I am a long-time and devoted stitcher. One of the reasons I continue to stitch without growing bored is because needle and thread can be as powerful a creative medium as any. Some people paint, others draw or sculpt. I stitch. Today, I’m showing you how to make a fun and simple embroidery hoop decor piece.
Lately I have been enjoying experimenting with different ways to fill in a stitched space. I have always been attracted to the “messy stitching” look and there is no better time to celebrate the messy than Halloween when all things creeping and cobwebs are on our minds. So, here is a very simple idea for stitching up a quick scribble cat embroidery hoop decor piece. And like most stitching projects, very little is required in terms of supplies.
Supplies needed to make your own cat embroidery hoop decor:
- Wooden Embroidery Hoop.
- Black Embroidery Thread.
- Embroidery Needles.
- White Canvas Cloth.
- Laying Cat Template.
Stretch your white canvas material into your embroidery hoop. I used a 7″ hoop for my project, but any size will work. Then, draw the outline of your cat onto your cloth. I like to draw on my embroidery patterns with a pencil but you can also use a water-soluble pen if you’d like.
Once you have the outline of your cat drawn out, grab some black embroidery thread and a needle. Using 2 threads at a time make long stitches across the entire body of the cat and up the tail. Allow the stitches to overlap and look random while you work to gradually fill in the entire body of the cat. Have fun with this! I love that stitches will automatically form a straight line and create a geometric look that I think is really cool.
After you have the body of the cat filled in, thread your needle with 3 threads and back stitch around the outline of your cat. The back stitches should cover your pencil marks so you shouldn’t have to worry about cleaning the pencil off, but if any marks show through, clean them off.
There you have it! A simple embroidery hoop decor project with a modern spin. I have a whole collection of Halloween Themed Embroidery Hoops that I pull out each Halloween and I plan on adding this embroidery hoop decor cat to that display.
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.