Craft an ethereal winter scene with unique
multi-layered embroidery! Stitch each design separately onto
translucent organza, then hoop in a hand embroidery hoop and stack
together. Available in a range of sizes, these decorations are sure
To create your shadowbox, gather your
To get started, cut a piece of organza fabric larger
than your hoop. Spray a piece of heavy duty water-soluble stabilizer
with temporary spray adhesive, and smooth it on the back of the organza.
Hoop the fabric and organza taut together.Since the embroidery
will be seen from both sides, you'll also want to wind a bobbin to match
each color thread that you'll be using for the design.
Each organza shadowbox design consists of two
files. Load file "a" into the machine, and start stitching. Make
sure to match the bobbin thread to the top thread.Once the
design is complete, repeat these instructions to hoop up another
piece of organza with heavy water soluble stabilizer, and stitch
Once both designs have sewn out, remove the organza
from the hoop. Cut away the excess stabilizer and trim any loose or long
threads on the backside of the embroidery.Soak away the
remaining stabilizer according to the package instructions. Let the
organza air dry, then press with an iron set on a low heat setting,
using a pressing cloth between the iron and the embroidery.
To add the organza panel to the hand embroidery
hoop, start by laying the panel face up, and mark the center of the
design with an air erase or water soluble marker.
Lay design piece "a" face up over the inner hoop of
the hand embroidery hoop. Place the outer hoop over the fabric, so that
the mark lines up with the center of the hoop screw. Press firmly so
that the fabric lays smooth and taut. Tighten the hoop screw. Do not
trim the edges yet.Repeat this step for design "b".
Lay the embroidery hoops, raw edge of the fabric
up, and trim the excess fabric. Try to get as close to the hoop's
edge as possible.
On the back of the hoop containing design "a", run a
line of hot glue along the edge of the hoop.
Attach the front of the embroidery hoop,
containing design "b" to the back of the design "a" hoop, and press
firmly for ten seconds.
Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the
circumference of the stacked embroidery hoops. Attach the ribbon to the
outside of the hoops with hot glue.
Add a loop of ribbon or string through the hoop
screw to hang your shadowbox.
Display your wintry shadowbox in front of a window
or other light source to create a magical effect!