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Flower Embroidery Days: going 3D

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 petals

The 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.

picot flower tutorial

picot flower tutorial

The tassel flower

There are plenty of flowers in nature which are soft and fuzzy. The tassel flower gives you the means to portrait them properly.......

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Flower Embroidery Days: daisies

Welcome to day 2 of the flower embroidery days! 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: lazy daisy flower tutorial lazy daisy flower tutoriallazy daisy flower tutorial 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......

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lexicon of embroidery stitches - round 19

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

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Flower Embroidery Days: round flowers

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 wheel

This 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......

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The flower embroidery days: preparations

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".

Flower embroidery in modern times

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. flower embroidery introduction When I was a kid I spent hours in my grandma's garden picking flowers. She......

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How to finish embroidery in a hoop

So you have spent hours and hours on your precious embroidery piece. You have seen hundreds of pictures on Instagram or Pinterest of pretty hoop wall art. Now you want to hang your embroidery on the wall and - wait a minute!

How am I supposed to tack the fabric in the back so nothing peeks out behind the hoop????! No matter how often I try to tuck it in, at some point it plopps out!!!
Slow down and breathe. I have got you covered. There are a couple of different techniques out there and things are different for different hoops, too. Here are two methods for round or oval hoops I have used before which are simple to do.To be honest, I just made up that name. If you know the real name of this method, please tell :D This method works great if you don't want to do......

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embroidery stitch lexicon round 17

Let's welcome a new set of stitches into the stitch lexicon! But first, I want to thank you again for your great participation on the embroidery survey! Your feedback and insights are a huge help to make the right kind of tutorials to help you with your struggles in embroidery. If you have not participated, it is still up! It's 7 multiple choice questions short and done quickly. I would appreciate it very much :) So on to the stitches, shall we?

These stitches made it into this round:

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stitch lexicon round 16

Spring Stitches

Is it Saturday already? Time passed by so fast during the last 2 weeks! There is so much happening around here and spring makes the trees slowly greenish again. The other day my son and I drove through our lane and I said to him I could even imagine how the trees were looking like in summer. We are so used to the barren silhouettes! A couple of days later there are leaves and plum blossoms everywhere and my garden shoots up the first spring onions as a messenger for the wonderful things to come.

This week on Instagram I talked about embroidery hoops and what different kinds there are - metal, wood, plastic, square, oval, round - you name it! There are some good tipps in the comments, so make sure to read them (and comment!), too. I also talked about bad......

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lexicon of embroidery stitches

This weekend, the lexicon comes even closer to 150 stitch tutorials. What a number! Around this time last year the idea formed to document all embroidery stitches.

How it all began

When I look back, I wonder how I could even think of this crazy idea to document all embroidery stitches. But to be honest with you, I didn't think that much about it then. There was this desire to absorb new stuff like a sponge and dive deep into something. Back then I made a list to get an overview of all embroidery stitches I could find - and found out quickly that this would be interesting.

The following conversation with my partner during the list making process says it all:

"Darling, I think this project I'm planning is going to take a while." "What, why?" " Well, I have already found over 100 stitches." "Oh, ok, then you have something to do, right?" A......

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