Embroidery Sampler: Guest Artist

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Embroidery on wool by Paula

During my Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool class students seem to focus on different goals. In class they make simple sketches, transfer the sketch to a swatch of wool, and embellish it with embroidery. Some focus on the sketch or design creating something personal to them. Others find thread color choices and placement important. There are also students who want to learn how to make certain stitches.

And then there are those like Paula (above) who make a sampler type of embroidery. It’s a way to explore different stitch combinations and make a beautiful piece of art work at the same time. Thank you, Paula, for sharing your sweet wool embroidery with us. Love the bee!

Wool Stitch Along: Completed!

stitchalong31Thank you so much for joining me in the Wool Stitch Along! I hope you will send me photos of your finished project so I can see your beautiful work. Send them to laura at artfabrik.com

And now that you’ve made this beautiful piece of stitchery, it is time to share your artwork with others. To prepare the embroidery for display, follow these steps:

  • Trim the wool to remove any frayed edges.
  • Place it onto a piece of felt. (Commercial felt from your local fabric shop is fine.)
  • Stitch it to the felt around the edges with the Blanket Stitch.

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  • Add another frame around the piece with another piece of felt in a color that enhances the design. Cut this felt larger than the first piece of felt. (The size depends on if you have a mat or frame size in mind.)
  • Stitch the artwork onto the larger piece of felt at each corner concealing the stitches.

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  • Cut a piece of mat board the size of the felt or the size of your frame if you are displaying it in a frame. (A shadow box frame is recommended.)
  • Use double stick tape and tape the piece into place on the mat board. Or stitch it to the mat.
  • Display it proudly in your home!

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. 

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Wool Stitch Along: Scattered Seed Stitch

stitchalong30It’s so wonderful to hear from those of you who are working on the leaf in the Wool Stitch Along. And I’m glad you’re enjoying it. But it’s not done yet! There is ample room around the leaf to add even more texture and color. An easy stitch to fill in that space is the Scattered Seed Stitch.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch at random with the Scattered Seed Stitch to fill in the fabric around the leaf.

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Wool Stitch Along: Needle Weaving

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The last section of our leaf for the Wool Stitch Along is a small space with lots of potential. We’re going to pack it full of color and texture with Needle Weaving.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch parallel Straight Stitches (the warp) for the first part of the Needle Weaving inside the next compartment.
  • Space these warp stitches about 1/16” apart across the space.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Weave the thread across the warp stitches using the directions for Needle Weaving.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

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Wool Stitch Along: French Knot

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If you need a concentrated hit of color for your embroidery, consider the French Knot. It is like a little bead or ball lifting off the fabric and leaping into your eyeball. (So be careful!) Filling in the next section of the leaf with French Knots will go fast and using a variegated color thread, makes for exciting color hits.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch rows of French Knots inside the next compartment.
  • Leave space between rows for the next set of French Knots to be stitched in another thread colorway.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add more French Knots between the previous stitches.
  • Remove your protective eye wear.

Wool Stitch Along: Cross Stitch

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Stitch the Cross Stitch in rows across the next compartment.

Hand embroidery is a real “hands-on” art form. Each stitch on fabric is unique to the maker (that’s you and your hands). Some people make small precise stitches, others make large bold stitches elevating off the fabric surface. A good example of a stitch you can personalize to your own hands is the next embroidery stitch used in the Wool Stitch Along, the Cross Stitch. Change the size, change the angle, line stitches up, or spread them out. It is up to you.

Here are the next steps:

  • Use the same color of size 8 thread used in the outline and a size 3 – 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch parallel rows of the Cross Stitch inside the next compartment.
  • Leave space between rows for the next set of Cross Stitches to be stitched in another thread colorway.

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  • Use your second color of size 8 pearl cotton thread.
  • Add more rows of the Cross Stitches between the previous stitches.
  • Kiss your little hands and tell them they are your best friends.

 Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

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