Need a gift at the last minute? Use two easy stitches to create a lovely tulip design in redwork on a tea towel.

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Materials

  • Striped linen tea towel
  • Red embroidery floss
  • Red fine-tip permanent marking pen

Finished embroidery design: 7-1⁄4" square

Embroider the Tea Towel

1.    Click on "Download this Project" above for embroidery patterns. Tape the Tulip Garden Embroidery Pattern to a light box or sunny window. Position the tea towel over the pattern; tape in place. Trace the pattern onto the towel with a red fine-tip marking pen.

2.     Use three strands of embroidery floss for all stitches. Embroider the outline with a stem stitch, then make French knots at each dot.

To stem-stitch, pull the needle up at A (see diagram), then insert it back into the fabric at B, about 3⁄8" away from A. Holding the floss out of the way, bring the needle back up at C and pull the floss through so it lies flat. The distances between points A, B, and C should be equal. Pull with equal tautness after each stitch.

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To make a French knot, bring the needle up at A (see diagram). Wrap the floss around the needle twice without twisting it. Insert the needle into the fabric at B, 1⁄16" away from A. Gently push the wraps down the needle to meet the fabric, then pull the needle and floss through the fabric smoothly.

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3.     Press the towel from the wrong side when the embroidery is complete.