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When August rolls around, everyone is talking about going back to school. But I for one am not ready to abandon summer. So today I'm sharing a fast and easy embroidered watermelon hoop. You'll be able to finish it in a day and enjoy it a long while before the season changes.

Despite the fact that it may be a little off-season, when I suddenly thought about stitching a watermelon, I jumped on it. Consider it my way of preserving a little more of the summer. And you can join me!

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You will need:

Wooden embroidery hoop
Green paint (I used plain and glitter)
Watermelon-colored fabric
Brown or black embroidery floss
Paintbrush
Embroidery tools

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Start by painting the embroidery hoop green. I used a medium green and painted a couple coats so it was even. Next I added a few coats of green glitter paint.

Instead of glitter, you could use a lighter green to add some wobbly lines like you might see on a real watermelon.

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Hoop up your fabric and thread a needle with brown or black embroidery floss. I used all six strands for mine so the embroidery would be bold and show up well.

If you want a face on yours (because it's cute and kawaii!), start with that. Pick a spot and embroider the face with two french knot eyes and a scallop stitch mouth.

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Now, add detached chain stitch (single lazy daisies) watermelon seeds all around the face to fill in the hoop.

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When the embroidery is done, finish off the back of the hoop however you want, and you're done!

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The process of painting the hoop and waiting for it to dry between coats takes longer than the actual stitching. That's how fast this little project is! But it's a great way to hold onto a little bit of summer.

And you could use this same concept to make other kinds of embroidered fruits. For example, you could make a series of different types of melons. Or if you wanted to be a little more seasonal, paint the hoops in apple colors, then use an off white fabric and stitch just a few seeds along with the face. Try it!

Happy stitching!

4 comments:

  1. Perfect timing. I'm putting together a little watermelon slice-no idea what I'm going to do with it-and plan to embroider the seeds. I hadn't really thought about it, but that little daisy stitch (is that what it is?) is perfect. That open space in the middle is just right for the white streak in a lot of watermelon seeds.
    Jan

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  2. This is so cute, I love the face. I can't wait to give it a go - it is lovely to see such an easy project!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly x

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