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February 14, 2020

lazy daisy swirl

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are you looking for a little something sweet and simple to stitch? then i have just the thing for you!

this pattern is perfect for practicing your lazy daisy stitch. but if you don't want to use lazy daisy, a straight stitch works just fine too!

also? it's a good way to use up all of those spare bits of floss that you keep stuffing into a jar and wondering what to do with.

if you'd like to use the colors i used, here's a visual list.

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these designs are sized to fit mini hoops sizes 1.6”, and 2.2” and a standard 5” embroidery hoop. you can easily adjust them to fit larger or smaller hoops too; simply change the sizing when you print out the pattern.

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ready to get started?

ok! click here to download the pdf pattern.

check out my transfer methods post if you'd like more info about some different ways to transfer the design to your fabric.

i used the sulky printable fabri-solvy method to make mine, and here's the step-by-step:

  • print the pattern page out on the sticky-solvy
  • peel off the paper and stick on your fabric. i always recommend laying your fabric on a hard, flat surface before sticking. 
  • then mount the fabric in your hoop. if you can keep the edges of the sticky-solvy in the hoop too, that will help stop the pattern from shifting or lifting while you are stitching.
  • stitch! you can use lazy daisy, straight stitches, or whatever you prefer. for this example piece, i used straight stitches and 2 strands of floss.
  • once you are done stitching, soak the fabric in a bowl of water (about 30 minutes or so) and then rinse thoroughly to remove all of the stabilizer.
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if you are using the mini hoops like i did, you can easily frame your design...like this:

  • cut the fabric circle larger than your hoop diameter and then make a running stitch around the edges.
  • place the little wooden disk behind the stitching and gather the fabric by pulling the running stitches tight.
  • position the piece inside the frame and tighten the screws, glue the back panel in place, and you're done!
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use a pretty ribbon or a chain to turn this into a necklace, or glue a pin on the back to make it a brooch.  it would make a sweet mothers day gift, if you're the handmade gift giving sort. (and i know you are!)

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check out my getting started guide and my stitch library to learn my favorite embroidery stitches.

for more tips & tricks click here.

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