Bloom

YOU ARE HERE! AWESOME!

I am literally so excited for each and everyone of you that are stitching the Bloom Embroidery Kit.  I totally believe that we all need to create every single day. We are created to create.  All the time. In all different forms. I'm just super jazzed up that you chose hand-embroidery as your next project. If you have any questions along the way, I really do hope that you reach out to me and email me at knottydickens@gmail.com.  Make sure to tag me in your photos on social media. Good luck and happy stitching! <3 Kayla

Welcome

Welcome to the Bloom Hand-Embroidery Kit  by Knotty Dickens.

This pattern is filled with 7 different flowers and is made with 23 vibrant colors and 8 different stitches.  By the time you are finished, you will be extremely confident with your next embroidery project. I promise to take you step-by-step!

To be more environmentally friendly, I created this special webpage just for you.  Below you will find video tutorials, a step-by-step picture guide, special tips and tricks, and closeups.


 

Let's Start With the Basics

SUPPLIES

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Your kit includes the following items:

  • The pre-printed Bloom pattern on high-quality cotton
  • Embroidery needle
  • 8" embroidery hoop
  • Pattern guide
  • All 23 colors of DMC embroidery floss (if purchased)
  • Embroidery scissors (if purchased)

You will need the following supplies to finish your project:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Hot glue gun to frame your fabric inside your hoop.

HOOP IT

How To Put Fabric Inside Embroidery Hoop

Start by separating the rings of your embroidery hoop. Place your fabric on top of the inside hoop. After you’ve centered it, gently push the outer hoop down over the top and tighten with the screw. You can pull the fabric taut as you tighten.


STARTING AND FINISHING your thread

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When I stitch, I pull the thread from my fingers to my elbow (plus a few inches) because I don't want my thread longer than my elbow because it makes it hard to stitch with a long piece of thread. Turns out it is a little more than 12 inches.

After you’ve threaded your needle, knot your thread at the end to secure it and stop it from pulling through the fabric.

When you have finished stitching a color or flower, you can knot off your thread on the back of your fabric to keep it secure.

Note: Knotting off your thread will keep your #hoopbutt looking fresh and clean. And it also conserves your thread. 


how to TRANSFER PATTERN to your fabric

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Transfer Pattern to Fabric Tutorial with Pencil Hand Embroidery

I included 3 different text options for you inside of your kit: bloom, wildflowers, and bloom where you are planted. (All of these hand-lettering is made by Kristen Rosas.) Of course, you can transfer any text (or picture) that you would like using the same technique. 

When putting your fabric in the hoop, put the fabric in backwards. That way when you lay your fabric down, it will be laying against the pattern. Make sure your fabric is pulled taut.

Transfer the pattern using a lead pencil. You can erase any marks that are still visible when you are done stitching your piece.

OR

Transfer it by using a water soluble transfer pen. Once you are done stitching, rinse the fabric under cold water to make the ink disappear. I leave my fabric inside the hoop when I get my fabric wet so I do not have to iron afterwards.

I turn my fabric right-side-out after I have finished tracing.


FRAMING your work inside an embroidery hoop

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This pattern was designed to be framed directly into your 8” embroidery hoop.

To begin, make sure the fabric is taut in the hoop.  (If you washed your fabric, make sure that it is completely dry.)  Cut the fabric close to the outer edge of the wooden hoop, leaving less than 1/2 inch of fabric. Use your hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the inner side of the hoop.

 



STITCH TUTORIALS

In this pattern we use 8 different stitches.

  1. Straight Stitch
  2. Seed Stitch
  3. Lazy Daisy Stitch
  4. Satin Stitch
  5. Reverse Split Stitch
  6. Back Stitch
  7. Woven Wheel Stitch
  8. Stem Stitch

Here's a short and simple video of all 8 stitches that we use on this pattern.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fksWWlEYoOQ[/embed]


 Step-by-step picture guide

Along with the video above, I hope this step-by-step picture guide will guide you to success!

star flower

The star is made up with 5 straight stitches.

Straight Stitch Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric.

And the stem is made with back stitch.

Back Stitch Instructions:

  1. Make one straight stitch.
  2. Then bring your needle up through the fabric ,about the length of grain of rice away.
  3. Then bring your needle down through the fabric , sharing the same hole as the original straight stitch.
    You are literally bringing your stitch back against the straight stitch. 


 Roses

The roses are made with the woven wheel stitch.

