Spring is coming, and things have been kind of crazy and different because of the COVID-19. I’ve been staying at home, so going for daily walks and runs is super important to brush off that stir crazy feeling. I feel so inspired when I’m out in nature, and all the flowers blooming have me cooking up new ideas for embroidery patterns! This embroidery DIY will be a unique one in that I’ll be showing you how you can use a leaf to make a leaf rubbing stencil!
You can use a dried/pressed leaf like I have done, or you can use one that is not. If you do use a leaf that is not pressed, just be mindful of the color of the fabric you’re using because the pigment/ moisture of the leaf could stain the fabric.
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What You’ll Need:
- Saral white transfer paper
- dark colored fabric
- embroidery thread, color of your choice (I used DMC color 503)
- Embroidery Hoop – (5 inch)
- Embroidery needle
- Place the leaf you’re going to use on top of the fabric.
- Place the transfer paper with the chalky side down.
- With your pencil, start rubbing the transfer paper. Make sure to give it firm pressure and go over the leaf several times so you the stencil is dark.
- Now, you’re ready to embroider! Place your fabric in the embroidery hoop and start stitching.
5. I used a simple back stitch to outline the stencil of the leaf.
If you’d like to experiment with other kinds of stitches, here is a post that goes over a bunch of different stitches!
Once you’re done, you can brush off the chalk stencil with your hand or use a damp cloth. I hope you had fun with this little project! It’s pretty open-ended, and I think the possibilities are pretty much endless as to how you stitch it.