Adding embroidery designs to
candles is a hot trend. It's
fast and fun, and soon you'll
have candles that coordinate to
every season, holiday, or
The process is so simple: stitch
a design onto tulle or organza
with water-soluble stabilizer on
top. Soak the stabilizer away,
trim around the design, and
apply to the candle!
Read below for more project instructions, and ideas!
or organza fabric
(choose a color that closely
matches the candle)
**Temporary spray adhesive
stabilizer (we use Sulky
Choosing Designs for your Candle Project:
When choosing designs for application to
a candle, choose light to medium-weight
designs. Designs that are complex (those
with high stitch counts, or a lot of small
detail) don't work well on tulle or organza,
so won't be the best choice for this
project. Keep the size of the design in mind
also, so that it isn't too large and
overpowers the candle.
In this project we used:
Intricate Ice Snowflake 4 (Bluework) - Sm
Damask Ornament 2 - Sm
Autumn Fleur de Lis
Other Project Notes:
Either tulle or organza can be used in this
project. Organza has a tighter weave than
tulle, and we preferred organza for a couple
of reasons. First, the tighter weave means
that you can use designs that have running
stitches in them (such as the
bluework snowflake). Second, the organza
seemed to blend better into the candle than
tulle. While it's our preference to use
organza, either organza or tulle can be used
in this project successfully.
Also, sometimes scented candles feel a bit
oily, and we were concerned about the
embroidery sticking to the candle. We
decided to use unscented candles for this
project. If you've used scented candles
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how you did it! We'll gladly post your
comments and tips
A Note About Safe Burning:
As a safety precaution, when the candle
begins to burn down, peel the embroidery
away. It's easy to reapply the embroidery to
a new candle later.
create a paper template of the
design by printing it at full
size. Position the template on
the candle where you want
it. Make sure the design fits
well on the candle.
Cut a piece of tulle or organza, and heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer,
(WSS) a bit larger than your
hoop. Choose tulle or
that closely matches the color
of the candle. This will help
the edges of the fabric blend in
well when it is glued onto the
Spray the WSS with a
quick shot of temporary adhesive
and smooth the tulle or organza on top.
Flip the fabric and stabilizer
over so that the stabilizer is
right side up.
Tulle and organza have a lot of
texture, so placing the
water-soluble stabilizer on top
provides a smooth surface for
the stitching. That helps to
keep the edges of the design
nice, neat, and clean.
Hoop the stabilizer and tulle or
Attach the hoop to the machine,
and embroidery the design.
When the design has finished, trim
away the excess stabilizer, but
don't trim the organza or tulle.
Trim any long threads
on the back of the embroidery.
Remove the WSS -- this varies
depending on the package
instructions. We use Sulky Ultra
Solvy, so we soaked the embroidery
in warm water to remove the
Blot the fabric with paper
towels and allow it to air dry.
Place the template back onto the
candle and tape it in place. Use a
pin to poke holes around the design
on the outer edges
Remove the template. Then trim
the fabric around the design,
leaving about 1/4 inch to 1/2
inch of excess fabric.
the back of the fabric with
permanent multi-purpose spray
adhesive making sure to cover
the outer edges.
Align the fabric on the candle
using the pinholes as guides.
Press the fabric in place, and
your candle is complete!
Once we started, we couldn't stop! The
candle on the left is the
autumn fleur de lis, and
beautiful for fall. Or, stitch in purple, green, or gold
for Mardi Gras!
The candle in the middle is a
damask ornament stitched
in gold for Christmas.
The candle on the right is a
bluework snowflake, great
Choose designs for any season, holiday, or special
event, and let your creativity glow!
The first time we heard about adding
embroidery to candles was when
sent in photos for the Stitchers
designs. The candles are gifts, so
as the candle burns down, the
recipient can remove the ornament
and add it to the tree!
Here's another project from Charlie,
lace wreaths wrapped
around a wide candle. Beautiful
work, Charlie, and thanks for
sending in these photos!
Charlie used 3M commercial spray
adhesive to secure the designs to
the candle. Then, the candle was
wrapped with wax paper and secured
with a rubber band overnight to make
sure that the embroidery stayed in
Barbara delighted us when she sent
in pictures of her own candle project.
