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Peaceful Forest

No fancy stitching required for this forest of felt trees. Just blanket-stitch the edges of each piece to a patterned fabric background.

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Designer: Danamarie Hosler

Materials

10" patterned fabric square
4"-diameter wooden embroidery hoop
Felt scraps: white, gray, gold, orange, and rust
Straight pins or felt glue (optional)
Embroidery floss: white, gray, gold, orange, and rust
Embroidery needle
Tacky glue


Instructions

1. Click on "Download this Project" above for embroidery pattern and stitch instructions. Trace patterns A through I onto white paper; cut out.

2. Trace and cut out the following pieces:

From white felt, cut:
1 each of pattern A, B, and D

From gray felt, cut:
1 each of pattern C and E

From gold felt, cut:
2 of pattern F
2 of pattern G
1 of pattern H
1 of pattern I

From orange felt, cut:
1 of pattern E
1 of pattern G
2 of pattern H

From rust felt, cut:
2 of pattern G
2 of pattern H
1 of pattern I

3. Center patterned fabric square in embroidery hoop. Tug on fabric edges to pull fabric taut and tighten screw.

4. Referring to pattern for placement, position felt trees and leaves on fabric. Pin or use small dots of felt glue to hold the pieces in place.

5. Using one strand of matching embroidery floss, blanket-stitch tree edges. 

6. Remove embroidery from hoop. Using a warm iron, press finished embroidery. Insert embroidery into hoop, centering design and pulling fabric taut.

7. When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1⁄2" outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1" outside the gathered line.

8. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop. 

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