Yellow Butterfly Embroidery Pattern

Just released in my Etsy Shop you will find the pattern tutorial for this Yellow Butterfly

Yellow Butterfly, Embroidery Pattern Tutorial, PDF Digital Download, Hand Embroidery, Butterfly https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/697183732/yellow-butterfly-pdf-digital-instant?ref=shop_home_active_4

Although the design is quite complicated, the pattern comes with 20 steps accompanied by photographs instructing you clearly on how to embroider each step. Even if you’re new to embroidery this pattern takes you through each step and is mainly built up of Satin Stitch and Long and Short Stitch.

The in depth guide shows you how to transfer your image onto fabric, although I do cover this in my blog post here and which fabrics and threads to pick. There is also a guide on how to finish off your embroidery hoop once you have finished the embroidering the pattern.

If you’re just getting started in Embroidery you can read my blog post here Getting started in Embroidery

Getting started in Embroidery

Embroidery Material Lists. Getting started in Embroidery. Georgie K Emery

When I first became interested in embroidery back in 2017 I struggled to find the right resources and information I needed on materials to get started. You can purchase material starter packs to get you going but I hope this quick guide may be useful to those of you navigating your way through the start of your embroidery journey.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Fabric

Materials, linen. Getting started in Embroidery. Embroidery Materials. Georgie K Emery

I’m frequently asked what material I use in my embroidery, I personally prefer to embroider on Linen, I do like using cottons but 90% of the time its on Linen. My favourite linens are the Robert Kaufman Essex Linen collection, I love the quality and colour options. The colours all have a natural earthy feel to me and no brassy tones which I find with some cotton collections.

Here are some links to my ‘Go to Colours’ which if you follow my Instagram you will see in use frequently.

Natural

White

Blossom

Light Blue

Grey

Ivory

Threads 

There are lots of different thread companies out there, most common are DMC and Anchor threads. I personally haven’t strayed from using DMC threads since I first found them although I have used Anchor threads in the past. DMC have a huge variety of thread types and colours, the most common is their ‘Stranded Cotton’ range which comes in 500 colours to chose from, and are also six stranded and grouped into whats known as a ‘Skien’ Take a look at their website for their full colour range.

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However if you’re like me when I was just starting out you may find picking out of 500 colours difficult, you can buy mini Starter Packs which will give you a selection of basic colours to get you going until you find your favourites and get some momentum going in your thread collection.

To assist in your thread collection you can purchase thread organisers to help keep your threads neat and in order, I find these also help when I’m deliberating on which shades and colours to use as you can see them all immediately in front of you. The one I have linked also includes 100 bobbins to wind your thread on.

 

Thread organiser, material lists. Getting started in Embroidery. Georgie K Emery

You can find all sorts of inventive ways to wind your thread onto your bobbin but there are cheap tools out there which can help you.

Embroidery Hoops 

Picking an Embroidery hoop will depend largely on what project you’re working on. If you have purchased a pattern you should have received a list of materials which will also tell you which size hoop you need. I do have my ‘go to’ sizes which are 6 inch, 7inch and 10 inch. Typically I use these sizes the most.

Picking the right embroidery hoop is very important and shouldn’t be overlooked, you need a high quality hoop which will grip your fabric tightly so you can get the tension right when you’re embroidery. Nobody likes a puckered fabric.

Embroidery Hoop Stands

This certainly isn’t a necessity if you’re just starting out, however I have had lots of questions recently asking me where I have got mine from so I wanted to include a quick link. Embroidery hoop stands are really helpful as they hold your work leaving you two hands while you embroider, you may find this helpful you may not. I use my embroidery stand for when I’m filming mainly.

 

Needles and Scissors 

As with the embroidery hoops, the size of the needle will depend on the project you’re working on. Needles come in lots of different sizes and your better off purchasing a multi pack so you can find the best size for you. Although it does help if you change the needle size to the size of the project you’re working on, but we all have a favourite needle and sometimes I do have to remind myself to change sizes so I can get the best result.

Scissors: You don’t need fancy scissors to start with, but they will need to be sharp. There are lots of options and designs out there, I’m personally love the vintage looking ones these are from ‘Warm Crochet’ 

Scissors Embroidery Material Lists. Getting started in Embroidery. Georgie K Emery

These ones are in their ‘Elizabeth’ style and if you enter ‘GKE’ at the check out you will get 10% off. (I’m not paid for this link, I was kindly gifted a pair which I like ALOT alot…!! and I was offered a discount code to give out to you all) 

 

Lastly… Pens!

