Embroidery just keeps getting cooler and cooler. First there was 3D embroidery serving up major Insta-envy, and now we're heart eyes for the latest trend: sheer embroidery. Not familiar? Let us show you all the ways you can use see-through fabrics — think tulle, organza and silk — to create stunning designs that look like they're floating on glass.
Make a Wish
Airy, delicate dandelions lend themselves perfectly to the sheer treatment. If you plan to give this technique a try, remember to keep your stitches tidy on both the front and back — there's no hiding a messy back with this material.
Have a Whale of a Time
Just because your background is subtle 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.
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 — a solid example of playing with dense texture and negative space.
Be Berry Good
Why stick to one hot embroidery trend when you can use two? We love that this design combines the sheer concept with 3D techniques, which make those strawberries look extra luscious. Pro tip: Stitch the fruit in raffia thread instead of traditional embroidery floss for an extra pop of texture and dimension.
Think Outside of the Hoop
There's no rule that says you need to stick to the confines of your hoop. These sliced papayas on peach silk are totally tactile, and would make a fresh addition to your tablescape. Hand-stitch it in a hoop, then cut away the extra fabric with sharp scissors just outside the border. Voila!
Use Your Tulles
Yes, there's a ton of intricate stitching used to create this gorgeous flowering tree, but there's also a secret shortcut: pre-embellished tulle. Buy sheer fabric with sequins and sparkle already built in and you'll make your project extra without a bunch of work. Sneaky!
Move Floss Over
Even tight-knit tulle fabric can take on thicker threads, so ditch your standard embroidery floss in favor of yarn and ribbon. You'll end up with a design that pops off the hoop without even trying.