Embroider a Winter-Theme Tea Towel as a Christmas Gift
Embroider a winter scene onto a pink flour-sack tea towel to create a pretty Christmas gift for a friend.
What You Need:
- Water-soluble marking pen
- Pink flour-sack towel
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery needle
- DMC embroidery floss: 1 skein each of white, brown (3863), dark green (367), light green (369), burgundy (815)
- White four-hole buttons: one 3/4 inch, one 1 inch
- Tree and snowman pattern
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How to Make It:
- Download the pattern from DIYideas.com/towel.
- Using a water-soluble marking pen, trace the pattern onto the towel, centered and 2-1/4 inches from the bottom (front) edge. Use a full strand of floss for all embroidery.
- Place the design in the embroidery hoop and then work white running stitches for the snow mounds, brown satin stitches for the tree trunk, and long, thin dark green cross-stitches across the width of the tree.
- Referring to the photograph, add five or six light green straight stitches diagonally over the cross-stitches (the stitches will get shorter as you work your way from the bottom to the top of the tree). Note: When working the tree, do not carry your embroidery threads across the back of your work.
- For the snowman, attach buttons at Xs on the pattern using embroidery stitches to secure them. Use burgundy cross-stitches in the holes of the large button. Use burgundy straight stitches for the mouth and brown French knots for the eyes in the holes of the small button.
- Carefully press the finished piece.