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Working the Dreidel Pattern
Dreidels for Hanukkah

Detail of Herringbone Stitch on the Dreidel

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

Directions:
Cut a square of evenweave fabric four inches larger all around than the desired size of the embroidered area, and fold the fabric into quarters and mark the center point of the base fabric. Center the pattern under the fabric and *trace the embroidery design onto the fabric using a water-soluble fabric marking pen.

Embroider the design using your favorite embroidery thread (If using embroidery floss, use 2 strands of floss when working the pattern full-size) using an assortment of surface embroidery stitches.

Work the design in the traditional Hanukkah colors of blue and silver on white, or use bright primary colors for a festive look the kids will love.

The outlines of the dreidels can be worked in stem stitch or back stitch.

The center square area is designed to be worked in the herringbone stitch, and a detail of the stitch is shown above. Pay close attention to the stitches in the diagram, so that your stitches go over and under each other properly.

The hay, gimel, shin and nun symbols can be stitched as an outline, or use satin stitch to fill the letters.

Once completed, the design can be framed and displayed.

*TIP: If you have difficulty seeing the pattern through the fabric, use a light box, or trace the design by holding the fabric and pattern up to a window.

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