As you are!

Perfect imperfect!

Laughter lines, tiger stripes or orange skin? Who cares? There is nothing finer than a person who loves himself or herself despite - perhaps because of - all the little blemishes. And so that you too can feel confident with your appearance and radiate this self-love to others, we have the right embroidery design for you here.

Totally in keeping with the mottos, "self-love" and "as you are" you can tackle this motif both as a beginner and as an experienced embroiderer.



Step 1 - Copy template

First of all you must copy the template (download here). Option 1: Print out the template and stick it to the window with masking tape. Now stick the jute bag over this. The fabric should be thin enough for the template to shine through clearly. You can then simply draw the design with the Aquatrick marker pen.

Option 2: If you do not have a printer, in order to copy the design you can also place the fabric bag directly on the tablet or the PC screen. But do not press too hard, otherwise you could damage the screen.

Step 2 – Clamp the design into the embroidery ring

You should now secure the design in an embroidery ring so that you can enjoy stress-free embroidery. Place the inner ring of the embroidery ring underneath the design (Caution: Do not clamp the back of the bag in with it). Now place the upper embroidery ring on top of the design and push it over fabric and inner ring. Tighten the screw, pull the fabric taut and you are ready!

Step 3 - Threading the needle

Follow the instructions and separate the 6-strand thread into sets of either 2 (black thread) or 3 (pale and dark pink thread) strands. Also take care that you draw sufficient thread (approx. 5-10cm) through the eye of the needle, so that the thread does not slide out of the needle when you start to embroider. In addition, the thread should be no longer than approx. 30-40cm. If it is longer than this, it will quickly become entangled. You can also always make a little knot at the end of the thread to prevent the first stitch sliding out of the fabric or in case you accidentally draw the thread all the way out of the fabric.

Step 4 - Getting to work!

For this pattern you need only two or three simple embroidery stitches. Take a look at the videos on back stitch, whipped back stitch and satin stitch. The pattern also shows you which embroidery stitch to use for which section and which colour to use.

If you want to simplify it, you can just embroider the outlines and the lettering in back stitch. You can also omit the filling in of the underpants if you wish.

If you have the patience and the desire, you can use whipped back stitch instead of back stitch. This has a somewhat smoother and more even appearance.

You can then fill in the underpants in satin stitch in dark pink.

Back stitch or whipped back stitch

You can use back stitch for the black lines, the outline of the underpants and the lettering. Back stitch is one of the easiest of the basic stitches. With the help of the video it will take you only a few minutes to learn it. Simply take care that all the stitches are more or less the same length.

Whipped back stitch

If you want to create rather more even lines, you can modify the back stitch by whipping (wrapping) it again with two threads (see video). This is really not difficult and gives a really fantastic result.

Satin stitch

Satin stitch is used to fill in large areas and is worked by placing lots of lines next to one another. We recommend that you always work towards the shorter side. For the underpants I have always embroidered from right to left, that is, horizontally.

Step 5 - Removing the lines

The lines, which are still visible, must now simply be washed away with water. Since there were very few lines still visible, you can simply wet your finger with water and wipe gently over the lines.

... et voila! The bag is now beautifully embroidered!

About the author:

Hello! I am Theresa from Cologne and during the first lock-down I learned not only to juggle, but also to embroider. Does this sound strange? I suppose it is somewhat odd. My main occupation is actually as a project manager. That has very little to do with balls and even less to do with needles.

However, embroidery very quickly became my greatest passion: Inspired by modern, quirky motifs with messages, I quickly began to design my own templates. This is why I am now trying on my Instagram account @get.stitch.done to interest more and more people in embroidery - with lots of flowers, body positivity, wit and one (or even two) touches of pink.

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