Friday, July 19, 2013

Embroidery tutorial and ideas...


Today I did a guest post for Clover in Violet series, A Season by Hand. Welcome to Clover and Violet readers, we hope you like what you see.

 I decided to share an embroidery project that is twist on the norm. 


I embroidered right on top of a fabric I already loved. This is Sarah Jane's Out to Sea fabric line, and this mermaid is darling!

To start, cut the fabric piece about an inch and a half larger than the hoop you are using. 

Another tip is to add a circle of fusible white fleece to the back, this helps your stitches not show through to the front of your project. 



I started with a simple filler stitch for the mermaid tail...



I added some stem stitching to her hair, just pieces of her hair, not all. Then I did a handful of frenchknots to the starfish. The texture really stands out. You could be done here if you liked it. 



I decided to go on and "freestyle" the fishes. The same style of fish were in a different area of the print, so I basically just copied that idea and added the fish next to her. I really like them. 



When you are finished, pull tight, and use a glue gun and glue the fabric edges to the back of the hoop.


You are finished! A sweet, semi-custom, darling embroidery hoop art.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and if you are new from Clover and Violet, we hope you come back more!

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9 comments:

M. Pereira said...

Nice

JLVerde said...

Great idea for preserving a bit of a print you just love.

Peggy Aront said...

VERY cute! I never thought to do that

Peggy in NJ

Estela said...

I was just online looking at Sarah Jane's Fabric and got this image. Very cute! I love it!

Anjeanette said...

So adorable!! Such a great idea too.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

This is adorable and those fish really add to the overall design...great job!!

Stephanie said...

Hi Megan! It was great to meet you today at tHe DCMQG meeting! Thanks for getting me on Instagram (aka thanks for yet another diversion). :). You have such a fun blog!

Rachel said...

Super cute!

RobotMomSews said...

That is ADORABLE!!!!! I love it! I suck at embroidery, but I may have to give this a try. :) Thanks for the tutorial!