She incorporated Angelina "Hot Fix" fibers*
when stitching out the
(Toile) design. What a great
idea! She also sent along tips and
instructions for her project.
Two pieces of Tulle
Angelina in any color*
Plain head dressmakers pins
Snowflake (Toile) design
Iron a piece of
Angelina (per directions on package)
to fit within a 4 x 4 hoop. Use as
much or as little as you desire
depending on how much "sparkle" you
Place Angelina between the two
pieces of Tulle and hoop. Sew out
Toile Snowflake design.
Cut out the
design - close to the stitches
but not through them. Wash out
the stabilizer if you wish.
Barbara left her stabilizer
intact for a bit more "form." Add Hot Fix Crystals
to the embroidery if desired.
Using the plain
the toile snowflake to a candle.
Place pins so it looks like more
A beautiful gift!
When the candle burns down,
remove the embroidery and hang
the snowflake as an ornament. If
you have light behind the
ornament, it will sparkle!
Thanks for sharing your project,
*Angelina "Hot Fix" fibers
can be ironed together to
produce a nonwoven type of
fabric. Angelina fibers are
available in a variety of colors
and can be found at your local
fabric store and
Tips From Stitchers:
Irene wrote in with an
alternative way of attaching the
embroidery: Use a heat gun to
slightly soften the wax on the
side of the candle (a hair dryer
would work for this, too), and
push the organza or tulle into
the surface to hide it. Be
careful -- the wax melts
quickly! "It works beautifully
on any candle except the ones
that have just a layer of color
on the outside," she writes.
also wrote in with a great tip
for attaching the embroidery.
She writes, "I
embroidered on tulle and cut
around it as close as I could.
Then I put Pritt Stick on the
back of the embroidery, attached
it to the candle, and
warmed it with a hair dryer.
After a minute it will stick and
it is done. No pins, or
anything! I just held it in my
hand until it was cold. My
candle has been standing for 3
weeks now and still looks great!"
Kathy likes to burn down
the candle about 1/3 of the way,
clip the wick, and place a
battery-operated tea light
inside, so the candle can have a
gentle glow and last
Emma wrote in with a
great tip for a decorative
touch. She embroidered lace
snowflakes and attached them to
the candle using little short
pins with the colored heads. She
writes, "I put some
with a different color pin on
each point and some with all the
same. They make such nice gifts
and anyone that I have given
them to are so thrilled to get
Marilyn shared a unique
tip for decorating her candles.
The candle she used wasn't wax
on the outside. It burns on the
inside but the outer layer
doesn't melt. Marilyn made a
freestanding lace angel using
metallic thread. Then, she
applied E-6000 glue to the back
of the embroidery and glued it
to the candle. Marilyn
mentioned, "I held it place to
make sure it was stuck on good
and then let it dry. The next
day it was dry and completely
glued onto the candle."
Diane found a great way
to use scented candles. She
lace snowflake on tulle, then
warmed the finished lace piece
with an iron, stuck it on the
candle, and rolled the candle to
press it into the surface. Diane
also mentioned, "Make sure to
check how much heat your fabric
will take. It's hard to get your
embroidery hot enough, I ended
up touching my iron right onto
the candle very carefully so no
wax got on my iron."
Meganne also wrote in
with a great tip for decorating
scented candles. She writes, "After
many attempts to attach an
embroidery design to a scented
candle, I finally succeeded
using Mod Podge. Using a
brush, I covered the whole back
of the design and used pins to
hold it in place. I then brushed
another layer of Mod Podge over
the surface of the design.
A word of advice,
be careful if using pins to hold
the design in place as the pins
I used reacted with the glue and
left tiny marks on the design."
also had success using Mod Podge
to decorate her candle. She
didn't have any organza but
found some no show stabilizer
that had the look of sheer
fabric that she used to
embroider. She writes, "When I
went to glue it onto my candles,
I only had a thick type of glue
(a thirty year old jar of Mod
Podge). I diluted it and used a
sponge brush to place it on the
back of the designs. I didn't
want to use any pins, so I
wrapped a piece of plastic food
wrap drawn taut around each
candle. I left the designs till
they were mostly dry, removed
the plastic wrap, and let them
finish drying. I was very
pleased with the results."
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