Making the Caramel Apple embroidery pattern
Tap into your inner child with this sweet Caramel Apple embroidery pattern. Memories of apple orchards, hay rides, and fresh caramel will surround you while you're stitching this design. Great for all levels of stitchers!
In this blog post, we will review the basic embroidery stitches used in the Caramel Apple embroidery pattern as well as talk about a helpful tip to keep track of colors for the sprinkles and peanuts.
More info about the Caramel Apple pattern
The Caramel Apple embroidery pattern is a Skill Level 1 - perfect for beginners! We like to call a design like this one a '2-movie project' It will likely take 3-6 hours to complete (depending on your experience level). Not too long that it feels unattainable, but long enough to put your feet up for a bit after a long day.
The finished size of the Caramel Apple design is 3 1/2" x 6" (approximately 9 cm x 15 cm) and frames nicely in an 8" embroidery hoop.
Stitches in the Caramel Apple pattern
This pattern uses just three basic embroidery stitches: backstitch, stem stitch, and French knot stitch. Let's review each one quickly as a refresher. Click on any image to learn more about the stitch, including step-by-step instructions and a how-to video.
Backstitch - Bring needle UP at 1. Insert needle DOWN at 2 making a stitch backwards along the line to meet last stitch. Come UP at 3 a stitch length away from 1. Continue along line.
Stem stitch - Bring needle UP at 1. Insert needle DOWN a stitch length away at 2. In the same motion, keeping the excess floss below the line, come UP at 3 next to the last stitch. Continue along line.
French knot - Bring needle UP at 1. Point needle away from fabric. Wrap floss around the needle twice. Now point the needle towards fabric and insert needle point at 2, a few fabric threads from 1. Pull floss snug against needle and fabric. Slowly pull needle DOWN to back of fabric until knot is secure.
Tips for the Caramel Apple pattern
This pattern is straight-forward, and fun to stitch. However, we do have a couple of tips to make your stitching time even mroe enjoyable.
Sprinkles: This pattern uses 3 strands of floss all around, but for the sprinkles, you'll use all 6 strands. This is what gives the thick, realistic look to the sprinkles. This part of the pattern is also stitched with one long stitch - see the Seed Stitch blog for more information.
Tracking colors for sprinkles and peanuts: Once stitched, all the colorful sprinkles are so fun, but when you're looking at black lines it can be a bit overwhelming. One trick we use to track which colors go where is using a water soluble pen, or a pencil to mark the color you plan to stitch. Here's how:
Using the pattern as your guide, mark the sprinkles on your fabric with a little mark (a small dot works) for the color you're stitching next. For example, if you're stitching red, mark each of the sprinkles that are going to be red. That way, when you're stitching, you can just find your marks.
Do the same for the different color French knots for the peanuts on the other side. This takes away the stress of looking back and forth to your pattern and prevents the frustration of losing your spot!
Have you tried this trick before? Let us know in the comments what fun embroidery tricks you have!