Embroidery is everywhere, and its latest cool twist is breaking free of the hoop! We’re in love with 3-D stitchery that extends beyond the traditional flat circle with flowing threads or bumpy flourishes. Here are five 3-D trends to try.
Long, luxurious locks are a signature technique in 3D work, and we especially love this sweetly plaited interpretation that takes us straight back to our besties in grade school. Extra gorgeous points for replicating "knit" sweaters.
Below the hoop
You can create the feathery stems and leaves seen inside these hoops using simple, high-contrast green backstitch. And while this artist actually crafted the lifelike roots from thread, you can always opt to make a simpler version using felt.
Make it multimedia
We love this cool, watery palette, and the incredibly precise satin stitching which makes the piece extra polished and modern. But the real magic is in the tiny polymer sculptures that are hand-shaped and threaded in.
What looks like a 3-D thread treatment here is actually twisted and knotted crepe paper. Plus if you look closely you'll see how the satin stitch on the leaves is intentionally layered for an irregular, organic effect. And don’t get us started on the gorgeous tweed background!
Why should thread have all the fun? A sweep of tulle turns this sweet scene into a true fairy tale. (And there’s that gorgeous loose hair technique again.) Our favorite just-right detail: the perfect French knots that look like roses in her 'do.