personalizing an embroidered handkerchief

I am embroidering a handkerchief for my boyfriend. All I need to do is do a few simple lines and a pattern around the edges, but am not sure exactly how to do this. Help please!!!

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Lettering stitches

by Sue Glover
(Rainham, Essex, England)

Which embroidery stitch is best for lettering please?

Sue Glover

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help with embroidering names or initials

by Elizabeth
(Ohio)

I would like to embroider some names (or maybe initials) on some parts of a quilted pillow for my mom for Christmas. The only problem is though, I have NO CLUE where to start, or what to do. I could really use some help, please!!

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Hand embroidering a name on a baby's dress

by Penny
(M.V. CA U.S.A.)

My question is pretty simple. I used to embroider a lot and sew a lot. I haven't done either for about 30 years and now want to sew for three grand daughters.

I have made the pillowcase dresses and want to put their names on them. If I free hand script writing their names which stitch is best to use to be sure it show up on the dress and how much floss?

Carol answers

There are a number of outline stitches that can be used successfully for embroidering a name or initials.

I would suggest you consider, split stitch, stem stitch, backstitch, or even a tiny chain stitch.

You might like to check out my hand embroidery for beginners page where I give some examples of embroidery names and lettering.

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embroidering a pillow case

by Lorraine Rogers
(Halifax, Canada)

I've never tried this craft before. I can knit and sew but that's about it. I'm making a pillow case for my grandson and all I want to know is how to embroider his name on the pillow end tab. I'm just looking for something basic (probably the straight stitch). I am using cotton broadcloth so I would like to know the size of needle and floss to use.

Thank you

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embroidering on a onesie

by Lindsay
(Lexingon, nc)

Hello.. my name is Lindsay and im pregnant.. I want to put my daughters name down the side of her onesie.. which style would be best..

Carol answers...

Firstly, congratulations on the new baby girl.

If you are wanting to do a whole name, rather than an initial only, on the baby garment then you would probably be thinking of a line rather than an area for each letter, especially if your chosen name is a long one.

There are a variety of stitches you can use to represent a line. I have written a page on hand embroidery for beginners that gives some ideas for both names and initials.

Another option you could consider is applique, where a letter is cut out of fabric and attached to the garment by stitching around the edges. I haven't created a section on the site for this yet, but will if there is enough demand.

I would love to see your completed onsie, maybe with the little one wearing it, if you care to share a photo.

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Embroidering a baby name on a blanket

by kymberley
(essex, uk)

I want to embroider a name onto a baby blanket for my daughter, I've never done embroidery before whats the best way to do this?

thank you

Carol answers...

I am often asked for help with embroidering names on baby items, so I have added a page with some examples and suggested stitches. You will find the hand embroidery for beginners page a good place to start.

You might also like to check out the basic embroidery stitches page for other stitches that you could use.

I hope you find the pages linked above useful.

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Embroidering on baptism gown

by Elizabeth Hardman
(Chicago, IL USA)

I have a 50+ year old baptismal gown that all of my siblings’ children and now their children are wearing. As each one is baptized, we have the baby's initials embroidered in the hem of the dress.

Obviously, the gown is extremely fragile and it is very hard to find someone who does hand embroidery.

I sew, smock, and have done cross stitch before, so I'm thinking that I could perhaps embroider my grandson's initials into the hem. He was baptized in Dec.

Any advice? What stitch should I use? Should I reinforce the area that I am stitching on? What size needle do I need?

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