Beginner Watercolor Embroidery | Amanda Neely | Skillshare
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7 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials Needed

    • 3. Painting with Watercolor

    • 4. Drawing Your Design

    • 5. Transferring Your Design

    • 6. Stitching Your Project

    • 7. Finishing Your Embroidery Hoop

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About This Class

Learn how to make a simple embroidery with a watercolor background. This class is for anyone interested in making a quick beginner friendly embroidery project. 

What you'll need for this class:

Watercolor paint

Paint Brush

Embroidery Hoop

Cotton Canvas Fabric

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery Needle

A piece of paper

Pencil and a marker


Piece of Fabric to cover the back

Hot Glue Gun



1. Introduction: I'm back with another skill share class that features this project with watercolor and embroidery. Welcome. 2. Materials Needed: hello and welcome to this class. So all the materials you'll need I'm gonna go over in this video, you're going to need a embroidery hoop, and I would suggest a canvas material. For this project, you're gonna need some scissors of some water color and a paintbrush. You'll need some embroidery thread of choice. I'm just gonna use one color, which is black. You're going to need a cup of water for your water color, and you'll need a pencil to transfer design over and a marker and a piece of paper. Teoh, draw on your design onto the piece of paper and then transfer it over to your fabric. I also wanted to mention to finish your burger hoop. You don't have to have these things, but I think it really puts the finishing touches on your burger hoob. If you have an extra piece of like cute fabrics, put on the back, and if you have a hot glue gun, it's a lot easier to just glue the fabric onto the back 3. Painting with Watercolor: All right. So the first thing that we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and do the watercolor onto the fabric. I think it'll be best to do it this way. So then you have enough time for it to dry before you put the embroidery pattern on. So what we're gonna do is you're going to dip your brush and some water and you're just going to start wedding your fabric. And I would not be stingy with this because fabric definitely absorbs most of the water. And you want your paint to be toe look like water color, not toe Look super harsh. So I've got a good chunk done on this side and you're going, Teoh What? Your paints and do whatever color you'd like. I'm going to make some green. I think with a little bit of purple, drop my paintbrush. I want to be kind of like a bluish green. That's really pretty. So you're just gonna start laying down some paint on top of where you put your paint for your water? And if you make a mistake or you feel like it's too harsh, you can add water on top of it. and it will spread it. See how that lightens it up. So now I'm gonna go over the next section. I like the way that's looking. I like that. It's kind of bleeding on the edges. That's what Making sure you have enough water will dio for your for your, um, paint if you want. You can also do you like half and half color if you want or do like a rainbow effect even kind of like the colors bleed into one another So I might dio think I'm gonna have the purple kind of bleed in Teoh the blue that I am just created I'm just gonna use straight purple for this It's got a little bit of pulling it You know what? Now that I'm realizing And I think it's more even like a indigo Yeah, when it was dry looked purple Someone try this purple Yeah, and I am not like a watercolor artist. As you can see, I'm just kind of laying down colors. I wanted to look super, just watery and colorful, and you can fill in whatever area you want. If you only want the water hold again. Part of the campus that's find two. I'm just doing, like, a little circle inside the hoop here. I'm just gonna put a little bit of water on the edge here to kind of bleed it out. I think I like that. All right, So you're gonna have that just air dry for a while, and we'll go over how to design your pattern and transfer it onto the fabric in the next video. 4. Drawing Your Design: All right, So to design your burger, you're going Teoh. Place your hoop on top of your piece of paper, and you're just going to trace the inside of the hoops. You know what area you have to work with and you consent? That who Back the side. So I think it's gonna look really cool if I just do, like, a little quote and cursive on top of the water color. So I think I'm just gonna do, like, hello, beautiful or something. So I'm just going to kind of start doodling. Um, some letters. I wanted to be like curses for the hello. And then I think beautiful dio in all caps. I'm a little off center, but if you are, you can always just re center the the actual design in the embroidery Hoop. - Retrace that to see where we're out here. I think that would look cute. Right. So once you have your design, you can go over it with marker, some kind of black marker to make it easier for you to see the pattern and transferred over . - All right, 5. Transferring Your Design: so my water cooler has dried now. And as you can see, it's lighten up a little bit, and I like the way the edges look around it. So what you're going to do is you're going to place your fabric back in the who, but you're gonna put it upside down so that your water colors on the back, and then we're gonna go over to the