Hey guys! I bet you didn't know that I enjoy creating embroideries in my off time from PopFizzpaper! I thought it would fun to take a little detour from planning and papercrafting and share how I make my own embroidery patterns using the Cricut BrightPad. If you're not familiar with embroidery or you're new to it, it's super easy to learn. You can do any kind of pattern you like with just a few basic stitches and the only supplies you need are a needle, threads, a hoop, and a pair of small scissors.
Thank you to Cricut for sending the Tombow Design Team the Bright Pad to try out! Let's get started with our project!
First, take apart your embroidery hoop and trace around the outside of your inner ring. This will leave a blank template for you to fill in with whatever you like. Today, I'm going to do a cactus pattern inspired by the book Botanical Line Drawings by Peggy Dean.
Next, sketch out your design in pencil. I love the 2H Tombow pencil because it leaves a crisp line that is easy to erase. Don't worry if you make mistakes or change your mind with you design - that's what the eraser is for! I messed up a bit with the stripes in the plant above, making them too big, but I erased and redrew them smaller. Once you're happy with your sketch, trace over it with the MONO Drawing Pen. I like the 01 size because the super fine tip allows you to get all the little details.
After tracing over your sketch with the pen, place your drawing on the Cricut BrightPad and use washi tape to keep it in place. Layer your fabric over your drawing and again use washi to secure. The last thing you want is your paper and fabric moving around. Next, get your pen and start tracing your drawing onto the fabric. The 01 MONO Drawing Pen is great for keeping lines thin and adding fine details. I like to draw lightly on my fabric to keep the lines even finer.
Alternatively, you could use the fine point of the Tombow TwinTone markers to draw on your fabric if you want specific colors on your pattern to follow. For my personal embroidery, I like to wing it and go with where the emerging piece is leading me, so that's why I used the drawing pen instead.
I copied the stripes of the zebra succulent so that I will know the sizing and spacing of them as I'm stitching. For the cactus and the other succulent, I'll use the direction of my stitching to add detail. Once everything is traced, you're done! All that's left to do is add your fabric pattern to your embroidery hoop and get stitching.
I hoped you enjoyed this different kind of post today! What kind of pattern would you make? I think it would also be really cool to have your kids write their name or draw on some fabric, then stitch that as a keepsake. Until next time, stay crafty!