Coneflower Embroidered Journal
scissors, ruler, tweezers, straight pins, mechanical pencil, iron, ironing board, small paper plate
- Needles: embroidery, size 6; beading, size 10
- Fiskars: Softouch Craft Snips, rotary cutter, mat
- Wire cutter
- Prym-Dritz Quilter’s Tape, 1/4”-wide
- Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue
- Double-sided tape
- 1. Purchase the journal first, fabric second, thread third, and paper last to ensure complementary colors and designs. Adjust size of pattern and measurements if using a different journal. Use embroidery needle for embroidery stitches and beading needle to attach beads. Use double-strand of Silamide thread for all beading and single strand for basting. Begin basting with knot in end of thread and position knot on front side of fabric taking needle down to backside and coming up into the area to baste. Finish basting with two long straight stitches.
- 1. Print out patterns. Trace pattern onto tissue paper.
- 2. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut batik fabric and fusible fleece to 4-1/4”x5-1/4”. Use iron to press fusible fleece on back of fabric following manufacturer’s instructions.
- 3. Center tissue paper on fabric and pin in place. Use tan-colored sewing thread to baste around outer edge of tissue paper. Use 1 strand of DMC 469 Avocado Green to baste stems. Baste through both tissue paper and fabric/fleece. Use 1 strand of DMC 367 Pistachio Green-DK to baste around leaves. Use 1 strand medium brown sewing thread to baste around flower centers. Begin with knot in end of thread; position knot on front fabric for easy removal. To end thread, make one stitch on top of fabric and leave tail at end of thread.
- 4. Remove tan basting thread only. Gently pull away tissue paper from around basted design. Use tweezers to remove any small pieces.
- 5. Use wire cutter to cut three Green Memory Wire lengths for flower stems. Squeeze tiny amount of Fabri-Tac on paper plate; dip ends of cut wire in glue. Set aside to dry.
- 6. Use Olive Green Silamide thread with Dark Bronze beads and bead row stitch to fill in flower centers. Start at bottom left of center, working to right side and keeping bead row within basted line. On right side, turn work upside down and work back across area. Continue in this manner until basted areas are filled in.
- 7. Use 1 strand of DMC 469 Avocado Green with couching stitch to couch over wire stems. Begin next to beaded area, placing wire as close as possible to beads. Position wire over basted line and hold in place with opposite hand. Begin on top of stem next to beading and couch over stem, working downward. Position stem that leans to right last.
- 8. Use 2 strands of DMC 367 Pistachio Green-DK with lazy daisy stitch to work leaves. Position stitches inside basting so stitch covers basting thread.
- 9. Use 3 strands of DMC 3608 Plum-VY LT with lazy daisy stitch for petals. Vary length of stitches from 1/2” to 1/4”, referring to photograph for placement. (Note: The flower on the left has longest petal. Petals get shorter on sides. The fabric needs to remain flat so be careful not to pull stitches too tightly.) Begin in center of flower; bring needle out from back slightly under beads.
- 10. Remove basting threads around stitching.
- 1. Use rotary cutter and mat to trim fabric to within 1/4” of stitched work on all four sides.
- 2. Use craft snips to cut WireForm mesh 2” larger than fabric. Apply quilter’s tape along edges, folding it over to back side.
- 3. Apply piece of double-sided tape on center on back of fabric. Center fabric on mesh; press down to secure.
- 4. Use 2 strands of DMC 3846 Bright Turquoise-LT with blanket stitch to attach fabric to mesh. As you stitch fabric to mesh, pull stitches so flat part of blanket stitch is along bottom of fabric. Keep fabric straight along mesh. Use craft snips to cut mesh to within 1/4” of fabric on all four sides.
- 5. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut cardstock 2” larger than mesh. Apply double-sided tape on center on back of mesh. Center mesh on cardstock; press down to secure.
- 6. Use 1 strand DMC 3064 Desert Sand and backstitch to stitch over mesh to secure to cardstock. Use embroidery needle to punch holes in cardstock every four or five holes as you work along row. On corners, begin backstitches two holes in from right side and two holes in from top. As you punch holes, keep close to mesh you will be working over. (Note: It is important to hold mesh firmly against cardstock until first two sides are in place.)
- 7. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut cardstock to within 1/8” of mesh on all four sides.
- 8. Use Fabri-Tac to glue cardstock slightly below center of journal.
by Linda Wyszynski for Hearthside Creations