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      Embroidering on Tulle: This Trend is Sheer Genius


      Embroidery just keeps getting cooler. First, 3-D embroidery was giving us major Insta-envy, but now we're heart eyes all the way for this latest trend: sheer embroidery. Not familiar? Sheer embroidery leans into see-through fabrics, such as tulle, organza, and silk to create stunning embroidery designs that seem to be floating on glass.

      Make a wish

      Photo by @velvetmeadow
      Airy, delicate dandelions lend themselves perfectly to the sheer treatment. If you plan to give this technique a try yourself, remember to take care to keep your stitches tidy on both the front AND back of your piece: tulle doesn't hide a messy back side.

      A whale of a time

      Photo by @o_sneden
      Just because your background is subtle and delicate, doesn't mean your stitches have to be. Case in point: this majestic sea mammal. Thick strands of embroidery floss and the long-and-short fill stitch give this imposing whale the heft he deserves.

      Make it modern

      Photo by @thebloomnook
      The sheer background on these understated rainbows really lets the neutral color palette shine. Notice how the stripes of the rainbow don't quite touch, leaving a bit of sheer between each stripe: don't be afraid to play with sections of dense texture and negative space.

      Berry good

      Photo by @krista_decor
      There are so many good things happening here, it's hard to know where to start. We've got three-dimensional strawberries stitched in raffia thread instead of traditional embroidery floss, and it's all floating on a sheer background. Pure proof you can never have too much of a good thing.

      Off the hoop

      Photo by @elliemac.embroidery
      There's no rule that says you need to keep your embroidery in the hoop. These sliced papayas on peach silk are totally tactile, and would make a lovely addition to your tablescape. Hand-stitch it in a hoop, the cut away the extra fabric with sharp scissors just outside the border. Voila!

      Use your tulles

      Photo by @victoriasembroidery

      Yes, there's tons of intricate stitching here to create this gorgeous flowering tree, but there's also a shortcut: the tulle came pre-embellished. Buy tulle with sequins and sparkle already in the fabric if you want to make your projects extra without tons of extra work. Aren't you sneaky!

      Move over, floss

      Photo by @linenandfred_embroidery
      Even tight-knit tulle fabric can take on thicker threads. Ditch your standard embroidery floss in favor of yarn and even ribbon for designs that pop off the hoop without even trying.

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