Creative Hand Embroidery- Learn How to Embroider Flowers | Amanda Neely | Skillshare

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Creative Hand Embroidery- Learn How to Embroider Flowers

teacher avatar Amanda Neely, Hand Embroidery Artist and Maker

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8 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials Needed

    • 3. Creating and Transferring Your Pattern

    • 4. Basic Outline Stitches

    • 5. Basic Filler Stitches

    • 6. Project

    • 7. Finishing Your Hoop

    • 8. Closing Remarks

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Get ready to get creative and learn the foundations of hand embroidery work so you can put them to use and create a beautiful piece of art! In this class I will be teaching you some basic hand embroidery stitches and walking you through how to apply them to make a floral hand embroidery hoop! This class is great for beginner hand embroiderers, but all levels are welcome! The class will begin with the basic supplies needed for embroidery. We will then dive into methods of creating a design and transferring it onto the fabric. I will then demonstrate a variety of hand embroidery stitches and how they can be used in your class project. Then I'll walk you step by step through my own design and the stitches I incorporate into my hand embroidery piece.

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Amanda Neely

Hand Embroidery Artist and Maker


Amanda is a self-taught hand and chain stitch embroidery artist. She started embroidering in nursing school as a creative outlet and since then has a shop where she sells embroidery patterns, custom pet portraits, and chain stitch embroidery. You can follow her on her Instagram and her embroidery blog.

