Free Design: Key to My Heart Embroidery Art Project

Attention machine embroidery enthusiasts! This month we’re helping you express your heartfelt thoughts with framed stitches. Use the Brother Free Design of the Month as a starting point for your loving sentiments and customize this framed art with your own message for a special gift.

Materials and Supplies

Note: The featured combination design fits a 5-inch X 7-inch hoop. The Free Design by itself will fit within a 4-inch hoop. If your hoop size is limited to 4-inch X 4-inch, consider creating a design with multiple hoopings.
  • Brother Embroidery Threads.
  • Brother Bobbin Thread.
  • Removeable marker for fabric.
  • Cotton fabric measuring approximately 10-inches wide X 13-inches long for embroidering design.
  • Medium weight fusible interfacing for backing fabric with two layers applied.
Tip: Select an interfacing similar to the type used for crisp collars and cuffs on a shirt.
  • Pre-purchased frame suitable for a 5” X 7” photo.
  • See Figure #1. Brother Free Design of the Month: Skeleton Key 1.pes
[caption id="attachment_18705" align="aligncenter" width="605"] Figure #1[/caption]

Steps to Create Embroidered Art

  1. Transfer Free Design to your machine.
  2. Measure the inside of your picture frame and record measurement. In this example the inside dimension measures 4 ½-inches X 6 ½-inches.
  3. Working with the 5-inch X 7-inch hoop area, create a combination design as follows:
  • Start with the outer rectangular frame shape, sizing it to fit within frame measurement recorded in Step #2. Note: Featured design uses frame shape patterns built into all Brother embroidery machines. See Figure #2.
[caption id="attachment_18706" align="aligncenter" width="722"] Figure #2[/caption]
  • Add free Skeleton Key 1.pes design and move it toward center of frame.
  • Add heart frame shape. See Figure #3.
[caption id="attachment_18707" align="aligncenter" width="722"] Figure #3[/caption]
  • Add small sized lettering inside heart. Re-size heart to fit around lettering. Featured heart measures 2.37” wide X 2.73” high. See featured font in Figure #4.
[caption id="attachment_18708" align="aligncenter" width="760"] Figure #4[/caption]
  • Add additional small lettering for message near the bottom.
  • Adjust designs to fit within frame shape, rotating and moving as necessary. See completed design below:
  1. Disassemble frame. Prepare fabric by fusing one layer of interfacing to the wrong side, making it firm and smooth. See Figure #5.
[caption id="attachment_18709" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Figure #5[/caption]
  1. Layer fabric with tear away stabilizer and place in 5-inch X 7-inch hoop. Embroider design. See Figure #6.
[caption id="attachment_18710" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Figure #6[/caption]
  1. Remove excess stabilizer, and press finished piece.
  2. Use glass from frame to trace around the design, taking care to handle the glass carefully. See Figure #7.
[caption id="attachment_18711" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Figure #7[/caption]
  1. Cut embroidered fabric to fit inside picture opening. Apply a second piece of fusible interfacing to the wrong side. Gather items to put frame together. See Figure #8.
[caption id="attachment_18712" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Figure #8[/caption] Put frame back together and admire your handiwork! You are finished! Enjoy!

Options and Ideas:

  • Create a design combination to fit a larger or smaller fame using the same general instructions.
  • Leave glass off frame and add three-dimensional trim, beads, buttons, or novelty items as desired.
  • Use the basic guidelines for creating a combination design, making it to fit on the front of a heart shaped pillow.
  • Use this idea as a center block for a quilted wall hanging.