With dandelion season upon us, and a dandelion obsessed little girl in my house, I decided to create a dandelion 'make a wish' embroidery pattern AND it includes a tutorial.
If it's your wish to make one of your own, gather the following supplies:
Print out a copy of the pattern.
Using either a light box or a brightly lit window, trace the dandelion pattern onto your fabric using a water erasable pen.
Put an embroidery hoop around your fabric, displaying the traced pattern in the center. Thread your needle with charcoal gray thread and knot the end.
Using a back stitch, embroider 'Make a Wish'.
Continue using the back stitch for each letter in 'Make a Wish'. Try and make your dashes roughly the same size. When working curved letters, like 'a' or 's', make your dashes a little smaller to allow for the dashes to allow the lines to curve.
Above the 'i', use a French knot.
How to Make a French Knot: Bring the needle up though the point on the 'i'. Wrap the thread around the needle 2 times. Put the tip of the needle down near where your needle came up through the point on the 'i'. Before you bring the rest of the needle and thread back down. Pull the wrapped thread so it's taut against the needle, pulling it towards where the needle is inserted into the fabric. While continuing you to gentle hold your thread above the fabric taut, slowly pull the needle and remaining thread through the fabric. The result will be a completed French knot about your 'i'.
The seeds use a stitch similar to a lazy daisy stitch.
As if you were going to make an inverted arrow point, at an angle from the wisp, bring your needle up, from the behind the fabric. Pull your thread all the way through and insert the needle, going down, at an angle on the other side (again, image you are creating an inverted arrow). Instead of pulling the tread all the way through, leave some slack. Bring your needle back up a the end of the dandelion wisp, making sure the slack is behind your needle. Pull your thread all the way through, eliminating any slack you had. Bring your needle back down, near where your needle had gone up, this time on the other side of what was your slacked thread, and pull tightly. Finish your seed by either doing the same stitch smaller inside what you have already created or do a simple straight stitch. For the straight stitch, go up at the end of the dandelion wisp and back down, slightly further out, creating a straight line.
Next, decide what you'll do with your finished embroidery piece.
I am considering turning mine into a square for a quilt.
But for now, I'll display it in a wooden embroidery hoop. If you opt to display yours in an embroidery hoop, trim the excess from the back and apply a layer of glue around the edges to secure it into place.
Either way you display it, be proud of yourself for a job well done!