Eucalyptus instantly became a favorite of mine when I used it for my bridal bouquet this summer. I love the smell it leaves on my fingers when I cut it. Actually, the whole house smells nice and fresh since I bought a big bunch to use on this wreath! I ended up using just a few branches, and you don’t need more than that for this project. If eucalyptus doesn’t come in handy, you can also use pine or other evergreens. Even artificial greens. As for the embroidery – it’s really easy and shouldn’t take too long. Unless, of course, you decide to embroider a whole “Merry Christmas”. I strategically decided to use “Joy”, which took less than an hour to finish. But enough with the small talk, let’s move on to the tutorial:
What you need:
- embroidery hoop
- light-colored fabric
- pencil and paper
- vanishing fabric marker
- needle and red embroidery floss
- eucalyptus (or other greenery)
Start by setting up the fabric in the embroidery hoop. Then draw your word on a piece of paper. If your handwriting isn’t particularly badass, simply copy a font from your computer screen. In order to transfer the writing on the fabric, place the paper underneath and trace with the vanishing marker.
Now you can start stitching following the marker lines. Use a simple backstitch, as shown in the pictures above.
Once you’ve finished the embroidery, move on to the eucalyptus. Cut short branches and insert them between the embroidery hoop and the fabric. As you’re adding more branches, make the screw slightly looser. Add branches on both sides until most of the hoop is covered (or go all around if you want).