Instructions & Tips To 'Stitch Your Vegetables'
Follow our tutorials and top tips for stitching up your Vegetable Apron or Tote Bag
Watch our video to see the tomato embroidered using backstitch, then follow along with the detailed step by step instructions below.
The Basics: Step by step
Dividing your thread
- Our embroidery thread is made up of 6 strands. We recommend splitting your thread in half to 3 strands for the main outlines (but you can use a mixture of thicknesses for various textures.)
- Separate the threads in half at one end - then gently pull them apart.
- The thread has a tendency to tangle so it is best to keep the other end taught as you separate them (a third hand is helpful if you have someone nearby!)
- Now thread your needle (moisten the ends to help guide all 3 strands through) and tie a knot in the other end. You're ready to start stitching!
Backstitch is brilliant for outlining the vegetables and is the perfect stitch to master as a beginner.
- Starting from the back of the fabric, push your needle through the grey outline at your starting point, pulling the thread fully through.
- Put your needle back down about 3mm along the grey outline. Pull the thread firmly through to make your first stitch.
- Push your needle back up through the fabric another 3mm along the outline from your last stitch. Pull the thread fully through.
- Now push your needle back down the same hole as your last stitch so that the line has no gaps.
- Continue to stitch 3mm ahead and then back down the previous hole to make a continuous line... this is backstitch!
- Complete the outline in this way until you get to the end of the design.
- Tie off your thread (see the last stage). Now you can swap your thread for the next colour. Remember to divide the green down to 3 strands, thread the needle and knot the end.
- You can continue to use backstitch to outline the stalk until it is complete.
- For the detail marks, we recommend using only 1 strand of thread for a finer line. Like before, split the thread so that you have only 1 strand.
- Use backstitch to fill in the detail lines
- Try to keep using neat, close stitches for a consistent look.
Tying off your thread
- When you've finished with a colour you need to tie off your thread. Turn your bag or apron over so you're looking at the back of your fabric. With your needle still threaded, go through a stitch (but not through the fabric) - and rather than pulling it all the way, pull the thread just halfway through.
- A loop is created - put your needle through the loop and then pull the thread tight to create a knot. Repeat this stage to secure the stitch.
- Cut the thread close to the knot, and trim any other loose threads from the back.
You've finished your first vegetable!
Creating Corn Kernels
Watch our video to see the corn kernels stitched using French knots, then follow along with the detailed step by step instructions below.
How to do a French Knot
- Use a piece of 6 strand thread (no need to divide), and come up from the back where you want the middle of the French knot to be. Hold the thread in your left hand, with the needle in your right.
- Holding the thread taught, wrap it around your needle. Once, then twice.
- Keep the thread taught with your left hand, and then push your needle back down the same hole (roughly) that you came up through.
- Pull the needle down from the back, ensuring the loops are tight, it will create a neat French knot.
- Continue making French knots until your corn is full of kernels!
Stitched Vegetable Reveal
These are the thread colours that come in your kit - of course veg comes in all different shades so feel free to get creative and mix colours - you don't need to stick to my example.
Have fun stitching your vegetables and if you have any queries, please do email us at email@example.com - we'd also love to see your embroidered items <3