White linen or coarsely woven cotton fabricEmbroidery thread, assorted bright coloursCrewel needleEmbroidery hoopBroderie Anglaise trimming, 100cm (optional)Erasable marker pen
Stitch a summer top
1 If using a blouse pattern, trace around the front yoke and cut a template from card. Place this on white linen and draw around it. Flip the template over and draw around it again, to create two front yoke pieces. Cut these out roughly, allowing a good margin of fabric all round. If you are embellishing a ready-made blouse, simply embroider directly onto your chosen section.
2 Download and print the motif by clicking the button above, and tape it to a light box or a window. Place the fabric on top and trace the design, using an erasable marker pen or pencil. Make sure the design fits well within the seam allowance. Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop. As you complete each area of the design, you will need to reposition it in the hoop.
3 Thread a crewel needle with two strands of six stranded embroidery thread and, following the instructions for satin stitch here, fill in the traced design. Begin with the flower centres, then work outwards, embroidering the stems and leaves. Choose as many bright colours as you wish to complete the pattern.
4 When the embroidery is finished, remove the fabric from the hoop and press it lightly on the reverse. Cut out along the outline you have drawn. If using a pattern, follow the instructions inside the envelope to complete your blouse. If you wish, add a length of lace trimming each side of the design to finish.