Porcelain Flowers T-Shirt

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This is the freest take on a regional stitch in the Scandinavian Stitch Craft book, by Karin Holmberg. The question is if you can even call this blackwork, as it is sewn using white floss.

Step 1

Please note: If you’re not the pedantic type you can embroider cross stitch, flat stitch and back stitch freehand, but the t-shirt will end up with a more “unique” look.
Technique: free blackwork
• DMC white mouliné
• a T-shirt in a suitable size
• evenweave linen, or Aida

Step 2

Draw the pattern using a white marker pen, but don’t push too hard because the fabric breaks through a fair amount with this pattern, and you don’t want to see traces of the pen through the embroidery.

Step 3

Next, cut pieces of evenweave linen, or Aida, to cover the shape of the pattern, in this case approximately 5 x 5 cm/ 2" x 2". Sew whipstitch around all edges to prevent the weave from fraying.

Step 4

Pin and baste the weave over the pattern so that it ends up right on top. Now draw the shapes again, on the weave.

Step 5

Embroider through both the weave and the T-shirt with two threads mouliné floss. Fill the shape you’ve drawn with cross stitch and/or flat stitch. Make sure that you bring the needle through between the threads in the supporting weave, or you will have a hard time removing it.

Step 6

To remove the hemmed edge, use embroidery scissors to cut the weave around the embroidery. Carefully pull the threads that are now loose. Remove one at a time, first horizontally, then vertically. The actual embroidery now remains on the T-shirt, aligned and neat.

Step 7

Continue with the rest of the patterns and shapes. The stem that ties the flowers together is sewn using back stitch and doesn’t need supporting weave.

Step 8

This how-to is excerpted with permission from "Scandinavian Stitch Craft: Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery" by Karin Holmberg (Running Press).

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