How to Sew an Embroidered Mandala
Embroidery is an ever growing trend, and allows the delicate and impressive embellishment of any style of illustration or typography. Here our Haberdashery expert, Kathi, has created a stunning mandala template to help illustrate a guide of 10 embroidery stitches. Take a look, learn a new craft or test out some new stitches on this mandala design!
Take the needle in and out along the line being stitched. Keep the stitch length even on the top, short stitches on the back will make the front stitches closer together and vice versa.
Come out at A, where the knot is wanted. Wrap the thread twice around the needle. Pull the wraps tight against the fabric and insert the needle back at A. Hold the knot against the fabric and take the thread through to the back. To work a closely spaced group, take the needle to the next position and repeat.
Threaded Running Stitch
Make an even row of running stitches. With a contrasting thread, lace up through one stitch and down through the next. Do not pierce the fabric of the threads of the running stitches.
Bring the needle out at A and insert at B. Bring it out again at C, close as possible to A, pulling the thread across the back smoothly. Insert at D. Continue keeping the front and back smooth and the edges even.
Work from left to right and keep the thread below the line of stitching. Bring the needle out at A, insert at B and come out again at C, about halfway back towards A. Insert the needle at D and come back out at B, keeping an even stitch length. Repeat the sequence to continue, keeping an even stitch length.
Bring the needle up at A at the top of the line and insert it in the same hole. Hold the thread under the needle and come out below at B. Pull gently. Re-insert the needle at B in the same hole and repeat, coming up at C with the thread under the needle Each loop will be held in place by the next. Tie the last loop in place by working a tiny stitch over the bottom loop.
Work from right to left, bring the needle out at A. Insert the needle at B and come out at C. Insert the needle at A agin and come out at D. Repeat the sequence to continue, keeping an even stitch length.
Working from left to right, bring the needle up at A and down at B. Bring the needle out at C, splitting the stitch in the middle. Insert the needle at D and repeat to continue.
Bring the needle out at A, moving slightly to the right take a vertical stitch from B to C, looping the thread under the needle. Repeat, keeping the gap between even.
Take three vertical straight stitches side by side. Bring the needle out at A, behind the centre thread. Slide the needle to the left under the first stitch. Take the needle over to the right right and slide it under all three stitches. Take the needle to the right again and slide it under the vertical stitches and insert at A. Sheaf stitch can be worked in groups, in rows or at random.
Now that you have learnt the stitches, you can put them into practice with this pretty Mandala design. For this creation I used colours 207, 205, 214, 607 and 111 from the Bright Embroidery Floss Pack.
1. Download and print the Mandala template.
2. Use a lightbox or a good light source and a fabric pencil to transfer your design onto your pre-ironed fabric.
3. Place the design into the embroidery hoop. For each stitch in this design you will be using three strands of the embroidery thread.
4. Following the downloaded thread guide and the stitch guide above, start your design with the purple running stitch in the middle of the Mandala.
5. Next, add the french knots in blue.
6. Add a pink and green threaded running stitch to all of the petals.
7. Satin stitch two petals in green.
8. Add four sets of stem stitches in orange in the middle of the petals.
9. Add a french knot in blue to the end of each of the stem stitches.
10. Add a chain stitch in purple.
11. Add a chain stitch in green.
12. Satin stitch the next petals in purple and add back stitch around these.
13. Add a split stitch around each petal in orange.
14. Add back stitches in pink and blue.
15. Add green french knots around each of the orange split stitches.
16. Add the purple stem stitches.
17. Then add a pink back stitch around each of the purple stem stitches.
18. Add six blue split stitched circles.
19. Add the orange chain stitched petals.
20. Add a purple back stitch around each of these.
21. Go around the whole outline with a green blanket stitch.
22. Finally add four sheaf stitches to each point of the mandala.
23. Once you have completed your embroidery, you can turn it into a wall hanging using the embroidery hoop or alternatively this would make a pretty cushion design. To make the wall hanging, ensure your fabric is tight in the hoop, snip the fabric close to the hoop, leaving about a 1cm allowance. Using a glue gun stitch the remaining fabric to the back of the hoop. As an optional extra you can add a piece of felt to the back, this will give the wall hanging a clean finish, perfect for giving as a gift. Finally add a piece of embroidery thread for your hoop to hang.