This week I want to give you a little tutorial on how to create this super cute cactus design! It’s a simple design which can be used to accessorise clothing or just as a pretty picture to frame. Using the techniques found here: https://gracesheldrick.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/embroideryadaywithgrace/ in my previous blog post you will be making beautiful designs in no time!
For this design you will need:
- a copy of the cactus design (however large you like)
- good quality tracing paper
- 6″ embroidery hoop and needles
- Fabric of your choice- I have used a lilac cotton blend.
- 3 green threads (various gradients), black thread and 3 bright colours for the flowers. I have used DMC threads: Black (310), Light Green (701), Mid Green (699), Dark Green (890), Pink (601), Blue (995), Yellow (743).
The first step is to transfer the outline of the Cactus design onto your chosen fabric. There are a few different ways this can be done but I have my own, slightly unique way of doing this.Copy the outline from the image below onto a piece of tracing paper using a thin black pen, then place the tracing paper over your fabric and pin down.
Now using one strand of embroidery thread (pick a colour that will blend into your design e.g green for the cactus) sew a split stitch around the outline of the design sewing through the fabric and tracing paper. Once this is complete you will be able to easily tear away the tracing paper leaving the outline on the fabric. Obviously this is just my own way of transferring a design, you can also free hand draw it onto your fabric or use some fabric transfer paper which is similar to tracing paper but for fabric. Personally I have found both of these options have problems but there is no harm in giving them a go.
Right, now you have your design its time to start sewing!
Start by threading up 3 strands of your dark green colour, starting in the second section of the cactus sew a satin stitch across ways working your way up the design. Make sure you only sew between the two lines you created earlier with the split stitch, this will give your cactus more detail. For a neat edge bring your needle up on the left of the split stitch line as close a possible and place it back down on the right of the other line. This will keep your stitches neat and give you a nice edge.
Repeat using your lightest colour for section three working (right to left). Finally using the mid green colour on the fourth section starting for the outside and working inwards (right to left). Then use the same mid green colour for section one, work from the outside working inwards (left to right).
Next up is the flower, lightly draw a petal design on the fabric using pencil. Fill this in with 3 strands of your chosen colour by working a satin stitch from the outside inwards. Add some details by using 2 strands of your bright colours. Super simple!
Finally is the pot and outline. I kept the pot design very simple, its just a case of going over your original outline in a thicker black thread. Using 2 strands of black sew a split stitch around the design. I like to outline my designs in black to bring out the colours and its a good way to hide some bad stitches! take 1 strand of black and go around the design, you can also use the thread to create the spikes of the cactus ( little cross stitches).
And…… BAM its all finished! To complete your Cactus you could add a nice frame, or if you want to add it to clothing I would suggest embroidering straight onto the fabric of your item.
Thank you for having a read! I would love to see your finished Cacti just add the #embroideryadaywithgrace. Hopefully you are able to follow my instructions! If you need any help please just give me a shout!
Have a good day! Happy Sewing!