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Embroidery for Christmas

December 26, 2015

I embroidered on the gingham apron to make a Christmas present – unfortunately I didn’t realise you were supposed to embroider on the dark patches not the light ones, and there was a fifty/fifty chance of getting it right at random… I got it wrong!
So the pattern doesn’t show up quite as well as it might have done.

Embroidered design
Embroidered design

It’s pretty, though. I adapted the design from one for a ‘corner’ and had to do several sets of frantic last-minute alterations when I realised that the outside didn’t line up with the inside if you just did a straight motif – unfortunately I’d already put in all the central flowers by that point.
I don’t think anyone will notice that it’s off-centre on the apron by a couple of checks as a result…

Front view of apron being worn

I used some gold metallic embroidery floss for the yellow centres of the flowers, which I found quite hard to work with. (I thought the outside ‘lace’ might show up better if I went round the edge with gold, but swiftly abandoned that idea!)

Close-up of flowers
Close-up of flowers

Hmm, it hasn’t come out very well in the photo. The centres as beautifully shiny in real life.

The gold floss is safe to wash at 60 degrees C, according to the label, and as this is an apron it will probably need to get washed. So I decided it would be safer to cover the loose ends of all the threads on the back with a lightweight patch, even though I did fasten them in well. (Well enough that I had considerable difficulty in ripping them out again when I decided to change the design!)

I used a square of old cotton sheet, which was suitably thin and off-white, and hemmed it down all round for strength rather than beauty using off-white thread. Luckily the little hem-stitches don’t really show up amid the busy gingham pattern on the right side. The apron fabric is quite coarse, so very well suited to this type of work.

Patch on wrong side of work to cover the loose ends
Patch on wrong side of work to cover the loose ends
Click for close-ups.
Close-up of hemming
Close-up of hemming

  1. I’ve seen this gingham embroidery technique before and always thought it was so pretty, but not something I would really wear–so I love this idea of using it on an apron!

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