Free Instructions for the Holly 2-Sided Embroidery

Front of the Embroidery

Back of the Embroidery

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Holly 2-Sided Embroidery Technique: Free Instructions

The holly is worked in a single strand of Au Ver A Soie, Soie D'ager Silk thread on silk ground fabric. The embroidery is worked in satin stitch, Rhodes stitch and stem stitch as reversible stitches so that the back of the embroidery is well executed as the front.

Click Here to download the free instructions of the 2-Sided Holly which comes as a PDF file which you can download and save to your computer.

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Embroidery groups can print off or email the PDF file to the members of the stitching group, please include the copy right note with the PDF file and a link to my website: http://www.berlinembroidery.com thanks, Tanja.

Method of Displaying the Holly by Tana Dixon

Holly Front

Holly Back

Tana Dixon has very nicely written instructions on how she mounted her 2-sided embroidery so it can be viewed from both sides. A string could also be attached from the trim and the embroidery hung:

I ordered a 6" round replacement clock face from an Ebay seller. You want the smoothest glass edge possible. The first glass I ordered was better than the second one, but at any rate, you must handle the cloth as delicately as possible through the mounting process or else the glass edge will cut at and weaken the fibers (and work carefully for your fingers' sake, too!). Cut the background fabric of the embroidered piece with enough margin for a narrow handkerchief-type hem plus about 3/8" allowance.

Tip: cut a prototype circle first to measure against the glass to make sure that you calculated correctly; once you cut the background fabric, you are stuck with your measurements! Stitch the narrow hem by hand. Then run a line of basting stitches just inside the narrow hem around the circle of the piece leaving several inches on each thread end to draw up the thread. Distribute the material evenly around the circle, stretching the material taut onto the glass. I stretched mine with the back of the piece showing through the glass. (This process is a bit fiddly and takes some patience!)

When evenly distributed, tie a knot securely in the basting stitch thread ends and cut close to the knot. Take a novelty trim and slip stitch to cover the edge of the finished background fabric from the outside edge of the glass to the inner fabric edge.

Method of Displaying the Holly by Paris Morthorpe

Holly Front

Holly Back

Paris Morthorpe has very nicely written instructions on how she mounted her 2-sided embroidery so it can be viewed from both sides:

I placed the piece in an old fashioned wooden frame, ran a ribbon around with space left between for a candy cane effect. After glueing down the excess fabric on the back to the inside of the frame, I glued some similar colored Christmas tape to neaten the back side up. A cord is tied to the screw of the frame and is hung from my entryway chandelier so that both sides can be viewed.

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