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1. Introduction: My name's Amanda, and I'm Hannah Birdie artist living in coastal North Carolina, and this is my skill shirt class, all about beginner handed brewery. In this class, I'll be going over some basic tips, tricks, embroider stitches and techniques you can use to create a beautiful floral hand embroidery piece. First, we'll start with designing our embroidery. Then we'll be transferring it to our fabric and they'll be going over some basic hambro Torri stitches that you can use to make an impressive piece. I hope you follow along. Thanks so much for watching. 2. Materials Needed: hi, everybody, and thank you for joining this class. I just wanted to go over some basic supplies that you'll need to start with this class. The first thing I wanted to go over was what fabrics are good to hand embroider on. My three top choices are, um, Muslim linen or linen blends and cotton canvas. I think there's some pros toe each one of these, um, cotton canvas is really good. It's a heavier weight fabric, but it's easy to stitch through, so it's not gonna hurt your fingers when you stitch through it. Linen is really good. It's like a medium weight fabric. You want to make sure if you do get a blend, which this is a blend, that it's not gonna be super stretchy because your stitches will give and it will look really irregular and mess up your embroidery. And then Moose Lin is great. It's also kind of a medium weight fabric. This doesn't have any stretch at all to it, and I like the way this looks because it's got all the natural fibers in it. The next thing you'll need is a wooden or bamboo embroidery hoop. You can also get the plastic hoops, but I find most success in the wood ones. I think they grip the fabric the best for the needles that you'll be using. Um, I like to use DMC embroidery needles. These air size five. You want something that has appointed Tip and you want something with an eye that's big enough to put the threat through. And for thread, I'll be using the Six Strand Cotton DMC threat. This has six strands to it that you can separate apart. I'm gonna be using all six today. Together, you'll need a good pair of scissors. Are you like to use some that have kind of pointy end? So if you need to take stitches out, you can. If you have a seam ripper, that's even better. Ah, that makes it a lot easier to transfer your pattern. I recommend using a water soluble marker. I think it's nice because if you mess up the pattern, you could just dab it with some water and the pattern comes right off. And you can also do that when you're done with the embroidery, so that there are no pattern lines that possibly show through these air. To that you can pick up at your local crafts or pretty much anywhere. I know you can get them at Joan's and at Michael's. The very last thing that I would get is some plain printer paper, any kind of paper that you can drawn to design your embroidery. And then I like to use a Sharpie to make sure that the outline is bold enough to where you can trace your design onto your fabric. 3. Creating and Transferring Your Pattern: So once you guys have gathered all the materials you need for the project, I'm going to go over. How you convey is ein your embroidery now? So I love to take pictures of flowers and nature as a reference when I'm going on walks and runs around my neighborhood. So these photos you see, I printed out from my my phone, and I'm going to be incorporating these flower designs in the pattern today. So with this reference, I'm going to take my sheet of paper and I'm gonna take my embroidery hoop the size of choice. I would recommend starting out with maybe a five or a six inch hoop, and I'm going to trace a circle around so I can tell where the area I'm going to be working in us. So the biggest thing with making this pattern is that you don't have to be like a stellar drawer. Teoh get a good pattern. It's more about getting the proportions rate and getting a good outline so you don't have to put a bunch of detail in the drawing. It's more about just getting the shapes of the flowers that where you have some kind of designed to go off of that. In that way, you can fill them in with all the stitches. So I'm going to start. I think I'm gonna dio this, um, orange one right in the middle. So this is my completed pattern. Like I said, you don't have to be super detailed. This is even just kind of reminding me what kind of stitches I'm going to use. So I'm not gonna be doing an exact stitch of these flowers, But this is just kind of the importance of where you're going to be using colors where the outlines going to end, that kind of thing. So now I'm just going Teoh, go over it and sharpie That way, when you go to trace your pattern to your fabric, it's easier to see. So now I've got my pattern all traced over with some Sharpie, and now you're just going to go ahead and place your fabric into your hoop. So it's pretty simple. I just unscrew the screw so it's loose. Gonna put the back circle without the clasp underneath the fabric and then secure this on and you're gonna screw this screw tight and then I like to just kind of pull the fabric taught. If you've got fabric that you can see the grain pretty visibly. It's good practice just to make sure that the grain is going, um, straight up and down and straight across. So the easiest way to transfer a pattern is with a light box or against a window. So it is not super sunny in my window. So I'm going Teoh, go behind the scenes and trace with a light box. But I just wanted to show you guys what I meant. Um, so I taped it to the window. But I'm gonna take the back side of my embroidery hoop and I'm gonna put the front side against the window and you can kind of see in this video you can see through the pattern through to the pattern, and then you'll trace from there. So here is my finish pattern on my embroidery fabric. You can see it's pretty light, but it's enough to where I can use it as a guide 4. Basic Outline Stitches: So this very first video of embroidery stitches is going to be focused on outlines ditches . So I'm just gonna be going over some frequently. Use stitches, um, and showing you how to prepare your thread to get started. So the first thing you're gonna want to dio obviously is thread your needle and I'm using all six strands of embroidery thread for these stitches. The other thing you're gonna want to do is make it not at the end of your thread. That way, when you start, you can you don't have to pull the whole thing through and then have to start over again. So this very first stitch that I'm going to go over is a running stitch. This is a very basic stitch that is used in pretty much any kind of sewing clothes. Just basic sewing. 