Hand Embroidery
In our color-saturated world, there's something so pristine and timeless about white-on-white. Which is exactly why whitework embroidery is having a moment. If you want to tackle this elegant style of embroidery, here are the basics you need to know.
Mary Corbet
It's time to take your embroidery to a whole new dimension — literally. Stumpwork embroidery (also called raised embroidery) is any dimensional embroidery piece. It originated in mid-1600s England, and is most commonly used in nature scenes — for example, the leaves and petals on a flower, or the wings of pretty dragonflies.
Vanessa shows you how to prepare your fabric and crisply transfer the embroidery design. Plus get tips for how to hoop the fabric before you start stitching.
Add a finishing touch to your embroidery by gathering the fabric around the back of the hoop. Vanessa shows you how.
Learn how to make smooth satin stitches with a backstitch foundation. You'll work all the elements of your hoop with a variety of stitches including the fly stitch, split stitch, lazy daisies and French knots. And, get tips for creating dimensional woven wheel roses; it's easier than you might think!
Stitch up a beautiful embroidery hoop, designed by Jessica Long, that you can sew on the go! Brush up on the basics as Vanessa shares tips for making smooth satin stitches. Then tackle woven wheels, fly stitches, French knots and more.
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
Grouping of framed embroideries in their hoops hanging on a white wall
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So you've decided to frame your finished embroidery in a hoop — good choice! Your artwork will be easy to hang, and easy to frame. Inexpensive bamboo hoops work great for framing, but you can use any hoop you like.
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You'll use an embroidery hoop for almost every hand embroidery project you make. Getting your tension just right and your design centered in the hoop will set you up for stitching success.
If you're looking for an embroidery project that brings the wow-factor, look no further. From lush florals bursting with 3D texture, to a barely-there background‚ this stunning hoop has everything we love about hand embroidery. With just a few basic stitches and little bit of know-how, you can stitch up this beauty for yourself.
Create a stunning 3D botanical embroidery on sheer fabric! In this short project tutorial, fiber artist Sarah Godfrey shares tips and techniques for stitching on organza with simple beginner stitches. Get the pattern and detailed instructions in your class materials.
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