18 Mar

silk lined embroidered scarf

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photograph by Emma Sekhon

…silk and wool make the perfect combination for a stylish scarf, embellished by little embroidered flowers along the hems…

you will need

35cm wool or tweed fabric (150cm wide) for outer 34cm x 150cm contrasting silk fabric for lining Sewing thread to match your lining fabric
Sewing needle

4 colours of Coats Perle embroidery thread

Sharp embroidery needle
Sewing machine


Step 1

Press both short ends of your silk up 2cm with an iron. With right sides facing, lay your silk over your outer fabric and, aligning one long raw edge, sew a 1cm seam by machine. Align the raw edges of the other sides and machine a 1cm seam.

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Step 2

Turn right side out and press with a cool iron – the lining is slightly narrower than the outer and should finish a couple of millimetres short of the edges.

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Step 3

Fold up the bottom raw edges of the outer fabric 4cm and tuck under the fold of the silk lining. Tack along all edges through all layers to hold in place.

Step 4

Using a needle and thread, make small running stitches along the two long edges securing the silk to the seam allowance beneath. This will help to hold the folded edges – take care not to stitch through all layers, you don’t want your stitches to go through to the front of the scarf.

Step 5

Embroider along the ends of your scarf, securing the lining to the outer fabric using the stitch shown (images 3–5), and then adding French knots

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09 Jan

quick embroidered tartan blanket

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photograph by Emma Sekhon

… a classic tartan pattern in simple running stitch transforms a plain blanket  for cosy nights and story telling …

You will need

Wool blanket
Scraps of thick wool yarns (in 4 or 5 different colours)
Mattress needle

Measuring tape


Step 1
Lay out your blanket and decide the scale of your tartan; it is completely up to you what size you’d like it to be. Find the centre of two opposing edges of your blanket and mark with pins. Lay a length of yarn between these centre points to dissect your blanket in half. Mark this line using pins. With your first choice of yarn, cut a length the same measurement as the width of your blanket plus 25cm. Using the mattress needle, sew in running stitch across the centre of the blanket following your marker pins.
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Step 2

With a contrasting yarn, run a second row of stitching 1cm from the first.

Repeating steps 1 & 2, do the same with the length of your blanket, thus dividing it into quarters.


Step 3

At this point you can slowly build up your tartan stitching across the whole of your blanket by measuring away from the central rows of sewing.

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Step 4

Finish off your yarn ends by running your mattress needle through the blanket’s hem and cut flush.

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Use safety pins rather than sewing pins if you are going to leave this as an on-going project.

Finish your ends off only once you have completed the project, so that if your lines of running stitch have puckered the blanket, you can ease and loosen them off.


25 Oct

Paisley embroidered pashmina

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…beautiful embroidered borders to personalise a pashmina…

you will need:

a pashmina

6 or 7 different colour cotton embroidery cottons

embroidery needle

20cm embroidery hoop (optional)

sharp scissors

fabric marking pen








key for template

blue = chain stitch

green = running stitch

pink = French knots



Scale the template (embroidery stitch key above) using a photocopier so that it will fit five times along the width of your pashmina – this pashmina measured approximately 85cm x 180cm and the template measured 15cm high.


Cut the template out. Position it along one edge of the pashmina, so that it sits 2.5cm from the bottom edge andcenter it along the width.



Use a fabric pen to draw around it. Start by embroidering the outline shape in your first colour using chain stitch. Keep the stitches as evenly sized as you can and be aware that the back of your work must not get too messy.



Once the outline shape is finished, make a row of small running stitches around the outside and finish off your thread by sewing through the back of stitches on the reverse of your work.



Chain stitch another row 1cm inside the first in the same colour. Now fill the space between these two rows of chain stitch with evenly spaced French knots using your second colour.



Draw in the ‘leaf veins’ by eye with your fabric marker and sew in chain stitch using your third colour.



Draw in the the ‘leaves’ nd stitch with a small running stitch in the same colour as the French knots.



Position the template, rotated 180°, so that its centre is one third of the distance between the centre and the edge of the pashmina.



Repeat steps 3 – 7 using a different selection of three of your colours.



Continue until all five motifs are completed in various combinations of colours and repeat at the other end of the scarf.



Do not pull your thread taught when stitching try to keep your stitches loose. Equally, if you use an embroidery hoop, do not stretch the pashmina too tightly as you could distort the weave.