The book features designs inspired by Amy’s latest fabric collection, SoHo Bandana.
Today you can also win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style, plus a pack of Crossroads Denim fabric, Sullivans embroidery floss and a Clover hoop and needle pack! Just leave a comment below. Tell us about your love of Indygo Junction patterns, designs and more. You can tell us what you’d stitch up from the book, or if you need new tea towels in your life to spruce up your kitchen or to give to a lucky friend. Any comment will do!
Hello! My name is Amy and I am the founder of the pattern company Indygo Junction. I recently released a new book, Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style that features over 65 embroidery designs and 20 projects. Today I’m happy to share with you a tea-towel tutorial that uses a floral design from Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style.
The designs in IJ’s Stitched Style were inspired by my quilt fabric line SoHo Bandana, which was released last year through Red Rooster fabrics. I love the look of the designs featured in bandanas and thought they would make perfect embroidery accents. Although the book’s projects are fashion focused, you can use these designs anywhere, including on tea towels!
If you’ve never tried embroidery before, have no fear; IJ’s Stitched Style offers in-depth information on trace and transfer techniques, a stitch library and project instructions. The projects range from small accessories that would make great gifts, like a bracelet or business card case, to larger projects like embellishing a recycled skirt.
One of my favorite embroidery designs is this stylized tulip, which is what we will use for the tea towel. (Love the paisley design? It’s one of the many other designs available in IJ’s Stitched Style.) Let’s get started!
- 1 tea towel: We used 100% cotton towels from Dunroven House which are 20 x 28
- Coordinating cotton floss: We used Sullivans 45167 orange, 45165 cream & 45106 green
- Iron-on transfer pen or pencil + office paper OR printable stabilizers such as Bosal’s Tear-Away Stabilizer or Sulky’s Sticky + Self-Adhesive Tear-Away Stabilizer
- Flower embroidery design PDF
- Embroidery needles
- Embroidery hoop
- Terry cloth towel (optional)
Step 1: Download and print out the embroidery design PDF.
OR: Print out the embroidery design on your printable stabilizer following manufacturer’s directions and skip to Step 3.
Step 2: If using a transfer pen or pencil for the first time, try a sample first on a similar weight of fabric. Then, simply place a sheet of office paper over the design printout. Carefully trace the design onto the paper with the iron-on transfer pen or pencil. I recommend using a pen with a thinner tip as the mark is permanent and a thinner line is easier to cover with embroidery. This design is now an iron-on transfer.
Step 3: Transfer the design to your tea towel. I centered my design on my tea towel near the bottom. To do this I folded the towel in half lengthwise and pressed with an iron. This gave me a center crease to work with during my placement. Of course you can place your design wherever you like!
If using the stabilizer sheet method, adhere the stabilizer to the foundation fabric following manufacturers instructions. If using the iron-on transfer pen or pencil, follow manufacturer’s instructions for ironing transfer.
Step 4: Stretch the tea towel in the embroidery hoop.
Step 5: It’s time to embroider that flower! Cut an arm’s length of floss and separate into two sections, three strands apiece. Thread one section through your needle so that the floss threads are even. Knot floss ends together.
I used stem stitch and French knots in this flower. Not sure how to do those stitches? See diagram below for stitch directions and design stitch map. Follow along the design lines using the suggested stitches.
Step 5: Once you have the flower finished stitch a running stitch along the bottom border of the towel following the hemline.
Step 6: If using the iron-on stabilizer, once you are finished stitching, tear or wash away the stabilizer according to manufacturer’s instructions. For both methods after stitching, cut any loose threads. Remove from hoop and press gently. I recommend pressing your embroidered project face down on a terry towel. This keeps the embroidery from being flattened by the iron. It’s best to use a white or light colored terry towel that has been washed. Hang proudly on your oven door!
I hope you enjoy this embroidery tutorial and use your new skills to stitch and embellish your world. Get 20% off your own copy of Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style by using the code SSBT14 at checkout. Visit IndygoJunction.com and AmyBarickman.com to keep up to date on new products and ideas!
Visit other stops on the tour for more projects and giveaways:
January 13: Flamingo Toes
January 14: Today’s Creative Blog
January 15: Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog
January 16: Tip Junkie
January 17: Wild Olive
January 18: Amy Barickman
January 20: Cool2Craft
January 21: We All Sew
January 22: Kollabora
January 24: Indygo Junction