Wanna peek over my shoulder and get to know how my workspace looks like? Let's talk about embroidery tools! In embroidery itself, there is not much you actually need to stitch. A needle, thread and something to stitch on. Yet something so simple as that can lead to the possession of many many notions and tools. When you are operating a business around that it's even more that you need to use on a daily basis.
Let's have a look:
Embroidery toolsI love to use these two vintage hoops I found at goodwill. It's a 21cm/10inch and a 15cm/6inch wooden hoop. They are very sturdy, have a thick edge and a strong grip for getting the tension right. I love how they feel and look - it's a pleasure to use them. I use other hoops as well, mainly the wooden......
Last but not least, here comes Mrs. Does-it-all *drumroll*: the satin stitch flower. I have referred to the satin stitch as satan stitch before because it does take some practice to get it perfect and sometimes it's just annoyingly not doing what it should.
Nevertheless, the satin stitch technically is one of the easiest stitches! You can use it to cover tiny, small and medium areas and make all kinds of shapes. Satin stitch makes a very smooth and polished looking surface which sets it apart from all the stitches we used in the other parts of the series which have distinct lines to show.
To give your flowers more dimension you can blend in a......
Blanket stitch is a wonderful stitch for open and large motifs. You can use the blanket stitch to fill areas completely or partially. The smaller the space between stitches, the more of the underground fabric you will cover. Blanket stitch is a very economic stitch, leaving not much thread in the back, but a lot on the front. It works best with rounded shapes, like ovals or circles, but also scalloped edges. Here are two flower tutorials for you to try out:
Blanket stitch for other shapesYou can use the blanket stitch for other shapes, too. Here is a version to create leaves. Blanket stitch works great for bigger shapes. Teeny tiny things are not it's strong suit, so go bigger with them! Continue Reading
Let's talk about the most fun part of embroidery: Going 3D! Embroidery in itself is much more plastic than pure drawing or painting, but there are stitches and methods to raise this medium to another level.
Woven picot petalsThe woven picot petal creates a triangle, that is attached on the long end and the tip is completely disconnected from the fabric. Arrange it in a circle to make beautiful blossoms or side by side for tulips, artichokes, lotus or other flowers with pointy petals. If you want to overlap the petals, make sure to embroider the ones in the back first and then add the layers above.
The tassel flowerThere are plenty of flowers in nature which are soft and fuzzy. The tassel flower gives you the means to portrait them properly.......
The name lazy daisy already reveals which flower it wants to mimic: the daisy. By altering the stitch length and amount you can create all kinds of long petal flowers! Here are some examples:
These kinds of flowers are so fast to whip up - give them a try! You can make really small or large ones, many petals or just three. Leave a gap in the middle (like in the first tutorial) and fill it up with straight stitches or french knots. Mix up long and short stitches or use different colors - this flower makes it so easy to go crazy and try new things out. If you came up with a creative way of making......
Let's look at the new stitches in the lexicon! We are now in round 19 - making it 173 stitch tutorials in the lexicon. All 5 are quite uncommon, so get your fabric out and give them a try :) I have written about Otomi before. It is basically a herringbone stitch worked very closely to cover all of the underlying fabric. Otomi is a very thread-saving stitch! Most of the thread is used in the front while in the back you will only see lines of tiny tiny dots. It takes a bit of practice to get used to this stitch, but when you get in full swing it's so fast!
These stitches made it into this round(click on the names to go directly to the matching tutorial)
Let's start with the first part of this series: the round flower. What is the round flower? It's created by spiraling the thread around a center point. There are several ways to do so, but all have in common, that they become either perfectly round or oval.
The woven/whipped spider wheelThis method works great with large and smaller circles. Really tiny ones are not possible with this stitch. First, you determine the size of the flower you want to make because this stitch can't become any bigger than that. The foundation stitches will define how huge this flower will become. The whipped spider wheel creates a very even looking flower. The foundation stitches create a segmented look without an actual line dividing the texture. When you spiral around towards the end, you will notice the previous stitches begin to cuddle and bulk together the more you add on the outside. If you......
Flowers, oh flowers. I have long avoided embroidering you, but in the end, you've got me still. I'm kind of in a love-hate relationship with flowers in embroidery. It's by far the most stitched motif - and it's by far the most stitched motif. Wait, what? Flower embroidery is lovely and very simple to stitch. They look great with everything. BUT they also have the reputation of being too old-fashioned (especially in embroidery!) and antiquated or even worse are a symbol of the "oppressed housewife".
Luckily flowers are receiving attention by many modern embroiderers who are showing new twists on this evergreen motif. By now it's almost impossible to NOT see something with flowers on it and finally, finally, flowers got me, too.
When I was a kid I spent hours in my grandma's garden picking flowers. She lives in the mountains......
Love love love - or Love³. May I present you the first embroidery pattern set of this year! You might have guessed it, it's all about love. Let's take a look: Hint: Tomorrow starts a new series of tutorials to celebrate the Love³ embroidery collection, so stay tuned! It's all about flowers and greenery this time and if you scroll down to the pattern page display you can see a little sneak peek of how they look like ;)
All you need is love - and coffeeThis pattern is for the coffee lover! I hung this piece directly at my desk to remind me, that my morning coffee is not just a commodity to keep me awake. It is way more than that! The first cup of freshly brewed coffee (my hubby makes the most delicious one for me every day) is a connecting between the both of us. He has to......
We have a WINNER!Today ends the huge embroidery hoop giveaway and the #embhooptalk Thank you all for participating and involving so much this week. It's amazing how much you support each other in the comments! You are the reason I'm doing all of my tutorials articles. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So I know you want to know what I know and thus I will not longer torture you. The Winner Thank you all for participating and involving so much this week. It's amazing how much you support each other in the comments! You are the reason I'm doing all of my tutorials articles. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So I know you want to know what I know and thus I will not longer torture you. The Winner So I know you want to know what I know and thus I will not longer torture you. The Winner The Winner......