Using Cutwork in Colder Months

Cutwork is a fun and elegant way of using embroidery to dress up your apparel, but in these chillier winter months, it may look a bit brisk!

What if you’re in love with the new Rose & Bone Cutwork collection, but are sad you have to wait till spring to use it? No worries! There’s a quick design hack to get some use out of it now.

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All you have to do is back it with fabric. This is very easy, and you can include it as a step right in the process to stitch your fabric right into the design! All you have to do is modify the original cutwork tutorial like so:

1) You have cut out your fabric piece and have backed it with your water soluble stabilizer

2) All your cotton lace pieces have sewn

3) Tape your chosen fabric piece behind your design, making sure it covers all open areas

4) Change your bobbin back to the regular rayon thread, and finish stitching your design

That’s it! That way, when you soak your design, your cotton thread will still float effortlessly above your fabric backing, but the rest of your fabric will be stitched together snugly with the satin outlines. When you’re done, just cut away the excess fabric like you would with your stabilizer.

It’s that simple!

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Placing fabric behind your cutwork offers all kinds of options. Add a beautiful ombre fabric for a special effect. Add a matching color fabric for a gorgeous tone-on-tone textural effect. Put organza on the back for an extra light option. If you don’t want your cutwork showing off a bit of skin, or find it just too brisk an option, this is a classy way to still use your cutwork to amazing effect, no matter the season.

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Want an even easier solution? Stitch your cutwork like a regular design. No need to change the bobbin or mess with xacto knives. Your elegant piece will just stitch as a lacy textured accent on anything you stitch it on, like this pillow example.

So if you’re fretting the cold air, try one of these versions and keep yourself chic and toasty. Plus, don’t forget, the Rose & Bone Cutwork collection is only on sale for a limited time! Go grab it now and get stitching no matter the season.

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4 Responses to “Using Cutwork in Colder Months”

  1. 1
    Missy K says:

    Lovely idea. I love the idea of using 3 different colors.

  2. 2
    Kathy says:

    Thanks for the great designs and tutorials. The world of embroidery is a better place because of the folks at Urban Threads.

  3. 3
    Margo Mom says:

    Bought the Cut-work Rose upon first sight and have embroidered it on two shirts for friends. They are thrilled and awaiting spring in Michigan to wear their beautiful tops. It did embroider nicely and I appreciated the detailed instructions. Thank You!

  4. 4
    SUEANN ZABELL says:

    Can’t wait to embroider the rose! Just have to get the right shade of cotton thread.

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