101 So you're going to start from the back of your fabric, you're gonna pull your needle through, and then you're gonna go down probably about a centimeter or so, and then go back down your fabric and you're just gonna keep repeating mess. You're gonna leave a little space, and then you're gonna make another stitch So the next stitches called a back stitch. This is just how you form a solid outline for an embroidery piece. So you're going to start out with a normal stitch the same length that you did the running stitch and you're gonna skip a little bit and almost act like you're going to dio just a regular running sitch. But instead of going forward, you're gonna go back touching the last stitch, and then you're gonna skip a little bit, come up through the fabric, and then you're gonna work backwards. So you're essentially forming a line going backwards, and this will form your backs it. So this next stitch is called a stem stitch. So you're gonna come up through the fabric. I've already came up through the back of the fabric and you're gonna take your needle, make a stitch, and you're going to come up right above that initial stitch with your needle and you're gonna pull it through, and then you're gonna take another state. You're going to keep your thread below your stitches here, toe one side, and you're gonna come up again right above the last that you made. And this is going to kind of make a twisty, like, chain looking stitch and these air great for, like, stems and outlines borders. This makes like a really cool looking stitch to finish. You can just go right down for your last stitch. Lis, I'm not your stumps itch. So this next ditches called a chain stitch. I really like this stitch because you can use it as a thick line for an outline, but you can also use it as a filler stitch to fill in like a large area, and it creates a really pretty texture. So I'm gonna be working this vertically. I just find it easier to work it this way. You're gonna come up through the back of the fabric and you're going toe hold the thread in your left hand or whichever hand you're not using the needle in and you're gonna go down through the same hole that you came up through with your needle and they're going to go back up through. You're gonna wrap the thread behind your needle, and you're gonna pull through. And this is going to catch that loop and you're gonna continues. You'll go down through that same hole, Skip a little bit. Come up with your needle, wrapped the thread behind your needle and pull through. And that is how your chain stitches formed. So a variation off of a chain stitch is a detached chain stitch or a lazy daisy. Those were two terms that people use for the stitch. So it's the same stitch. You're just gonna be doing it as a singular stitch. So you'll start out like you're gonna do a chain stitch going through that same hole, come up through the fabric and you're gonna pull through, and instead of continuing on, you're just gonna end it. You're gonna go right outside that loop down through the fabric to secure it, and that is one detached chain stitch, and you can continue on making a little flower some flower petals like this. There's kind of working from the center here, So that is your detached chain stitch or lazy Daisy Stitch. 5. Basic Filler Stitches: So this first pillar, sigil Luna teach you is just a basic padded satin stitch. So we're gonna work on the square here. I'm going to be doing something called a split stitch all the way around, and I will show you. So we're gonna come up through the fabric and you're gonna make a regular stitch. Now, instead of just coming up like we were going to run a backseat, you're gonna actually go up through the middle of that for stitch and you're just splitting the stitch, and then you're gonna take a regular stitch, and you're gonna go up through that middle of that stitch and make us ditch, And now we're gonna take a turn. So we're gonna take a stitch on the side of this box here, make a regular stitch. You're gonna come up through the middle of that stitch and make a stitch. So now, once you have your split stitch outline, we're gonna be doing the actual satin stitch now. So you're basically just laying a bunch of straight stitches down across all of the stitches you've made, and that's just kind of gives it a more three dimensional fuel. You're gonna fill in this whole square. You're just making stitches side by side. You can pick which direction you want to run it. Depending on, um, what direction You want the stitches to go in. But I'm just gonna do up and down for this one. I like doing the stitch for, like, the center of flowers, because I think it looks really nice and it gives it that little extra pop of dimension. You can also do this stitch without the split stitch underneath. Like I said, the splits. It is just a way Teoh add some dimension to it. And personally, I think it's a little bit easier to follow. Um, the outline. I think it does make it a little bit of a cleaner outline for the edges, but I do both, sometimes all just you, the straight stitches across and not fill it in with the splits. Its before I do it. So that's your padded satin stitch. So this next part is just kind of taking it a step further. We're going to use the satin stitch for a satin leaf stitch, so I've drawn a line in the middle of this leaf just as kind of a direction to where we're going to be going with our stitches. So you're gonna sort of the top of your leaf and you're gonna take one stitch right down the center, and I would just go down just a little bit, maybe like 1/3 way down the leaf. Now, you're just going to start taking your stitches down one side of the leaf. So I'm going right below that first stitch and I'm making a stitch. Teoh the center here, and I'm just gonna work my way down that outline, making these straight stitches. Now, we're going to start at the top of the other side, and I'm just gonna work my way down. So we're just gonna go from the outside down to the center of the leaf about 1/3 of the way down again and work our way down this side. And the biggest thing with this is just making sure that your stitches air touching in the middle's There's no negative