Evening Exhale: A Family Heirloom

Family Embroidery Hoop

Last month’s embroidery project was a fun Super Bowl jersey (there’s still time to stitch it up, if you’re quick!), and this month is a special project that your family will love for years and years to come. This project started a long time ago when my sister mentioned that she wanted something for her living room wall but wasn’t sure what. After lots of ideas and drafts, we finally came up with the perfect design. Today I’m going to share it with you—I can’t wait to see your take on it!

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But first, some glamour shots!

Laisy Daisy Fern Embroidery

How sweet and simple is this?! I love embroidery framed in an embroidery hoop. It just makes sense!

Last Name Embroidery

Are you itching to make your own version of this?! Me too! Here’s how:

What You’ll Need:

You can download the design here for free! I would suggest saving your file as a .jpg or .png and then adding it to a word processor (like Microsoft Word). After that, you can add your name and date. If you don’t play with the scale/size of this file at all, it will print for an 8″ embroidery hoop.

Embroider the Fern Design

Ferm Embroidery Design

The first step is to embroider the design. I used a Stem Stitch on the banner and fern stems:

Stem Stitch Embroidery Guide

I used a simple Satin Stitch on the flowers and a Back Stitch for the lettering:


The fern leaves were made using a Lazy Daisy Stitch:

Laisy Daisy Embroidery Guide

Frame With An Embroidery Hoop

The next part is so simple and exciting! First, trace the small wooden hoop onto the felt. Cut the felt out on the line you drew and set aside.

Finishing an embroidery frame

Iron and starch your design. Make sure everything is nice and flat.

Flower and Fern Embroidery

Stain or wrap the outside of the hoop as desired. Make sure it’s dry and won’t get glue or stain on your fabric.

Place the embroidered design in the hoop. Center, tighten and fidget until it’s just the way you like it!

Embroidery Hoop Frame

Trim the excess fabric on the back to be about 2″ all the way around. Tuck it to the inside of the hoop.

Free Embroidery Design

With small dabs of fabric glue, glue the felt onto the back of the embroidery hoop. Make sure to get all excess threads and fabric tucked in between the back of the hoop and the felt.

How to use fabric glue

Tie a small ribbon to the metal workings on the hoop. This will give you something to hang the embroidery hoop on.

Show off your new family heirloom in the comments below! I’d love to see your take on this project, I might even feature it on next month’s Evening Exhale!

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