A Simple Embroidery Project


I’m going to start this post with a massive disclaimer: I am 100% winging it when it comes to all things craft and specifically for this post, embroidery. I don’t know even know the names of the stitches and am limited in the ones I can do! Everything I’ve learnt comes from experimentation and one embroidery craft kit that I bought from The Works at the end of last year.

With all that said, it brings me a lot of joy. I’ve found it particularly enjoyable at the moment to just try and do something creative every day. I’ve been sharing snippets of that on Instagram through the hashtag #TNGcrafts and this particular piece seemed to be pretty popular. It’s actually super simple and you don’t need anything too fancy for it so I thought I’d share it on here in case anyone else wanted to have a go.

The piece in question? This bookish one of course!

Like I said, this is actually really simple because it only requires one simple stitch that we probably all used in primary school. It is pretty time consuming but I didn’t mind that as it made it a good project to do on an evening while watching the telly!

To make this, you need:

  • Embroidery thread (I bought these pre lockdown from Wilkos and they’re perfect for people who just want to have a go! I think they cost me £4).
  • A canvas (I picked up a pack of four of these in B and M for £3.99 while picking up cleaning supplies and coffee).
  • A pair of scissors.
  • A needle ( I found a medium sized one works best. Thin ones struggle to pierce the canvas but the thickest one make too large a hole).
  • A pencil.
  • A ruler.

That’s it! Apart from the canvas, I already had most of this in my house. If you don’t, they’re common enough that you should be able to pick them up online or you might even be able to get them while doing your essential shopping, like I did.

There isn’t really much of a tutorial for this but here are the steps that I took:

  1. Use your pencil and ruler to mark out the shelves. This is the only part I drew before hand because I wanted to make sure they were straight.
  2. Use a simple up and down stitch for the length of the shelf with the thread as it comes. I found this works best with a few large shelves but you could do smaller vertical stitches if you wanted to!
  3. Freestyle the content of your shelves! Yes really! I just chose colours that I liked and that went together and cycled through them. I found it worked best of it was a bit more organic and less planned for this. I simply split the thread so it had three strands instead of the usual six and used small stitches to shape the book. I think it looks best if you do this vertically rather than the horizontal for that shelves but it’s down to personal taste.
  4. If you want to, add some extra details. My real shelves most definitely aren’t uniform and I wanted this piece to reflect this. I added a photo frame, a tea cup and two plants to mine but it is up to you!
  5. That’s it!

Like I said, I’m not a professional and I didn’t use a pattern for this so it really is about playing around with what works for you. I just wanted to share it in case you wanted to do something similar but didn’t realise just how easy it was!

This is a very different post for me so I would love some feedback on it! Would you like to see more things like this? Would you like them to be proper tutorials or more of a summary of what I did? Please do let me know!

Kelly x

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