How To: Cutwork Embroidery

February 10, 2020

How To:  Cutwork Embroidery

To Complete a Cutwork Design you will need:

  • Stabilizer (use the best stabilizer for the fabric you will be using)
  • Fabric (we recommend a test stitch out for best results)
  • Embroidery Thread (see color chart included with your design)
  • Water-soluble Stabilizer (we recommend a vilene type for best results)
  • Sharp point scissors (to remove any jump stitches)
  • Craft Knife and Cutting mat
  • Embroidery Design (use the correct format for your machine)

  • Hoop your fabric and stabilizer.
  • Stitch the 1st color stop. 
  • Use your craft knife and cutting mat to remove the fabric by carefully cutting between the 2 running stitches.

  • Use your sharp point embroidery scissors if necessary

  • If the design has more than 1 cutwork area, simply repeat the previous steps.

  • Cut away any loose thread
  • Turn hoop over

  • Place a double layer of water-soluble stabilizer on the back of the design (back of the hoop)

  • Use masking tape to keep the water-soluble stabilizer in place

  • Place hoop back in your embroidery machine and stitch the rest of the design.

  • Once the design is complete, remove the hoop and cut away the excess water-soluble stabilizer from the back of the design.

  • Place a towel or face cloth behind the design and use a wet Q-tip to remove the water-soluble stabilizer.

  • Repeat the process if there are multiple cutwork areas in your design.

  • Your Cutwork Project is complete!

I used the Richelieu Cutwork Monogram to demonstrate the Cutwork technique. 

Click HERE for the Richelieu Cutwork Monograms

Click HERE for the Cutwork designs

Happy stitching Friends and we look forward to see your Beautiful Projects!

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