Round up these supplies:
template for mouse (download here)
erasable fabric marker (mine was water soluble)
felt scraps (any blend of wool or man made material)
graph paper (any gauge will work)
fine tipped Sharpie pen or something similar (in a dark color)
7 inch wooden embroidery hoop
10in. x 10in. (roughly) piece of fabric
Download and print the template for the mouse. It's easier to trace if you print it onto cardstock, but regular paper will do in a pinch.
Open a Word document and type the words using the font "CAC Shishoni Brush" at size 65. In case you missed it, the words are "not a creature was stirring." Print the words out onto regular paper.
Cut out the mouse body pieces (the three raindrop shapes) and the words.
Draw a circle on your graph paper by tracing around the inside of your embroidery hoop with a dark-colored pen.
Tape your piece of graph paper to a window. I've heard that there is such a thing as a light box for tracing purposes, but since I don't have anything fancy schmancy like that, I use a window. Oh, and make sure there's daylight outside!
Tape the words and the mouse body piece how you want them to be laid out within the circle. I chose to do the words near the top (using the graph paper lines as a guide so that nothing was crooked) and the mouse near the bottom. Just be sure to leave some space on either side of the mouse for his ears and whiskers. The tape peels off easily so you can adjust things as you go.
Pencil in a mouse tail. I chose to make mine cross over the letter "g" - but you feel free to make your little mouse's tail do whatever it wants. When you're happy with the tail, trace over it with a fine tipped pen.
Iron your fabric and tape it over the graph paper on the window. Tape all four corners and add a couple of pieces of tape to each side to keep the fabric from shifting while you're tracing.
Trace the entire design (the outer circle, the mouse body and tail, the words) onto the fabric using the fabric marker. When you're done tracing, remove everything from the window and make sure your fabric is tape-free.
Stitch the letters. I used 4 strands of a dark pink embroidery floss (DMC 3731) and a back stitch. I think a stem stitch would look really nice, but alas, I know not how to do that one. Make sure not to embroider the part of the tail that crosses over the letter "g." See the photo below for more detail.
Stitch the mouse tail. I used 4 strands of a dark brown embroidery floss (DMC 838) and a whipped back stitch.
Attach the mouse body. Pin the felt body piece onto your fabric, using the traced raindrop shape as a guide. I used a running stitch and 2 strands of a light brown embroidery floss (almost matching the color of felt) but I don't know the color code because it was part of my thread scraps. What? Doesn't everyone have a nest of random lengths and colors of thread that they can't throw away because they might need them some day?
Leave some space at the point of the raindrop shape for embroidering the nose later. See the photo below for more detail.
Use some really sharp scissors to snip off the excess embroidery floss and the bit of felt just below the stitches you made.
Make a line of glue about 2 inches long along the wooden part on the back of the hoop. Fold over the fabric and press it down onto the glue. There will be little creases in the fabric, but it'll be smooth enough to hang flat on the wall. Work around the hoop in 2 inch sections, making sure that each section is secure/dry before you move on to the next.
Now you've got a nice little wall hanging!
You can either call it quits here or continue on and add some embellishments around the hoop to kind of frame it in. You might add some coordinating ribbon around the flat sides or some buttons and felt stars, like I did. Just use your craft glue to attach them to the hoop/fabric.
This is so sweet. I just love the little mouse. I can just picture using this idea to capture other verses, such as "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care" or "While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads." Everything Megan creates over at Fowl Single File is absolutely adorable. Her Fleece Counting Sheep Bean Bags are my favorite, but she has also made some amazing cupcakes and cakes, and her crochet projects are too cute. Megan, thank you so much for sharing your Christmas embroidery hoop with us today! I hope everyone enjoyed Haul Out the Holly as much as I did!