 

For so long I transferred all my designs onto fabric using a gel pen, there was nothing wrong with this method but it did mean I had to make sure I covered all pen marks with my embroidery and didn’t allow for any incorrect marks! About 6 months after I started stitching I came across water soluble pens and I can honestly say I have never looked back. They make transferring the pattern so easy and I can relax knowing if I make a mistake I can easily wash it out. You obviously do have to rinse the fabric under water when you have finished embroidering but in most cases you do this any way to get out any increases in your finished piece when you take it out of the hoop. They do have a larger nib so if you’re looking to transfer super fine details these may not be the pens for you. There are other options such as the Friction & Heat erasable pen which I  have read so much good stuff about.

 

I hope you find this guide helpful, please let me know if there’s something you find useful that you think I have missed from the list. 

 

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How to transfer your Embroidery Pattern on to Fabric (without a lightbox)

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Step 1

Cut out your printed pattern and your fabric. Hoop your fabric as normal and place your pattern face down on the hooped fabric, tape the edges of the paper down onto the fabric to stop it from moving around. Its such a pain when you’re trying to trace a pattern the pattern moves and you have to line it all up again, so make sure its nice and secure!

 

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Step 2

It doesn’t have to be a sunny day (but it helps) take your hoop and your taped pattern and hold it up to a window, you will be tracing the pattern to the inside of the hooped fabric but that’s ok because we will switch it around later. I tend to use a water soluble fabric pen which I can rinse out after I’ve finished my embroidery or if I make any mistakes – which is what I’m using here. Hopefully you can see the pattern taped to the fabric clearly and you’re able to trace the design.

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Step 3

Ta Da! You’ve finished tracing the pattern and hopefully you’re happy with the result

 

Embroidery pattern transfer to fabric tutorial

Step 4 

Take away the pattern which you had taped to the back and take the fabric out of the hoop. Turn it around and pop it back in your hoop the right way around and secure it tightly so its like the surface of a drum. Great now you’re ready to get stitching!

If you would like to purchase any of my embroidery patterns which are suitable for beginners and all levels of stitching you can do so here

Summer Blooms Embroidery Pattern

The pattern for this design can be found in my here in my Etsy shop. Its a pattern that’s fun and suitable for beginners! The stitches you will learn are Satin Stitch (my personal fave), Brick stitch, French knots and Chain stitch. The pattern includes a list of materials used and recommendations.  Below is an example of the stitch guide

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You can use any type of fabric for embroidery, I personally like to use cotton or linen with my favorites being ‘Kona Cotton’ or Robert Kaufman Linen. Its great fun to experiment with different coloured fabric and I’ve tried this design out on Robert Kaufmans ‘Willow’ (in the picture above) ‘Blossom’ and ‘Ivory’.

I simply love this pattern, its such an enjoyable piece to embroider and I think it makes a lovely accessory to the home. People often ask me what you’re ‘supposed to do’ with your finished embroidery hoops.. display them! I think they look great with hung up on a hook, or you could get fancy and hang them with hooks and a chain or just simply on a mantle piece or add some colour to a shelf!

Let me know how you get on with this design if you give it a try!

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My first Post

I have always been in awe of other who have the time, dedication and creativity to write a blog.. and maintain their consistency in their content updates. I figured since I have started embroidering and setting up my own Instagram account solely to share my designs I thought, if I, Georgie Kate Emery can do that, then why not try something else I never thought I would do..like a blog!

So TA DA… I’m now wondering what I’m going to fill all this blank spac

e with.. and who on earth is going to be interested? But, this is no different to my fears before starting my little embroidery page, so I’m just going to see where we end up.

My ideas for this blog is to explain the background behind my pieces and when I can find the time (when I’m not sitting at my desk during my day job and I’m not sitting on my sofa busily embroidering during ‘my night job’) hopefully get some tutorials and processes on here for you lovely lot.

I have included a favorite little piece of mine, the ‘a Paisley Butterfly’ to kick things off. If you have any questions about this piece please feel free to contact me.