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Adding Embroidery to Candles



Illuminate your decor with embroidery where you least expect it -- on the side of a candle! Sheer organza fabric and a bit of heat allow your stitching to sit directly on top of the wax, adding personal flair to your decor. We'll show you how to create this unique project!




To add embroidery to a candle you'll need:

  • Embroidery design of your choice - we're using Lacy Floral Spray. Light and open designs work best with organza.
  • Candle
  • Organza to match the color of your candle
  • Heavy weight water soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene or Sulky Ultra Solvy)
  • Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
  Adding Embroidery to Candles



Adding Embroidery to Candles  

Lightly spray the back of the organza with temporary spray adhesive, and smooth the heavy water soluble stabilizer on the back of the fabric. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, and embroider the design. For more details, see the Embroidering on Sheer Fabric tutorial.

Once the design has sewn, remove it from the embroidery hoop and trim away the excess stabilizer. Soak away the remaining water soluble stabilizer according to the package instructions, then allow the fabric to air dry.




Remove excess organza, leaving a 0.25" border around the top and bottom of the design. Do not cut the sides until the design has been secured to the candle.

  Adding Embroidery to Candles



Adding Embroidery to Candles  

Use a blow dryer on high to heat the side of the candle and allow it to melt slightly.




Press the design firmly so that the back of the design sinks into the melted wax. Allow the wax to cool.

  Adding Embroidery to Candles



Adding Embroidery to Candles  

Repeat the two previous steps until the design is secured with in the candle wax. Then cut away the excess organza from the sides. Leave a 0.25" border.




Your embellished candle is complete! Embroidery adds an unexpected touch of color and glamour to candles for any occasion.

As a safety precaution, when the candle begins to burn down, peel the embroidery away. You can reapply the embroidery to a new candle if you wish.

  Adding Embroidery to Candles
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