Beautiful Embroidery Projects

Turn ready-made basics into prettily patterned heirlooms with vibrantly hued silk ribbon embroidery.

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    Pretty Embroidered Heart Table Runner

    Enhance your home decor by embellishing a damask runner with hearts and flowers. A water-soluble pattern supplies a wash-away foundation for this charming composition of French knots and lazy daisy stitches.

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    Table Runner Detail

    For the table runner, one-wrap French knots stitched in pastel pink add punctuation points of interest around deeper rose-hue flowers sculpted from six to eight lazy-daisy petals and French-knot centers. Green silk lazy-daisy leaves complete the heart shape, and silk-twist-thread stems at the base of the heart fill out the botanical grouping.

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    Monogram Embroidered Pillow

    Promote signature style with an oh-so-dainty floral-spray monogram. Use a Victorian-style initial rubber stamp to create a pillow-top template for embroidered ribbon roses, buds, and leaves. Sweeten the view with a smattering of tiny pearls.

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    Detail of Pillow

    A teal pillow beautifully showcases a chromatic cascade of diverse flower shapes that form the S. Pink and mauve stitched roses highlight the center of the letter. Bell-shape and multiple-petal blooms in pink, blue, and mauve ribbon follow the letter's curves. Petite buds, rendered with French knots, line up along embroidered stems sprouting ribbon-stitched leaves.

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    Pansy Embroidered Napkin

    Fresh-faced pansies add touches of good cheer to these special-occasion napkins. These pansies are stitched through a water-soluble pattern. Place the fabric and pattern in an embroidery hoop to stabilize the stitching surface, which will make it easier to create the straight-stitch ribbon petals, French-knot flower centers, and smaller ribbon and silk-thread details.

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    Detail of Napkin

    Flowers are always pretty, but the lushly embroidered greenery gives these napkins a realistic air. Applying two different colors of green ribbon with a ribbon stitch adds lifelike dimension to the leafy sprigs that radiate out from the pansies. Meandering stem stitches, sewn with silk-twist thread in two shades of green, supply stemlike supports for smaller blooms and leaves.

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    Posy Embroidered Cocktail Coaster

    Gussy up linen cocktail napkins with rings of posies stitched along the hemstitch edge.

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    Detail of Coaster

    Using variegated silk-twist thread, stem-stitch a circle on each corner of the napkin and midway on each side. Finish each circle with straight-stitch flowers and leaves to create wreaths.

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    Furnishings with good bones but bad skin can be easily updated with fresh fabric. We show you basic upholstery techniques to get your furniture looking fashionable with this chair upholstery project.
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