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Hand Embroidery: Sleeping Fox

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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11 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Class project

    • 3. Tools fox

    • 4. Stitches

    • 5. Sketching

    • 6. Ears fox

    • 7. Starting with the lines

    • 8. Fox face

    • 9. Tail

    • 10. Back fox

    • 11. Thank you


About This Class

Hand Embroidery: step by step guide to mastering the art of needle painting

Class description:

Needle painting was the single biggest influence on me starting my embroidery journey – from the first time I saw the technique used I really wanted to try it for myself. I looked closely at other embroidery pieces and slowly taught myself by trial and error until I had created my first piece. When I shared my first piece using the technique on Instagram, I recieved many emails from people who wanted to buy one from me or wanted to know more about the methods I was using, so – here we are!

In this course you will learn how to make the Fox using "long and short stitch" with color blending.  My technique is relatively simple - using single strands of embroidery thread. 


1. Intro: needle painting is a type of embroidery. Ray used lots of shadings in long and short stitches to create a piece with lots of details and the illusion that you're actually bein saying with threat. When I first started with embroidery, I love to look of needle things, things I really wanted to do. Dad, I immediately start doing that as soon as I learned embroidery, and I think in a month I made my first memory of peace and it looks so much better than I imagined. It was much easier than I thought it would be. So I'm really excited to teach you how to do this in a way that I think is easy and understandable. And thats so dancing as it looks, because it looks way more difficult than it really is in this class, you're going to stitch along with me to create the fox, and in the beginning I will also have an introduction on how to do two stitches, what materials to use and all that kind of things, so I hope you will enjoy it. 2. Class project: first thing I want to talk about is the glass projects. So you're gonna have to Pdf files. One is for tracing it battered and the other one is for the color guard. Well, as you can see does is not a class about illustrator. I'm not good at that. But I did. This is how I do it. I make a rough guide on how I'm gonna trace it. I have a class on how to trace. Um um, image on your fabric. You can watch it if you want, but or and you can use the also the picture as your reference. I also glued to color numbers. You can see all the numbers that I used some. Well, these are all the numbers that I use, but I use them multiple times. So you couldn't see them coming back in the in the picture, in the treads. I didn't include Black of wide. Um, those are also in it. I made on Amazon lists on where you can. Yeah, What is the best route to purchase? These are for DMC, but the ones I included in the list are Yeah, they're not that far off of the emcee, but the colors looked the same, and they have the same color numbers and is good as a beginner's. I also still use them, actually, and I think they're fine. Um, so this is a glass purchase? More like that. You can just stitch along with me. I always like to do that. I think that's fun, that you can create your own peace. 3. Tools fox: First, we're going to talk about the tools that we're gonna need to create this project. Dis fabric. It's just basic gotten. You call it muslin fabric and it's cheap and it looks lovely for the needles. I love the pebbles. Uh, it's a you know. They come in different sizes in one package. It's a really nice case where it's in and you know I love them. They're my go to needles for embroidery thread. You can go, which is DMC, but they're a my being inexpensive. I will put a link in the description where you can find a you know, an alternative. A cheaper option ready will have for $7. You have all the colors, and I actually also still use those because they have a bigger cholerae call arranged in the M. C in my band and afford to start with. It's just the best, for it is sketching, I recommend just It's just a normal pencil hobby doesn't matter. And what is also very handy toe have isn't, um, picker because you want to come pick 4. Stitches: I think it's a good practice to first learn how to do two stitches. Um, we're gonna use all the same stitches for the whole project. So you basically need to learn one stitch. And I'm just going to show you with two collars how to do it. So you know what stitches were going to use for the entire project. So take your needle and hold the end of the tread. After two stitches, you can let go of it because it will be tied enough. It was secure enough. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna make a rose, but a long stitch and the short stitch. And then that's the way you can make for so that it creates illusion. That is for. And don't worry that it's not close enough together. You can always squeeze a stitch, and it doesn't matter. My lines are also not perfect. See, it's not a perfect straight line. And, you know, this is the way that I do it. It's not the way dad, um, the you know the way you should do, um, long and short stitches. This just the way that I create for I'm gonna speed it up of it for you guys. And in a moment, we're going to use a different color tread. See, there it's a little bit space, and I'm just gonna squeeze it in. Now I'm gonna use of it up close, and that we're gonna do is we're gonna you know, it always just not happening to first step something. She need a second try. We're gonna be in in right in the utter stitch. You, too. Just going to go in the middle of that under stitch, and that creates the illusion offer. And it it blends really nicely together and again. You make long and short stitches. You can also, um, not go in the other stage, but right between the other stitch. So between the two stitches, or you can go in the utter sitch. But I used them all because I just want to make them as close together as possible. So I just want all the stitches to be closely together. And what I also wanted to show you is, um, for instance, if you have a new ear or something, that is, um, Bend how to make that curve. So, for instance, you have a straight line and you want to make that curve How you're gonna make that curves that you make a short stitch, eager right in the other stitch. And I do recommend getting a magnifying lamp. I will put it all description on the Amazon page. But trust me, because my eyes have I never needed glasses and all of a sudden and I need glasses. I see. So you make a really short stitches, you go into the other stitch. 