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Hand Embroidery for Beginners: How to Embroider Lines and Letters

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

Hand Embroidery for Beginners: How to Embroider Lines and Letters

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. intro

    • 2. Fabric and hoop

    • 3. Tracing

    • 4. Tools and starting with the stitching

    • 5. Up close view

    • 6. Full view

    • 7. Finishing project

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to make a line drawing with embroidery. You can stitch along with me and see the process from different views, and I will also show you a simple trick for tracing your initial design with your computer. No previous embroidery or needlework experience is required for this class. 

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Floor Giebels

Embroidery Artist

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Hi, my name is Floor and I'm a Dutch embroidery artist living in The Netherlands.

Originally from a design background, I found my artistic freedom and expression through the more traditional art of embroidery. Entirely self-taught, I started my journey in 2016 and am continually learning new skills and applying them to my work. I also like to explore the boundaries of traditional hand embroidery by creating some pieces as mixed media, to contrast and compliment the thread itself. 

I have found that embroidery has led me to explore the textures present in the world around me - living on the coast, the beautiful beaches, scenery and animals constantly offer me inspiration for new projects. One of my favorite topics to explore in my pieces is the interplay b... See full profile

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1. intro: Hi. My name is Floor, and I'm a hand embroidery artist. In this class, I want to show you how to turn a line illustration into embroidery piece. I will start from the very beginning on how to group your fabric, what fabric to use, and how to trace your PDF. You will also stitch along with me. You will have the ability to see it from different views and different angles, and I will go over all the steps with you on how to create this. As last, we will also go over on how to finish the piece with your scissors, how to get rid of all the thread, and also we will go over how to frame your embroidery piece in the hoop itself. 2. Fabric and hoop: Welcome to the first part of this video. I'm going to show you how to place the fabric in the hoop. I already did mine, so I'm going to take it out just so I can show you. This is how it looks when it's in the loop. Looks really nice. I always do it very tight. That is also for the unscrewing. Just going to place your fabric there. This is a muslin fabric or poplin fabric. It has different names. Basically, it's just tightly woven cotton. Any cotton that is slightly woven you can use for your project. As you can see, it's not a perfect square, it doesn't need to be, as long as you have some fabric on the side to use. Make sure it's nice and smooth. You take your hoop. As you can see, I have enough space around it to play with. This is fine. Couple centimeters on the side suggested you can play with when the placement of your design is not really the way you wanted. We're just going to put a fabric on top of that and slide the hoop over the fabric, and screw it. As the last finishing touch, you make sure that it's really tight inside the hoop. 3. Tracing: This is how are we going to do the tracing. Where you have the image that you have as a file in the project and this is your hoop, you're going to turn it around so you can put it against the screen. The image, make it as big or as small as you want. It's up to you how big you want it to be. For the tracing, I'm going to make it big, but when I'm going to stitch it, I'm going to make it smaller. Otherwise, I will have a project again that is like two hours long and I don't want to bore you people that much. We have a B pencil here. That's really a pencil that is soft. I recommend using a Frixion pen. That is a pen that the ink goes away when it's exposed to heat, so A hairdryer or a heater, sorry, I'm having a cold or are water-soluble. Because if you make a mistake, then it's easily fixed, so it's up to you. You get over it really soft. Also, this will not harm your computer. I've done this so many times and I've never experienced anything that happened to my computer. Just set it on maximum brightness, don't push too hard. But it's a nice easy way to trace your patterns and nothing will happens. I cannot guarantee it, but with me nothing ever happen and I do this all the time. I love my computer. You just trace it. I'm not doing it really neat I see because normally what I do is, that I go really close in front of the screen. But because I want you guys to see really good what I'm doing, I'm not going to go really close to my screen. But its a really neat, nice, easy way to trace your pattern quickly, because once you have your pen and you just want to trace it and stitch it. Also, don't worry too much about mistakes. You can always fix it and it will always be fine. Now you make lines a bit thicker. This is also a great way to use for fonts. You can type in a text and then you can trace the text and you have your own text you can trace. We're done. We're going to turn the hoop around, the fabric so that we have it on top as a normal hoop. 4. Tools and starting with the stitching: Here we have the design. I traced it on the fabric. I'm now going to put it the other way around for the stitching. Just clip it over. I make my design smaller than before for the stitching part, otherwise it's such a huge palm leaf. