Embroidered Heart

By  Linda Wyszynski  for  Wichelt Imports

size: 4-1/2"x4"


  • White wool felt, one sheet
  • White flannel, 5-1/2" square
  • DMC White Color Infusions Memory Thread
  • Kreinik Hibiscus Tapestry Braid #326, size 12
  • Wichelt Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads, 11/0: Garnet (00367), White (00479), Yellow Creme (02002)
  • YLI Corp. White Silamide, size A
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Supreme
  • White double-sided satin ribbon, 1/8"-wide, 10" length
  • White crocheted pre-gathered lace, 3/4"-wide, 13" length
  • Sewing thread: white, deep red


  • Needles: chenille #20, embroidery #5-7, beading #10
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • straight pins, ruler, white tissue paper, permanent black pen, fine tip, scissors, tweezers, toothpicks

Pattern - Embroidered Heart

  • 1. Print out pattern.
  • 2. Using pattern, cut out hearts: two felt, one flannel, one tissue paper. Set one felt heart aside for back. Transfer pattern onto tissue heart using black pen.
  • 3. Place flannel heart against back of main front heart; pin together. Center tissue pattern heart on front of main felt heart; pin together. Baste outside edges of all three layers together using white sewing thread; remove pins. (Note: Stitch through tissue paper and fabrics, checking on back side to ensure stitches pass through all three layers. Begin with knot in thread; tie off to end.)
  • 4. Couch stitch filigrees around edge of heart using braid with chenille needle to place braid along filigree line. Park needle/braid on next traced filigree. (Note: Leave braid loose along line, pulling braid down next to felt during couching.) Couch braid using deep red thread in embroidery needle. Proceed to next filigree, working around area.
  • 5. Work flowers in Lazy Daisy stitch. Using bead needle threaded with double strand of Silamide, bring needle up from back at base of one petal. Slide eight red beads onto thread. Go down next to where needle came up, pulling thread snug. Come up at tip of petal, slide on one red bead, cross over petal thread to separate petal beads into two groups of four, and place tie-down stitch.
  • 6. When all five petals are in place, come up in center circle and work five single bead backstitches using red beads next to petals within center circle. Come up from behind, slide bead on, and take needle down into fabric on left side of tip of bead. Pull thread taught and continue to next bead. When all five single red beads are in place, stitch one yellow bead in center of flower using same method. Repeat to complete remaining two flowers.
  • 7. Remove tissue paper and basting thread, using tweezers to remove any small shreds of paper. Avoid disturbing felt or beads. Pin lace to back of flannel side of stitched heart. Tack in place using small stitches made with white sewing thread along outer edge. Fold ribbon length in half, placing cut edges together to form hanger. Tack cut edges together of top "V" of heart.
  • 8. Tack reserved felt heart to back of stitched heart, tacking together along outside edge using small stitches. Leave opening along left side just before bottom point of heart. Stuff heart until slightly puffy; stitch opening closed.
  • 9. With double strand of Silamide, use netting stitch around edge of heart. Start at bottom tip of heart and work counterclockwise. For first swag, use nine beads, then eight beads for each following swag. Bring needle up from between layers of fabric, coming out on right front, 1/8" from heart edge. Pull thread to secure knot. Thread nine white beads, then stitch over approximately 1/2". Keeping 1/8" from edge, come up from backside, take needle down through last white bead in swag, and thread on eight red beads. Stitch over another 1/2". Come up from back side, take needle down through last red bead in swag, and thread on eight white beads. Continue around heart, alternating red and white swags. When returning to starting point, it may be necessary to tighten stitch to less than 1/2" so swag sequence ends with red beads.
  • 10. Cut 1-1/2" length of memory thread for flower tendril. Bend thread to make loop in center. Trim looped thread to overall length of 1/2". Using photo as guide, slide one end of wired thread under petal. Secure tendril along center loop and at both ends with fabric glue applied with toothpick.
  • Note
  • 1. It is important to pull bead threads snug, yet keep beads flat against fabric.
  • Tip
  • 1. If you have carpal tunnel or arthritis, consider beading with #10 Milliners Needles (like one by Richard Hemming & Son), found in quilt shops. These needles are thicker and easier to hold, yet still slide easily through beads without bending.