5. Sketching: we're going to start with the sketching of the details. You can look at my other videos to see how to actually trace on image for embroidery. Right now, I'm gonna do the final touches, the details. So I know how to stitch. So you see you that I make little lines that I see where the hairs are, which direction to hairs are going. So I make the eyes a bit more visible. And for me, it's also important to know the direction the hair is. So you didn't go up, but not all the way, because you see there I also tried to make, like, a distinction. What is, um, the light parts and the dark parts should make, like a line there. Your day of hairs go to decide. The ears are always difficult with hair. Soil should try to see the direction Eric goes. And here you see that there is a white part, um, at the fox so you can see that I made the line. We're gonna make a line here that I know where to stop. Right to start with the white line. Okay, so then the last thing is just still and That's pretty. It goes one way to hairs, so I'm just gonna make some little hairs that go that direction. 6. Ears fox: So you're starting off its base color. Remember, given the hair is going to decide, we're also going to do it underneath because you can see in the picture. The fox also has a hair that color. So we're also going to use that color there. They were gonna use a lighter yellow. Just make it a little bit different to use a different color on the other side. - But the other color that we use before we're going to go in the other stitches. Likely Breakfasts. Big side note here is that I'm here using black. But afterwards I used great because it looked better and I forgot to film it. So instead off black. Please use gray. I will use the color in the notes. 7. Starting with the lines: we're going to start making just simple lines for differ. But we're going to do is we're gonna make a row off lines and we're going to do long, short, long short. It doesn't have to be perfectly a long, short, long, short evenly at the same length. Just so, it's roughly long, short, long short. - So we're gonna repeat this process on its up was ahead long, Short, long, short. You see that I make, uh, just evenly lines and then put other stitches between it. Now we're going to use a different color, a slide lighter, one to create the effect the original for So you gonna go? It's rinos lines and just stick it in there. I think the problem is that what people really think you have to be really neat. We did. It doesn't me because it's for for is also not evenly need the same. So just go in between the lines and put your needle there. The one thing that it is, it's time consuming. That's what it is. But it's nice is relaxing. Its just no squishing lines next to each other streaking, a repeated pro says. For the whole down area till the till. So you're gonna use the dark part lines, lines, lines and then you're gonna fill them up with the light part. Look, so you see that it's just basically like you're beating the same step over and over. So I skipped ahead a bit because it's basically doing the same thing, making lines as I showed you never gonna go with a darker color and create here, um, straight lines in the other treads. So you have the illusion off the neck so that there is a transition off color, um, that it looks like there's a shadow. You're gonna go old that, you know, if you look at the fox, it's, you know, it's different because, you see, also did their shadow there, its ears. We're not going to do exactly like the Fox. I mean, I can do that, but then it will take really long because that makes means. I have to look really, really closely to the picture. And, yeah, I like to do it more this, that it's a little bit of own interpretation. Otherwise, if I make it too complex, sometimes turns out weird because you over think it and over look at the picture, but this is a nice rates. You create, um, the illusion of shadow that there is a neck you're not going. And remember that underneath that, we're still gonna add wide, uh 8. Fox face: So we're gonna continue with decide, and we're going to continue with the same color as we use for the middle stitches for the for. So here we're going, like, dark, light, dark. So just basically the same color as before. You're going in with a different, slightly different color. She just keep making lines next to each other here. Already made the I. That was not really excited, because it's just yeah, lines next to each other next to the I just filling it in. Okay, so this is a tricky part. I had to pick this, I think three times. Yeah. At least, um, it's difficult because you wanna have the illusion off the shading and in a picture, it's very dark, and I want it's also make it dark bud. If I overdid it, then it would just not working. It looks weird. So very, very small. You make stitches again. You're gonna come pick a lot. That's just I mean, I I edited out of law because yeah, Why would you want to see me? I'm pick, but a lot of times it just doesn't look right. But I also do. But you're more offense. You can also just go over it with your stitches. You also you always also see that I go over it with, um, different tread. Like here. I will cover a moose of the black because I wanted to have, like, a slightly black, So