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Miniature Hand Embroidered Christmas Cactus with free patterns

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

This project combines the classic art of hand embroidery with a modern contemporary style to make a lovely addition to your home deco. this would make a timeless Christmas present or decoration at this fab time of year.

You will need:

  • Embroidery thread in browns, red, blue, black, yellow, purple, greens.

  • Embroidery hoop 4”

  • Embroidery needles

  • Fabric 5” x 5”

  • Felt

  • Free patterns

  • Frixion pen

  • Scissors

  • Glue gun

  • Light tablet

Mini cactus
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Tips -

  1. The Frixion Pen is a gel pen but your marks will disappear when heat is applied to it from ironing, so is perfect for drawing your patterns.

  2. If you have trouble seeing the pattern to trace, use a light tablet.

  3. Natural woven fabrics are usually best for hand embroidery techniques, such as cotton, wool, linen or silk for your background.

Step 1 Print out the pattern and trace on to the centre of your fabric with a Frixion Pen, if you have trouble seeing it use a light tablet. (The Frixion Pen is a gel pen but your marks will disappear when heat is applied to it from ironing)

Practice the Satin Stitch, Back stitch and the Granitos Stitch as shown on the template sheet.

Step 2 - Place the fabric into an embroidery hoop.

Step 3 - Start the body of the cactus by alternating sections of the cactus from light green to dark green using the Satin stitch. Use the Satin stitch to fill in the pot in brown. For the cactus top (flower) use the Granitos stitch in red or pink. Use the back stitch for the light string over the top of the cactus. For the Christmas lights I have used the Granitos stitch but you could use the French knot, this would work too. Follow the colours on the patten or what suits you.

Step 4 -

Remove the fabric from the hoop and Iron out any pattern marks.

Step 5 - Before placing the piece back in to the hoop, draw around your hoop on to some felt and cut out. Now put your piece back in to the hoop and ensure that it is taught.

Step 6 - Trim off the over hanging fabric so that there is enough to adhere this to the inner hoop. Use a glue gun to adhere to the inner hoop and then adhere the felt back to the back of the hoop to hide the back of the


Step 7 - Cut a strip of felt approximately 2” x 1”, at each end apply some glue and place on the back top centre of the hoop. this will act as a hook for hanging.

All finished


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Kelly Anne Jordan xx

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