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to show you a tree, for tree angles and I will do the stitch. I'm going to start with an on-top view, that's a bit further away. You can see how I am going to stitch from a more distance view. The second part I'm going to show you from up close. Just adjusting my thing here. What you're going to need is we're going to use black thread, one strand. You have six strands in one floss, and you're going to use one. The needle is a medium-size needle, so I adjust it, and now I'm going to sew that. The needle we're going to use is a medium-size needle with a sharp point. In embroidery we have two needles, the sharp point and the stump point. This is a needle that has a sharp point. This is a pretty big needle. It does leave marks. It does leave holes in your fabric, so you have to be aware of that. You can make holes, pre-made holes for it, if you really want to be precise with the distance, but I'm just going to wing it. You're going to leave your finger on the back for the first two stitches, for the thread on the back. Now the third stage, I'm taking my finger away. What you're going to do is you're going to go from one hole to the next hole. Sorry, I'm having a cold. You're going to go back into the same hole where you came out of. You're going to come back in the same exact, and because this needle is medium-sized needle it makes the holes a bit bigger so you can really see where it should go in for the next hole. Don't make your thread too long because it will knot together. If this happens just pull it. Don't make your stitches too long that there's too much space between them because if you have to make like bends like around its surface, then you want to make your stitches as small as possible so that you have a nice clear line. I do think that I'm making the stitches a little bit too long. Basically, the longer your stitches, the more it will be visible as a stitch. It can cripple a bit up so that it's not too tight so that it comes loose a bit. Maybe my stiches are now too long, I should make them smaller. What you can do is you can make holes that you need already to see where you have to go. Because I wanted to show you guys simple way to do it, I made the stiches longer. You can make them some, but then they're less steady. It's also difficult to have a consistency with them. Now I've shown you from the top view, we're now going to go to a more up-close view. 5. Up close view: Now we're going to do the part that is for our close. As you can see, going in, and you see that I don't do it in one move. Exactly that I go up and in one handle that I go down because for me usually I'm also looking like, okay, where is that hole? I can be like, oh, I pre-made holes, so I have the right size. But it was just I forgot to put the button on the film button, so I was just stitching, and I didn't put the camera on so that's where the holes are from. That does happen. These holes you can also choose to have really thin needle and then you won't have it. It's also depends on the fabric. This is very tightly woven cotton. You see for me it's also changing the thread. When I go next to a line, I don't go in the other line, not like on top of it because then that distorts the other thread. It makes it a different thickness and you will see it. I try to not go in the other thread there. Sometimes I see myself as like, oh, yeah, there I didn't go exactly in the same hole. It happens. For you guys this maybe not good to see my lines because at the beginning I use a pencil, but then I heard myself talking about a friction pen. I was like, maybe I should use your friction pen because that's maybe better. So I use a friction pen, it goes away with heat, so it's already dissolving. I can see pretty good still, so that's fine. Daisy, I'm not going in the thread of the other thread, just going next to it. Then you just pull a little bit to make sure that they're tight, making it as any image you want. It's difficult, the endpoints. I submit that I'm not the most precise person. Okay. This is another view of how I do it. I'm going to show you one more. 6. Full view: We have a view from the top, this is actually the view of how I see it, how I'm actually stitching. You're basically doing the same thing over and over again, you go up. You see on the right that I did it a little bit different. I wanted that side to look a bit not the same as the left, so I made the leaves a bit different. I make one big long leaf there. It's basically going up to the top, again, then you make a point. Now I go to the points, I make that stitch short. You see my friction pen is almost frictioned out but I can still see it because in the camera I made the brightness very bright. You can see that's a nice part. It doesn't take long, and it's so nice to give as a gift, or when you have a friend that's a graphic designer that you can stitch his illustrations. It's a really cool thing to be able to do. Or you can stitch texts like this. You can stitch anything like this, any outline, and it looks really cool. It doesn't take that long as you think. You can also do this on clothes, on everything. Just make sure that you trace it good and that you go into the same exact hole. Now you guys have seen it from this angle, I'm going to show you now what we do when we're done with it. 7. Finishing project: We're done with our projects. I put it in a size 50 centimeter hoop, because it looked nicer. You're going to cut all the little pieces off. All the long threads you're going to cut them off. What you can do is you can take a cloth, it doesn't matter what as long as it's white and you can stick it behind it. You put it also in a hoop so you don't have the back shown. Make it tight and now you're going to cut away the sides for finishing. Take your scissors and you're going to cut the sides. What you're also going to take is a textile glue. You can buy it anywhere on Amazon just textile glue, for me it works the best. Then you're going to fold. Yeah, you're going to fold it over. You put the glue on the wood and you're just going to fold it over and it sticks right away. Then you're done and your project is done.