Last year I painted a little watercolor gnome. This year I used this watercolor gnome to to make a pattern so I could embroider it. You can use my simple gnome drawing to create your own watercolor or embroidered gnome.
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Download Gnome Drawing
Right click on it and save it to your device or camera roll.
Transfer the gnome drawing to watercolor paper using a piece of graphite paper between the pattern and watercolor paper then trace over it with a pen or pencil. Use a kneaded eraser to lighten the graphite lines. Use your watercolors to bring this little gnome to life. You can see details on how I painted another watercolor gnome here.
I sized my drawing to fit in a 6 inch hoop. I covered my outer hoop with a piece of red Christmas fabric. I cut a long strip on the bias and used Modpodge to glue it to the outer hoop. I let it dry completely before I placed the cotton fabric with the design in it.
Cut a piece of white cotton fabric to fit in your hoop. I like to use Kona cotton. Its a nice heavy weight cotton and available at my local Joann’s Fabric store. Use a light box and place the fabric over the drawing. Use a Pilot Frixon pen to trace the gnome drawing. The Frixon pen will disappear with heat. When you are through with your embroidery you can press it with a warm iron or use your blow dryer to apply heat and the pen will disappear like magic.
I used three strand of floss for my design. The colors I chose are on the gnome drawing. For the hat brim, nose, body, shoes and mittens do the satin stitch. Chain stitch to make the hat stripes. French nots for the eyes and cuffs. His beard is a made from short and long stitches in shades of gray and white. The snowflakes are made with straight stitches and French nots. You can find lots of embroidery stitch tutorials on Youtube.
To finish my embroidery I left it in the hoop and gathered the extra fabric and pulled it to the back then covered the back of the hoop with a piece of 6 inch felt. There are many different methods for finishing the back online.
Enjoy your little gnome creation!
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