I’m always looking for reasons to use glow in the dark thread and October is the perfect month to find some. This Embroidered Boo Sweater uses an easy pattern that will really make a plain sweater pop during the day, but is extra special at night when the glow in the dark floss shows up.
- black sweater
- DMC E940 floss
- Ghost Boo pattern
- embroidery needle
- embroidery scissors
- straight pins
- tracing or baking paper (or anything you can trace the pattern onto)
Download and print out the Ghost Boo pattern. Cut out the individual elements.
Trace the pattern onto your tracing or baking paper. I ended up using baking paper (it was the only see-through paper I had in the flat) after trying soluble canvas and not liking it for this project. If you’re comfortable enough, you can stitch directly onto the paper you print out, but I like the see-through aspect of this.
Pin the pattern onto your sweater where you want it to be. It’s a small pattern, so it will work on a lot of collars. If you have a collar that’s too curvy for it, you can stitch it on as a badge.
I used a basic back stitch. Once you’ve finished stitching the outline, carefully remove the paper. I used a combination of cutting it away and using small tweezers. Fill in the letters as little or as much as you want. Use the same process to add any ghosts. Stitching is a balancing act of keeping both the sweater and floss tight but not too tight. The glow in the dark thread has a different feel than regular floss, too, and can be a bit springy. It might take a bit of trial and error, but a bit of fill-in after the paper is removed will help cover up any small mistakes.
I love love love my Embroidered Boo Sweater. The white glow in the dark stitching on the black sweater really pops but also doesn’t make you feel like you’ve gone overboard (I’ll save that for another project!). It’s a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit.