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2-Hour Valentine's Day Project

This charming Valentine's Day project is super-quick to put together. All you need is a ready-made picture frame, some ribbon and, of course, your embroidery machine. We used the design Spanish Garden Rose for a large size hoop (5" x 7").

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You will need:

  • embroidery threads according to the JPG color card included with the design,
  • medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer,
  • a piece of white, pale pink or cream cotton fabric for the embroidery,
  • a picture frame measuring about 12" x 16", preferrably red,
  • acrylic paint and a brush if you do not have a red frame,
  • a piece of cardbord and a sheet of decorative red paper,
  • a pack of ric-rac,
  • Glue-All adhesive,
  • paper knife, scissors, pencil.

Embroidery:

Stabilize your piece of fabric with medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Hoop it tightly.

Print out the JPG color card and select your threads based on it (not by the screen of your machine!) Note: in this design you can change the colors to your taste. You can make the leaves, the first color, green. The petals are embroidered with 3 shades of pink in the following order: light pink - medium pink - red. You can substitute these for other colors.

Upload the embroidery file Spanish Garden Rose into the machine and embroider it.

After the embroidery is done, press the stitch-out and the fabric around it.

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Frame:

(If your frame is not red.) Cover your working table with plastic or old newspapers and prepare the frame, brush and paint.

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While the machine embroiders the rose, paint the frame. Acrylic paint dries quickly, but depending on the initial color of the frame you might need 2-3 coats.

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Making the "Heart":

Print out the template of the rose and draw a heart shape around it. Cut it out.

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Position the shape over the stitch-out and trace it with a removable pencil.

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Cut it out with seam allowance 1/2". Then make notches to the traced line.

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Fold the notches back and press.

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Using the same template, cut heart shapes from cardboard (this will be the "batting") and decorative red paper (this will be the backing).

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Now place the cardboard shape on the back of the stitch-out. Fold the notches over the cardboard and adhere them.

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Cut 2 pieces of ric-rac about 12"-14" long. Adhere them to the back of the working piece.

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Adhere the "backing":

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Turn the working piece face up and adhere more ric-rac along the outer edge of the heart shape.

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Let the glue dry.

Hang the "heart" in the frame using the ric-rac.

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Enjoy!


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