space, and it kind of forms like almost a line in the leaf when you do this. So this is what the finished satin least stitch looks like. So the last stitch I'm gonna teach you is called a French. Not. And I think these air really fun. I use them a lot in the center of flowers are just kind of to add a little bit of accent Teoh around the flowers kind of the mimic flower buds. Um, so we're gonna start from the back of the fabric as normal, and you're gonna take the thread in your non working hand. You're gonna take your needle and you're gonna twist. I normally twist about three times around the needle. You're gonna keep the thread taught in your other hand, and you're gonna take your needle and go down the exact same hole you came through. Now you're gonna keep the thread taught and you're gonna start to pull through, and then you can go ahead and let go, and it should form a little Not I'll walk you through this again because this one's a little bit harder to get the hang off. So you're gonna go up through the fabric, hold the threat in your non working hand, you're gonna twist your needle around your thread, and then you're gonna go back down the same hole holding your threat tight, and then you're gonna pull through and that makes sure the French not I'm gonna show you another one where I only twisted around once so you can see the size difference. So if you want, like a bigger or smaller, not just you just twist them less or more around the needle. So I'm just twisting. Once I'm gonna go back down, you can see that's a small or not. 6. Project: So now here comes the fun part where we actually make our project. So I've got my embroidery traced out, and I picked the colors that I wanted to use, um, that you see on the left that I'm gonna incorporate into the embroidery. So I was just going to kind of walk you through which ditches I'm going to be uses using on some of the flowers. Just give you kind of an idea of ways you can use thes stitches that we went over. So this big center flower, I think I want to use the chain stitch on this one. So I'm going to start with some orange thread and I'm going to change stitch some of the pedals. So I briefly wanted to go over how you can endure stitches. If you have two pieces of bread, butter close together, I just not them together. But if you don't have to pieces and you only have one the other thing you can dio I'm gonna thread one of these pieces. You can basically just tuck it underneath some of the stitches, and I kind of just weave it in and out, and then you can cut the rest off. So I have filled in my pedals with the orange and its chain stitched. I left the center alone because I'm gonna be using this yellow to fill in the center of the flower. I'm just kind of doing varying sizes of chain stitches and they're detached chain stitches. So I filled in the center with some detached chain stitches. And now this is just to kind of show you that you can combine a whole bunch of different stitches together to make crazy combinations of things. But I'm going to do a stump sich down each center of each pedal, so I will show you what I'm talking about. We're just gonna go on top of the chain stitches kind of like our picture, how it has the stripes down the center. So now about first flowers done, I think I'm gonna dio the, uh, satin Lee stitch for the leaves around this flower. And this leaf was a little bit bigger, so I'm gonna use a little bit bigger stitches. I finished those leaves Now I'm gonna continue on. It's kind of hard to see in this video, but I'm going to continue on to these small flowers on the sides. I'm gonna use this yellow for, um, the outside. And I'm gonna use this brown for the inside, and I'm gonna use a padded satin stitch for those flowers. - I'm not really making the split stitch Super perfect, but it's more about just getting the outline defined. So I've done the outside pedals with the yellow. So now I'm going to take my brown and I'm just gonna do a couple of stitches in the center on each pedal because in my reference photo, there's a little bit of brown in the centre and then I'm gonna finish it off with some french knots in the middle. Just a couple. - The next flowers I'm gonna do are these blue ones, and I'm going to use a bunch of French knots in the purple color and the blue color. I'm just gonna kind of spread them around randomly, kind of blend them together. - So I filled in those two flowers. Now I'm gonna do these two top leaves, and I'm gonna do the satin leaf stitch again on those. And I'm gonna use a darker green color for these ones. - The last ditch that I'm going to be doing is a backstage on these little leaves and I'm going to be using the light green color, and I'm just gonna outline them. I think it'll look cool that way because there's already a lot of green in here, some just going around the back stitch outlining those last leaves. 7. Finishing Your Hoop: I am all finished with my embroidery hoop. So this is what mine looks like. I just wanted to go through a quick way toe finish your hoop. Um, the first thing you want to make sure is that your design is centered properly, and then I'm just gonna show you how you can back, um, or pull the fabric in the back. So it's nice and framed. You can hang it on the wall, so I will cut or a circle around the fabric here I leave about like an inch like 3/4 to an inch of fabric. So after this, what you have here is a mass on the back, at least my hoops air always a mess on the back. Um, and you can do a running sitch around the back of the hoop and this will just keep your fabric talked away. So you're just gonna do simple running stitch around the border of the fabric all the way around, and it can be a pretty large running stitch. Just something to keep the fabric pulled her on the back of the hoop. So I've made a running such all the way around the hoop. So now I'm just gonna pull it tight, and I'm just gonna do it, not in it 8. Closing Remarks: So here is the finished look. Thank you so much for joining me in this cost. I hope you guys thoroughly enjoyed it. Um, if you guys would like to post your projects in the project section, I would love to see all of your projects and see what you guys do with it. You don't have to follow everything that I did in this tutorial. This is just to kind of show you how you can apply those stitches. But there's so many different combinations that you can use. So I'm really excited to see what you guys dio Thanks so much again.