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Hand Embroidery for Beginners: Tropical Flower Design

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

Hand Embroidery for Beginners: Tropical Flower Design

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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9 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools And Tips

    • 3. Starting with the middle of the flower

    • 4. Long and Short Stitches

    • 5. Blending the colors together

    • 6. Mixing two colors together

    • 7. outline of the flower

    • 8. filling in with pink

    • 9. shading the flower

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About This Class

In this course, we will stitch a tropical flower design using a 6 stranded thread technique. We will use bold, contrasting colors to add variety to our embroidery. In these videos, I will take you through the technique step by step and show you just how easy it can be.

This is an introductory class, covering the basic technique of needle painting and each video builds on the last to provide a comprehensive guide to completing this piece.

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Floor Giebels

Embroidery Artist


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 : this'll class is gonna be about an embroidery. We're gonna make this flower. You gonna stitch along with me? Embroider is a great way to do something without looking at your screen. Andi, just completely take your mind of something or relax. Well, having a podcast on or listen to some music it's a great way to relax and impress your friends. It is really easy to learn. I will show you. I'm going over all the things you needs, all the supplies you need and you're gonna stitch along with me and I'm gonna show you how easy it is to make this piece. It is with six trends, and that means that it's a baby's that is easy to make. And it's not gonna take weeks to complete is a fun way to learn about hand embroidery and to make your first or second or third flower. As you can see, I will bring you straight along with me. You will see from up close how to do two stitches and you can just follow my hands on. In the meantime, I will tell you two tips and tricks and how I do it and all the steps shoe need to know to finish this piece 2. Tools And Tips: Okay, so this is about the supplies you need. Don't look at my mess. It is stitching chaos. So this is the fabric is just gotten just gotten just Yeah. So this is the pen I'm using. You can order it from the M C. It's, um ah, friction pen. So you use it and then you just wipe it off and show you mine is already and CeBIT I just turned around my hoop and I traced a computer. It will not break your computer. Not happen. I also have unstitched Auriol about tracing so you can see that this is the needle we're gonna use. You can look at it. See, Neil is not really sharp. It's a little bit sick. It's like it's ah, it's golden embroidery Needle the thinker. One cruel. You can also go circle A cruel look. It leaves a bit of a mark. Um, the island is a bit bigger. Um, it's not. You have also needles that are completely blondes, like around edge. But this one is a bid. Um, has a bit of a point. I'm gonna show you the basic stitches that we're using. So this is the split stitch sure you in the It doesn't matter how picked. Ah, the distances Just make it a centimeter or something. You hold a tread a bit the first time, and then you go in there in the fibers. I'm going to show you the stitches that we're going to use a lot, a lot. It's too short. It's a long and short stitch combined with a split stitch. So you basically go from one point to the middle. In the beginning, you make all the sitch is kind of like the same, um, length. And then when you have row, you're going to make them all different things. So you're just gonna fill the area like this? Keep your fabric site really site. Oh, I haven't talked about hoops. Hoops? Yes, dupes. Ah, yeah. See what you like. This is ah, I use a stand. But if you're a beginner, I would just use your on and a hand. Um, yeah, a medium size, like an 80 centimeter or 50 centimeter. That's maybe the nicest. Okay, so now I'm gonna show you how to remove stitches. So you have this storm ding. Oh, I can't I don't know. I won't put it in a note sort of skulls in English, and I'm a rough stitcher. I have to admit, this is a bit, you know, her core. I'm Brooke. I'm picking, but it's an easy, you know. You can also gently remove it. But if you make a loss Oh, that's just how I roll. But I always completely m chaotic. Uh, this is not a class about how to do it through the etiquette needlework society how to do it. But you can always take it out if you want to. So that's a good thing about embroidery, so let's start. 3. Starting with the middle of the flower: So we're going to start with the first stitch in the middle of the flour. The little circle with a yellow Greenidge you could see in the notes all the colors that we're going to use. And we're gonna start right in the middle and for the back. Just leave your tread hanging. Just hold it for now for like, the two stitches. And after that, you can just leave it hanging. So from you go from the middle to the outer side of the circle. See, now I'm pulling and holding the tread, and you're not gonna go really next to it like not super next. It, like, leave little with space. So you're just gonna leave a little bit space between them and then go to the next city? Okay, so you're just gonna go to the next stitch and you're gonna go all the time? You're gonna go to the middle. You will notice at some point. Does just no space anymore in the middle because there's too much tread. But I will show you what we do done, and it doesn't needs to be precise. So don't worry. That is not exactly, um, at the same you know, at the circle. And And also, don't worry if it if how you trace it is not exactly old lines are not exactly straight. Because you will not see that in the end, it's also nice, or it's not completely perfect. I'm now getting some more tread. Six trends. Everything is gonna be six. Notice. Not true. One side, we're gonna use tree strengths. Problem is, with six transit shoot Really, you know, run out of shreds really fast, like, you know, you're Flosses mt. Really quick. Here we go again and I'm holding my tread going to the middle. I can still go to the middle. Stirrings already go, but difficult. And also what is with embroidery? You know, it's kind of like I keep, you