Chevron Embroidery

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Chevron Embroidery

I love chevron fabric! You can do so much with it and by changing your color scheme, it completely changes the “feel” of your project. Who knew a couple of colors and some zig-zag stripes could be so fun and versatile?

I wanted to create something for my youngest son’s room. I had recently embroidered the word “Love” on a gray and white polka dot fabric. Simple.

Love stitch

I loved the way it turned out. It looked old fashioned, but hip and new with the polka dot fabric. I thought the same concept would work with chevron using a short little poem for boys.

I found this and  for me. It is perfect description of my little rascal.

no greater
treasure has
brought
homes more
joy

than a
curious
active and
lovable boy.

Supplies from Jo Ann Fabrics:

-Embroidery Frame (F.A. Edmunds 2 Rail – Ratchet Frames -12”, for my large piece)
-Fabric; size depends on project
-Embroidery thread and needle
-tissue paper and pencil for tracing
-Print out of phrase in the appropriate size and font.

I simply typed this up on my computer using the font of my choice. I used the “Snell Roundhand” with a font size of 96. I chose to do all lowercase letters.

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I traced the poem with tissue paper so I could lay it over the fabric and literally embroider through the paper.

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I just embroidered short little “dash” lines.

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I stretched my chevron fabric around an embroidery frame. I used this one from Jo Ann Fabrics. F.A. Edmunds 2 Rail – Ratchet Frames -12”,Using this frame allowed me to stretch my fabric and keep the tension while working in larger spaces.

I pinned the tissue paper onto my fabric and when i was finished I pulled the tissue paper off, picked out the few pieces and it was done.

I took it to be matted and framed here locally. I used a basic white mat and black frame. I personally think simple works best.

You can use whatever pattern you choose. Certain materials like knit fabrics will not work. You need to choose material that does not stretch or your letters will look warped. I came up with this idea and figured out how to make it happen. If  you know of some other tools, or have some ideas, please share. I am happy with the way it turned out, but curious what other tools might be useful for this project.  I would love some feedback!

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

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