This puppy's straight from Pinterest here (Note: I tried to link the blog this came from, but it doesn't exist anymore. Sorry.) I can't embroider. At all. needle crafts aren't my thing. If I can't duct tape it I usually don't do it. But this I could do.
Cloth (like muslin or something easily embroiderable)
Embroidery thread - one color for each hand
Needle (and threader)
Washable marker (I used a sewing-specific one)
Step 1: Use the cardstock to trace each family member's hand print. Cut out each hand slightly smaller than the tracing.
Step 2: Place fabric in embroidery hoop, aiming for the middle of the fabric (if framing.) Pull fabric taut.
Step 3: Trace around the largest hand outline with washable marker.
Step 4: Thread needle. Start sewing/embroidering along the drawn hand.
Step 5: Continue until the first hand is done. Layer the second hand over the first, following steps 3 and 4 with a different color embroidery thread color.
Optional: Using the washable marker, write the year or family name near the hands. Embroider with yet another thread color.
Step 7: Remove fabric from hoop. Wash lightly in cool water. Let dry. Iron flat.
Step 8: Trim fabric to frame size. Frame.
Step 9: Wrap and put under the Christmas tree.
Of course I forgot to take a pic before I wrapped the frames. So, you don't get a fully framed shot. My apologies.
I used a gradient of blue colors to donate the boys in the family. I used pink to highlight me (the only chick in this joint.) I feel like it gives another element to the project.
I chose to embroider (ha!) the year underneath the hands. The first one I tried was with a smaller date. That's hard to embroider. So, the second time around I went with a larger "2011". It came out much better.
Again, I have no idea if the stitch method I used is actually embroidery. I'm sure it's not. I went purely on instinct and I'm happy with how it turned out. In an effort to not develop my own language, I'm simply calling my hot mess of a stitch embroidery. Don't flame me.