You will need the following items:
Lay your fabric on top of the pattern. With white fabric, you should be able to see through enough to trace. If not, try putting your paper and fabric in the window.
Put your fabric into a hoop.
Next, take a long piece of embroidery floss. The floss has 6 strands. You will take 3 and split your floss, then thread your needle.
There is no knot tying, just leave the ends hanging at uneven lengths.
Coming from the backside of your fabric, pull the needle and floss ALMOST all the way through. You will leave just a small tail hanging out the backside. (See next photo)
See how on the backside there is just a little bit of floss...about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch is good. Also note, it is only the long end of the floss. The shorter end gets pulled all the way through.
Now, you are bringing your needle from the front, poking it down just a stitch away from where you came up through the back. Pull your needle and floss through to the back.
Be careful not the pull that little tail through. If you do, it's no big deal, you just have to start over. (I do it all the time!)
This is almost all the way pulled through....
This is what the first stitch should look like. Easy as pie! Just be careful because the floss isn't secured on the backside yet, so it could still get pulled through and you would have to start over. (Trust me, I know.) :)
This is just to show that your needle has been pulled through to the backside at this point.
Basically, you are repeating what you did for your first stitch. I'll go over it with you again! :)
Poke your needle up from the backside just a little bit away from you first stitch. Pull your floss all the way through. Now you will be able to feel that the floss is beginning to feel secure in the back.
Here's the floss and needle pulled all the way through.
Poke your needle down, right next to your previous stitch. Pull it all the way through to the backside.
See how easy this is!
*This is showing the backside of the fabric.
You can see how the floss is becoming secure. You can see the little tail hanging out. There are no knots, it just becomes secured by the stitching! Pretty cool huh?
Just keep stitching! Up through the backside, down from the front.
Here I am poking my needle down from the front to the back.
Continue with your stitches.
When you get short on thread or are ready to stop, refer to the next photo.
When you are running short on thread or have come to a stopping place, make sure your needle and thread are through to the backside of your fabric.
Turn over your hoop.
It should look something like this. It makes a cool looking stitch in itself!
Take your needle and direct it underneath the floss as shown. Pull all the way through. This is securing your stitches. There are NO KNOTS! (Yay! for no knots!)
*Remember, this is showing the backside of the fabric
Here you can see that the needle and floss have been pulled all the way through. You have hidden your floss underneath the stitching! How cool is that!?
Yes, I use my kids' scissors. It's annoying sometimes, but it works. :)
Cut your floss. It can be right up to the end, it won't come unraveled.
This is what the back should look like once you have snipped off your floss.
When you are ready to start up again, just repeat the steps.
Come up from the backside, down through the front!
*You can see the needle poking up from the backside.
Be patient and have fun stitching! You'll be done before you know it.