A bit ago I completed an embroidered Eiffel Tower

embroidered Eiffel Tower

It was part of my spring mantel

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If you have read my blog for any length of time, or if you follow me on Pinterest, you already know I am kind of obsessed with embroidery.

Actually, any kind of hand work – embroidery, needlepoint, crewel, oh how I love crewel.

So, I decided it was time to stop just pinning and try my hand at it.

I am not exactly sure why I decided such a large project would be the way to go, but I was feeling the need for an Eiffel Tower.

I know, that makes no sense.

If you are a talented and experienced embroidery pro, please stop reading.

If you really want to know how to do this the proper way, please stop reading.

I had it in my mind that I was making this on this particular day and would make it work with what I had on hand.

Now that my disclaimers are out of the way, I will share my process.

I actually started with the frame that was the right size for where I wanted to it to go on the mantel

Embroidered Eiffel Tower

I traced the opening onto a piece of poster board and then sketched my Eiffel Tower in pencil and then went over it with Sharpie.

I made some changes from this version, and I know in both versions the top is a little wonky and I would do it differently in the future.

I used this tutorial, actually for cupcakes as a guide.

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Then I laid my fabric over the drawing and traced it lightly with a good old fashioned pencil. I do now own an embroidery tracing pencil, but this is what I had available to me at the time. Actually, it worked quite fine on this fabric, which is like a chambray and didn’t really show up once I was finished.

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I started with a hoop but found it very awkward, probably because of the size of what I was working with.

So, I am not going to give you a tutorial on stitches, I will leave that to the pros. This is what I used to get myself started.

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You have to choose how many threads you are going to use, I used three except on the clouds – there I used all six for it to be “fluffy”.

The picture above show why you should use a hoop – so that the fabric stays in place and you don’t get bunching like I did.

And yes, my stitches are not straight or even.

I did very basic stitches except I decided to get a little fancy with the “amour”.

When it was complete, I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the back of the frame.

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In the end, I was happy with it despite the flaws.

It gave my mantel the kitchy edge I was looking for and I finally did it instead of just pinning it.

I am hoping to take the lessons learned here and try again, probably on a smaller scale so and not in such a rush.

How about you, have you tried your hand at embroidery?

Thanks for reading!

April 18, 2012 — Laura Putnam