Friday, January 18, 2013

Tutorial: Towel with Simple Needlepoint. Part 1.

Today I want to show you how to make a towel with simple needlepoint.

This method can be used to make any towel from any kind of fabric, but since we are talking about needlepoint, our towel will have a little stitched design.

You will need:
1. A piece of 32 count linen
2. A needle
3. Embroidery floss (DMC)
4. Scissors
5. Wonder-Under paper
6. Design
7. Needlework frame
8. Iron

Here is a simple design for using one color of your choice.


1. Place a piece of fabric (depends on the size of a towel you are making) in an embroidery hoop.
2. Use 1 strand of the six strand embroidery floss (DMC). Grasp one strand and pull it gently from the remaining strands.
3. Make a waste knot, tie a knot at the end of the thread, insert the needle in the fabric from the front to the back about 2”-3” away from the starting point for the stitching. Your knot will be on the front of the fabric. After about 10 stitches have been made, cut off the knot.
4. To finish a thread, run the needle under 5-6 stitches on the back of the fabric, pull the thread through, and cut close to work. I never use this method when I work on my rugs, pillows, etc… In this project we use only one thread and it is only one way you can finish the thread.
5. In this project we will use a Half-Cross Stitch. The reason is that the design is small and requires only one thread and it doesn't provide as much coverage as a Continental stitch does, and as a result it takes less of thread.

6. After you are done stitching, take your stitched piece off the frame.
7. Measure the desirable size of the towel.
8. Place the towel face down and iron it flat. Center the Wonder-Under, rough side down and paper side up, over the back side of the stitched design, and iron it to the fabric.
9. Finger press both sides of the towel, it makes the next fold easier.
10. When the fold is perfect, iron it. Open the fold and remove the paper from the Wonder-under. Refold and iron it again.
11. Your towel is done.

Enjoy it.


Muriellisa said...

Bonjour Nathalia,
J'ai voyagé dans ton petit monde, j'ai lu tous les articles de ton Blog.
Je suis enthousiasmée par toutes tes réalisations. C'est incroyable tout ce travail de broderie. J'aime particulièrement les tapis Aubusson & Savonnerie.Je suis en train d'en broder un, je le mettrai bientôt sur mon Blog.
A bientôt.

Melli Hobby said...

Thanks for this tutorial!
It looks so easy, but I thing it won´t be easy for me. But I´ll try it!

The Old Maid said...

So pretty! Looks so simple and I can't imagine making it.;) Beautiful!

Drora's minimundo said...

Thank you Natalia for this tutorial. You tempt me to give it a try.
Hugs, Drora

afairytalecometruewyrna said...

Thanks for showing how, it's a nice and fine little thing.


Fabiola said...

Thanks. I like this design.
Bye Faby

maribel said...

Estupendo tutorial, mil gracias.

Ilona said...

Thank you for this tutorial, Natalia! Perhaps is this a stupid question, but what is Wonder-Under, a kind of reinforcement for the linen?
Hugs, Ilona

Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. I hope you will give it a try one day. It is really easy.

Ilona, Wonder-under is a magic paper that allows you to join 2 different pieces of fabric to each other without gluing or sewing. It just bonds them to each other.

BiWuBär said...

Thank you for this fantastic tutorial!


Ilona said...

Natalia, thank you for answering. I now know what kind of material it is :D!
Hugs, Ilona


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