How to Create a Year of Stitches
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How to Create a Year of Stitches

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time < 1 hour

Document your year in a hoop you will treasure forever! This project is great for all abilities, beginners can use it to practice their stitches and experts can flex their skills. Each stitch represents something that has happened to you every single day of the year.

In this tutorial you will be shown how to set up your hoop and get started with your stitches, along with top tips from our embroidery expert Katherine.

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How to make

Setting up your hoop

Step 1

Cut a piece of cotton approx. 5cm bigger than your hoop and press to remove any creases.

Step 2

Draw a circle onto your fabric using the inner part of the embroidery hoop. Measure horizontally and vertically to find the centre, draw the two central lines with a ruler.

Evenly divide the hoop into 12 sections using a protractor, mark and then join the lines with a ruler.

Erase a small circle in the middle and the outer circle. Write the year in the middle. Alternatively, you could print the A3 template below and transfer onto your fabric using a good light source.

Step 3

Place the fabric into the hoop, making sure the year is in the centre and tighten the hoop.

Step 4

Stitch the year with your chosen colour. Back Stitch or split stitch works well for small text like this. Use two strands of thread.

Step 5

Pick your divider colours, I like to use colours that match the season, this also makes a nice rainbow effect. Stitch the dividers using three strands of thread for each colour.

Starting Your Stitches

Step 1

To start off your stitches, print off the design ideas below. This is optional but will give you a few to get started with. To transfer the designs, remove your fabric from the hoop and trace into the monthly section using a good light source and a fabric pen.

Step 2

Place your fabric back into the hoop and then go on to do the first stitch of the month, for New Years day I started with a blue firework, using two strands of thread for this. Other options could be a champagne glasses, confetti or a party popper.

Continue to fill out your month with stitches, you can do this daily or plan one day of the week or month to do the stitches.

Top Tips

1.  Keep a notebook or use the notes app on your phone to keep track of your stitch diary! It is not always practical to stitch every single day so keeping a note of something you have done will help you when you go to catch up.

2. Don’t worry about making every stitch perfect, this is a fantastic project for practicing and perfecting new stitches. I have learnt that using 1 or 2 strands of thread work best for smaller details and use 3, 4, 5 or 6 for larger more standout stitches.

3. If you’ve had a day where there isn’t anything obvious to stitch, fill with a curved line, a zig-zag, a few French knots or any stitch you would like to practice.

4. Draw your designs onto the fabric before stitching them, I would recommend using a fabric pencil or a heat erasable or vanishing fabric marker.

5. Keep your odd bits of thread, they will probably come in handy!

How to Create a Year of Stitches from Hobbycraft

Helpful Docs & Software

Year of Stitches

A3 Template


A Year of Stitches

A4 Embroidery Designs


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