Woven Wheel Instructions:

  1. Start it by making a 5-pointed star (just like the ones above) with straight stitches.
  2. Bring your needle up through the fabric as close as you can to the center.
  3. Then you will start weaving thread over and under the legs of the star. Continue weaving until all the legs of the star are covered.
  4. Bring your needle back down through the fabric.

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The stem and foliage underneath the rose-head is made with straight stitches.

Straight Stitch Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric.

The leaves are lazy-daisies.

Lazy Daisy Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric in the same hole that came up.
  3. Don't pull the thread tight. Leave a loop.
  4. Then bring your needle up to the top of the petal.
  5. Loop the thread around the needle.
  6. Pull the thread tight.
  7. Push the needle back down through the fabric, right behind the thread, to secure it.


 Poppies

The poppies are made with satin stitch. Satin stitch is just a series of straight stitches - imagine you are coloring with thread.

I color in the petals and polled with satin stitch.

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The stems of the poppies are made with a reverse split stitch.

Reverse Split Stitch Instructions:

1. Start by making one straight stitch.
2. Then bring your needle up through the fabric about the length of a grain of rice.
3. When you bring your needle down, split the threads of the original straight stitch.
4. Then bring your needle up through the fabric about the length of a grain of rice.
5. When you bring your needle down, split the threads of the last stitch. *This will create the illusion of a braid.

On your pattern, there are no leaves for the poppies. This was intentionally left off so that you could use a little bit of your imagination for the leaves. You can use my picture below for a great reference. 


Ranunculus

The entire flower is made out of stem stitch.

The flower head is made out of a stem stitch that is going in a circle.

Stem Stitch Instructions:
1. Bring the needle up through the fabric.
2. Bring the needle back down through the fabric BUT keep it loose.
3. Bring your needle up in between the previous stitches.
4. Loop your thread around the needle.
5. Tighten your thread by pulling up.
6. Repeat

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The stem of these flowers is a stem stitch.

[embed]https://youtu.be/fwWyqaaHZvk[/embed]


 Peonies

Pictures and video tutorial coming very soon. 

The flower petals are made out of lazy daisy stitches that are layered on top of each other.

Lazy Daisy Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric in the same hole that came up.
  3. Don't pull the thread tight. Leave a loop.
  4. Then bring your needle up to the top of the petal.
  5. Loop the thread around the needle.
  6. Pull the thread tight.
  7. Push the needle back down through the fabric, right behind the thread, to secure it.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfo2mpG8fv4&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

All of the foliage  is made out of straight stitches.

Straight Stitch Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric.

HYDRANGEAS

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The flower petals are lazy-daisies.

Lazy Daisy Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric in the same hole that came up.
  3. Don't pull the thread tight. Leave a loop.
  4. Then bring your needle up to the top of the petal.
  5. Loop the thread around the needle.
  6. Pull the thread tight.
  7. Push the needle back down through the fabric, right behind the thread, to secure it.

The leaves are filled with a satin stitch.

Satin Stitch Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric.
  3. Repeat.
  4. Fill in the space with straight stitches over and over.

The leaves are outlined in a back stitch.

Back Stitch Instructions:

  1. Make one straight stitch.
  2. Then bring your needle up through the fabric ,about the length of grain of rice away.
  3. Then bring your needle down through the fabric , sharing the same hole as the original straight stitch.
    You are literally bringing your stitch back against the straight stitch. 

Heather

Pictures and video tutorial coming very soon. 

The flowers and leaves are made out of lazy daisy stitches.

Lazy Daisy Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric in the same hole that came up.
  3. Don't pull the thread tight. Leave a loop.
  4. Then bring your needle up to the top of the petal.
  5. Loop the thread around the needle.
  6. Pull the thread tight.
  7. Push the needle back down through the fabric, right behind the thread, to secure it.

The stem is made out of straight stitches.

Straight Stitch Instructions:

  1. Bring your needle up through the fabric.
  2. Bring your needle down through the fabric.

 


GRASS

Use any of the leftover green thread and stitch straight stitches along the bottom of the hoop.


TEXT

Use Back Stitch to embroider the text.



CREATIVE BUG

Do you have a creative bug? I do! When I start on a pattern, none of my
projects are identical. That’s the beauty of handmade but it’s also because I get that creative bug and use a variety of stitches other than what the pattern calls for. If it says back stitch, I may do split stitch. If it calls for a lazy daisy stitch, I may do a satin stitch. I encourage you to try out any embroidery stitch you may know or feel like doing!

If you want more flowers on this hoop than the pattern comes with, just keep stitching and don’t leave any blank space.

I can’t wait to see what you do with your hoop.

Happy Stitching,
Kayla Dickens
www.knottydickens.com