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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas Applique Hoop Art

Embroidery Hoop Tutorial 

In my blog post last week I shared the first of my projects from 'Creative Christmas', a lovely festive bookazine which is available in shops now.  My second design for them is this cute little woodland scene, featuring an adorable fox and robin dressing their tree ready for the holidays!

The design can be stitched up in just an evening and it makes a perfect first project if you've yet to try free motion / free hand machine embroidery.  However be warned that Kirsty Allsopp declared it's highly addictive and 'craft crack cocaine'!

The magazine includes full sized patterns and clear step by step colour photographs.  I used a frixion pen to mark the stitching lines (and then erased them with a warm iron) which makes precise sewing a doddle!

The hoop would look perfect hung on the wall of a child's bedroom or nursery and you could even change the colours of the bunting flags to perfectly coordinate with your own decor!

Merry Christmas xx


  1. Hi Josie, what a really beautiful design. It is so festive and sweet. Sending very best wishes. Xx

  2. Ooh this is lovely!! xxx hugs xxx

  3. That is just so pretty, I love your designs. I've never tried this craft, but you have really tempted me several times over the years. Maybe 2017 I will pluck up the courage and have a go. Thanks for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

  4. sweet Josie! You make this look easy. BUT FOR ME IT WOULD BE A DISASTER! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I'm sure you would do it perfectly Cindy, everything you do is so gorgeous!

  6. Josie just love this design, you are so clever. Hope you have a great Xmas. X

  7. Oh Josie, this is so lovely! A Winterwonderland!
    Greetings from Germany