I just go very far in my tread. Suda. It's not got visible. No, no, you have the cheeks. Okay, so here, we re gonna do Teoh, um, little black specks, black. We're going to make them really tiny. So also what is it? A trick and embroider if you put it in an in pool a little bit harder than the threat goes deeper into the fabric and it disappears a little bit more. You only do not going to do a few. Just sit sign of it. And after this, we're gonna start with the news. Yeah, with the black. It's just also, uh, looking like, How much do you think is necessary? Okay, we're gonna start with the nose. We're starting with a darker orange on the bottom. See, I'm going into the black because I want to have disappeared a little bit more Should it with dread is less visible. So now you're gonna work away from down to up. I'm starting with the dark orange. No. And in the diagram, you'll see that I use done slightly light a version in the middle and this darker color. We're gonna use that of its still on top there so that you have Teoh shadow off the end of the nose and in the middle, you're going to use the lighter color. So I already did. He knows. Now we're going back ahead, and you can see I was so that already a part of the head because it's a large a large area to fill. And it's basically doing the same thing over and over again, going in with a dark the darker in the, um, light apart. Although here at the end, we're gonna I'm going to speed it up. We're gonna end with delight, barred a bit more. You're gonna end now. Sergen and Al bits, lights 9. Tail: Okay, so we're gonna first do the white barred. We're going to start with a little bit of grayish, and we're just gonna stick that up there. So we're going sideways in the other, just next to the other treads. We're going pretty far in the other for should any gonna eat. You know, you have the effect of that. It's underneath it. So we're not gonna finish them slightly grazed one, and I'm going to speed it up, and then we'll go to the really white part way didn't done all the great parts. And now we're gonna fill in which white and on camera, you don't really see the difference. That much of the difference is very subtle because, like, gray and wide would tragedy don't see that much, But it's just enough to create the illusion off. Um, that it's for now. We're gonna continue its till and finished at one. As you can see with the fox and, um, picture that he also has way more black Jim, we're gonna add some more black now, - so no, I think we added enough black on this side, and we're going to fill it in with hips. I hate it when this happens, it's really annoying. It's when you get also when it treads too long, then it just gets in knots. It's just annoying, but we're going to do is we're gonna now filled in with a lighter color. And this This still took me actually a lot of time because you can do very efficient. And that is having lots of needles with different colors on the side so that you don't have to try your needle every time you use a different color, because we're going to use a lot of colors in detail. But I choose toe not so efficient. Way and head is too. Use a color and then using out of color and another girl, analytical, and then go back to the different colors a little time and keep training money dio. But I'm going to speed it up. But as a tip, um, is best to have like old needles handy and plays with the colors color tread so you don't have to worry about trading you needle. It's I'm and it's more efficient. - So I left out a bit because you can see that is basically going from the ah the end to the middle. So you work your way up to the middle and you keep switching with, um, dark and lights, you can see in a diagram which colors to use. So we're just going to continue a dad, and then at last, we're gonna do some specks of black. Okay, so it's almost finished, and I thought I would now go ahead and do some black in it between. So if you look at the fox is still it's well, it's more sophisticated than that. But I felt like to create the same illusion. We're just gonna go ahead and at the end, put in some random black, and it looks nice. So you're going the same way as the other treads, but one in the middle of it, and it looks really nice. 10. Back fox: So first of all, I'm going to sketch him bit with my pencil. Just so I have a good understanding, right? Aligns goo Because you see what the fox that it goes? Yeah, in that direction of theirs. So I wanted Teoh be sure that I knew that I'm going to right direction. - So we're gonna begin with the back of 22 and work our way up in the same color as the end of the till. So because when we should look at the fox it has around the back, it has a dark of color. So we also are going to do that way. We're also going to do that on a still, but then in the opposite direction, - we're gonna add a light color. We're gonna do that. On top of the sitch is that we just said we're gonna go from lights Syria, beginning that lied to end with dark show on top of the body were gonna end with dark. - The color that we're now going to use is very slightly darker. Done the other one. So it's really gonna be a Grady int between colors. You really don't see that much difference from it. So it's gonna be really nice. Flu. Too dark. We're going to go ahead with the next color slightly darker, and we're gonna go in the other thread. So now we're gonna fill up the whole entire section with this last color. And that's it, then, rhythm. That was the fox. 11. Thank you: Thank you so much for watching this class. It means a lot to me that you guys are watching. Um I'm still very new at this online. A class thing. So if you have any feedback about how I'm giving the class or maybe something's wrong But the audio is something that you would like to see improved than Please give me feedback. It always helps. And I if you would like to give me a reviewed and please, um if you want to see more of my work, you can look at my instagram. You can see you, my instagram, and I hope to see you again for another class.