window and put our pattern in our embroidery hoop up against the window with this side towards the window, and we're gonna trace the pattern onto the fabric. So, as you can see, um, I have the pattern against the window and then the embroidery hoop upside down against the window. And we're just gonna trace with a pencil that design onto the fabric. And you don't want to do it super dark because you're not going to be erasing these lines since you can't really erase them very well. Little smear. You can't really use a water soluble marker either, because obviously you would mess up the water color. So we're just gonna trace this design 6. Stitching Your Project: So here is the final transfer of your design. As you can see, it's pretty faint, but it's enough to where you can work those stitches on the pattern. So I'm just gonna go ahead and flip the WHO back around. You don't have to. You can you can work with it backwards. But I think it feels a little bit more natural to do it this way for me. So I'm going to flip this back around, make sure fabric is nice and tight. I'm gonna screw this a little bit tighter here. And then I'm going to take my brewery. Thread and scissors and a needle get started. So I am going. Teoh, cut the strand of embroidery thread and all you have to do is thread your needle. You can put it in your mouth. And what it if you need torus some water and what it to thread it and then ty and not at the very end of your strain of thread. And for this piece, I'm just gonna be working with one stitch, which is the back stitch. You can do whatever such as you like, but I think it looks really pretty to just have a simple, like, minimalistic stitch for text. So you're gonna come up to your fabric and pull till you hit the not and you're going to go back down into the fabric, make your first ditch, you're gonna come up a little bit beside that last ditch, and then you're gonna go back down where that last stitch ended right here. And you're just gonna continue doing that until you've reached the end. So I do have a couple of tips for the stitch around curves like tight curves like this H. So, in order to make your curves look nice and smooth and not jagged, I would make sure that your stitches are nice and small. So really, pay attention to your stitch size because the smaller it is, the more tightly your curve will look. And I won't look as like exact an actual stitch. It'll look more like a solid line. As you can see, my stitches were getting a little bit smaller there, and now I'm gonna show you two ways that you can endure stitches in the back of your hoop. So take my needle off here. If you run out of bread in the middle of you're, um, line of text. You can always just start another thread and then end up just tying these two tails together like so that's the easiest way to end and then snapped this off the other way. If you just have one tail and it's you want to keep it relatively long, so you can, um, this with these I thread my needle back up and you're basically just going to take your needle and go underneath some of the previous stitches. You're going to take your needle in your other hand and grab a hold of the loop that it's making. Don't let it go through all the way. Pull the tail through, at least. So in this loop you're gonna take it, and you're going to feed the tail through the loop again and pull it so that there's another loop. And then I like to do a warmer time and then pull all the way through, and then you have a little not that's formed, and that's the other way that I like to secure mine thread on the back of the hoop. So I am going. Teoh, finish up The last word. And then I will go over how you can secure your fabric on the doctor, the hoop, and finish everything up. 7. Finishing Your Embroidery Hoop: I hope is all done. And I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here is a close up shot of it. So if you have that extra fabric that you wanted to put on the back, now is the time to grab that. So what we're going to do is take your brewery out of the hoop and you're going to sandwich these two fabrics togethers. You're going to put your design face down, and then you're going to put your cute fabric on the backside of it face up, and then you're going to flip it over, and your is going to put it back in the hoop with those two fabric sandwich together. And now is the time to make sure that you center the design and have it where you want it, because in a moment we're going to trim the fabric and then glue it down. I think that looks pretty good. Tighten that screw back up, and if you need to just kind of pull your fabric smooth here and now, I'm just going to trim around, leaving a little bit of excess, but not too much. So now I'm just gonna take my hot glue gun. And I'm gonna put some glue on the inside of the room of this hoop, and I'm just going to press down the first layer of fabric and you're just gonna work yourself all the way around here. Be careful not to burn yourself, burn myself a little on this, and then you're just gonna do the same thing with the last layer here and just glue on top of that fabric that you already laid down. And don't worry. If you're getting, like, glue strings everywhere, you can pull those off at the end. Great. Just take a look and see if there's anywhere else. You need to put a little extra glue, and that's it. I hope you guys enjoyed this class. And I would love to see the designs you end up creating. Please post them in the discussion area and yeah, I hope you enjoy. Thanks.