • 10″-square of white linen
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • 8″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss: #961 pink, #3824 peach, #552 purple
  • Embroidery needle
  • 10″-square picture frame including a mat with a 412“-square opening
  • Double-stick tape
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Chevron embroidery pattern (get it here)


1. Using a light box or sunny window, trace the chevronembroidery pattern, above, onto white linen using a water-soluble marking pen.

2. Place linen in embroidery hoop, centering the traced design in the hoop. Pull fabric taut; tighten screw.

3. Use six strands of embroidery floss for all stitches, filling one section of each chevron at a time and making the stitches parallel to the outside lines of each chevron. See our basic stitch instructions here.

4.  Stitch the #961 pink chevrons with long straight stitches that extend the length of each straight portion of the chevron.

5. To stitch the #3824 peach chevrons, begin with a line of backstitches. Stitch the second row by staggering the backstitches with the previous row to get a brick-laying effect. Continue staggering rows of backstitches until the entire area is filled.

6. Fill the #552 purple chevrons with split stitches. Leave the white chevrons unstitched.

7. Remove fabric from embroidery hoop. Using a warm iron and working on wrong side, press finished embroidery. Trim fabric to 1″ beyond the embroidery.

8. Remove back and mat from picture frame. Place pieces of double-stick tape on the back of
the mat around all four sides of the opening.

9. Place the embroidery facedown on the back of the mat, centering the embroidery in the opening. Press the fabric edges onto the double-stick tape, pulling the fabric as needed to make the embroidery fit squarely in the opening. If needed, apply pieces of masking tape along the fabric edges for extra hold. Replace frame backing.

Feather Duo Wall Art


Designer: Elizabeth Stumbo

You might be hard-pressed to find feathers as beautiful as these on a nature hike, but you can enjoy bright colors and interesting patterns anytime as embroidered wall art.



  • 14×16″ piece of gray linen
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss: navy blue, dark coral, light coral, white, yellow, light blue
  • Embroidery needle
  • Foam-core board
  • 8×10″ picture frame
  • Light blue acrylic paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Embroidery pattern (download it here)


1. Using a light box or sunny window, trace embroidery pattern onto gray linen using a water-soluble marking pen.

2. Place linen in embroidery hoop, if desired, centering the fabric. Pull fabric taut; tighten screw.



3. Use six strands of embroidery floss for all stitches. Refer to the pattern to stitch the design. See our basic stitch instructions here.

4. Remove fabric from embroidery hoop. Using a warm iron and working on wrong side, press finished embroidery. 

5. Cut foam-core board to fit opening of picture frame. Place embroidery right side down. Center foam-core board on top of embroidery. Trim embroidery 2″ beyond foam-core board edges. Fold embroidery toward back of board and tape in place, starting in center of each edge, then working out. At each corner, fold edges neatly toward the back and tape in place.

6. Paint picture frame with light blue acrylic paint; let dry. Insert embroidery in picture frame.

All in Knots


Designer: Heidi Palkovic

Clusters of French knots in graduating shades of orange give a large covered button an ombré effect in the center of a velvet brooch.


  • 8″ square of ivory fabric
  • 1-7/8″-diameter covered button
  • Water-soluble fabric marking pen
  • 5″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • DMC embroidery floss: #920, #921, #3776, #3827, Ecru
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4×8″ piece of teal velvet
  • 4″ square of heavyweight interfacing (such as Pellon Peltex 70)
  • Pin back
  • Teal sewing thread
  • Flower pattern (download it here)

Assemble the Button:

1. Follow the covered button kit packaging instructions to create a template. Or use an acrylic covered button template, such as the one we used from Dritz (dritz.com). Trace template onto ivory fabric using a water-soluble marking pen. Mark a small dot at the center of the circle.

2. Center the fabric in the embroidery hoop, pull the fabric taut, and tighten the hoop.

3. Using three strands of #920 embroidery floss wrapped twice around the needle, stitch a French knot on the center dot. See our basic stitch instructions here.
4. Stitch a ring of French knots using #920 floss around the center knot. Continue adding rings of knots around the center knot until you have a cluster of knots that is approximately 3/8″ in diameter. End the stitches by inserting the needle under the stitches on the back side of the work and trim the thread ends.

5. Continue adding rings of French knots around the previous knots using progressively lighter colors, ending with ecru knots on the outside and when the embroidered area is about 1-1/2″ in diameter. Remove embroidery from hoop.

6. Refer to “How to Make a Covered Button,” to cut out and assemble covered button.

7. Use flower pattern and trace it onto white paper; cut out. Trace flower pattern twice onto the wrong side of velvet; cut out pieces. Trace the pattern onto heavyweight interfacing. Cut out the pattern approximately 1/4″ inside the traced lines.

8. Stitch the covered button to the center of one velvet flower shape.

9. With wrong sides facing, layer the two velvet flower shapes with the smaller interfacing flower shape in between and the raw edges aligned. Blanket-stitch the shapes together using three strands of #3827 embroidery floss. To blanket-stitch, see our basic stitch instructions hereNote: Make your blanket stitches short enough so the stitches do not go through the interfacing.

10. Stitch the pin back to the back of the brooch using teal sewing thread.


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A Mother’s Blessing Embroidery


Designer: Sarah Wright


A timeless and endearing piece, this heartwarming mother-and-child sampler is destined to become an heirloom.


  • 8-1⁄2×15″-wide oval wooden quilting hoop
  • 15×21″ piece of white 100% cotton fabric
  • DMC embroidery floss: #3821, #744, #3761, #807, #798, #304, #3806, #3713, #169, #168, #632, #436
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery pattern (download it here)


1. Using a light box or sunny window, lightly trace pattern onto white fabric using a sharp pencil. Place fabric in quilting hoop if desired, centering design inside opening. Pull fabric taut and tighten the screw.

2. Referring to color key on pattern for embroidery floss colors, complete solid lines using three strands of embroidery floss and a split stitch (including mother’s and child’s hair and faces, pillowcase, bunny ears, dress, loops on left-hand side of quilt, quilt edges, waves on right-hand side of quilt, and the word “blessed”). See our basic stitch instructions here.

3. Referring to color key for stitch motifs and stitches, stitch corresponding motifs on quilt in colors indicated.

4. Remove embroidery from hoop. Using a warm iron, press finished embroidery. Insert embroidery into hoop, centering design and pulling fabric taut.

5. When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line.

6. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.

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