know, you think it, you know, you think it doesn't fit, but, you know, actually, you just have to push really hard, and then it fits yesterday. I'm not really into the middle anymore. I just go bit to decide. You just go into in between the other stitches. You will hear me saying that a lot in between the other searches. You see, that's not completely perfectly round. Yeah, he just randomly go in, redder its space. Or you just feel what I always do. I feel like I go with my needle, and then I just gently, like, feel a little bit like gonna squish the needle in here. And if I can, Then I push True. Yes. So now it's really two, son. She had air. We're almost done. Also. Don't worry about that. It has to be perfectly, um, closed that you No worries. If you see a little bit of fabric in between that circle, look, there doesn't fit. I'm just gonna push. True, You know, he can push pretty hard. It is before anything that will happen. Just your fingers will get really painful, Especially in especially when the weather is warm. Yes or no Done. Doesn't that already look nice? I think it does. Let's continue to the next video 4. Long and Short Stitches: So in this video, we're going to do the second color. We're going to do the seconds apart the outer part of the yellow. We'll start right about their raid. Also traced. Ed, hold it. The end of it, and you're going to go back in between. So somewhere in between those two yellow stitches so you will see to stick to stitches and in between those stitches you just regulated and you will, you know you will notice that it's a bit difficult because it's, um yeah, you have to really press true, but it doesn't matter. Don't worry about them not being too straight just is like that's a circle in the middle. Doesn't really matter if it's not super straight or same length. So basically doing the same thing as it's a circle, we're gonna leave some space in between. I go around little flower. See, I'm not making every stitch like the same lengths because you know what? Real flowers it's also or not that it's not super precise. So I think that's also like adding to the niceness that it's not super perfect. You can tell me the end of the utter video that it was like parents getting dark. Let's do this tomorrow again. And here it's diagnosed, you know. Nice lightning lighting again. Also, if you want to know about Well, I don't know if you like 10 no things that I haven't mentioned before but where I bought it like this stand. I don't know if anybody's interested in where I bought this stand or the hoops you can always ask me. Yeah, and we made a full circle again. Yeah. Now it's gonna be difficult, because now we really have to get push. So and now this is like the needle painting part. So you're gonna go in between those two in between two stitches a go a little bit, Um, further. Er that, um How I said, like you go, you make it a little bit longer. Okay? So we're also gonna make one, um, stitch in the other sich. So you're gonna go up The gold is a split sich a go in the other fibers. Just wiggle it around a bit, so it's not exactly in the middle, but you take old show, you take old, it's reds. That's just to give it a bit of a nice, you know, effect. So we're gonna go in between the two stitches and you're going to go, like, not in in the yellow anymore. But you're gonna wiggle it, but in between just a little bit next. Shit, I hope here we're going to do the same. I'm going to go up and wriggle it a little bit and put it in the other one. Yeah. And sometimes you have to, like, pull a little bit behind. So this is actually what you're doing now, this is really what we call, um, the threat pain thing. So the long and short stitch. So you make too short one long so that you can blend it. I'm not gonna make everything the same. Hi again. So it's gonna be here is gonna be a longer they're a bit shorter. Still the same video, but it's nighttime. Okay, Also, there will be if you put your trip, but your needle and you come up there. Bill sometimes get a little bit of thread from other leftover treads that are in the back. Just pluck him away. Tree nails. You can also seem in a video a lot that I Just what my scissors just got it up. Also, don't worry if you still see some, uh, wide in between if it's not completely old, close in the circle. Well, so this is just a bit improvising like, um because here, I'm making Aiken extra little bit of layer. It's so also bit looking at what you want to do in that, but it with a piece as you go along because remember that if you do to truck painting, you see this burning think, Oh, that's going to be like that's pretty a large part for it to be that dark purple. Just me. In the end, you will not able it will not be that big. So just make sure that the next stitch that you're gonna put in is just going to be a little bit longer than the other stitch. So now I'm gonna decide. Also do a little bit of outer sports stitch. You go up. Yeah, because they're I don't really see deadline. Screw it. Shouldn't I know where I'm she go, you see, because it's gonna getting vague okay to the next video 5. Blending the colors together: Okay, So we're gonna start with now with the red pink ish one we're going to do exactly to say, go from the middle off that leave. We're going all the way. Go in there. So back to almost the yellow. Per you gotta push hard. Don't worry. Nothing can really break or rib, or that's cigarettes ing from a border recon. Just, you know, doodle. Yes. So it's your basic, you know that. It's like the the art of on board is. So where am I gonna plays that needle? First of all, something is stuck there, but you're going to find, you know, you're gonna find a little spot that has a little bit of white anything. Yeah, if I put it there, that's nice in between. And you're going to make the stitches. Not the same, like so this first row of stitches are in between the other stitches again in between. Amp, see, You just find a little entrance there. Sure. You just go with your stitch and you find you slide your needles, some murdered you like. Okay, there's an opening. Now you're gonna make a long stitch. Squeeze it in there. There's still squeeze it in there in the end Organ ale. So you use the split stage. - So here we now see that we made a nice little row, and now I'm gonna show you. Sure, we're gonna make a longer one, and we're gonna put that in the other stitch. You're going to do that with all of them? Yeah, I'm still a little bit guessing if it didn't make it too long to yeah, that I went too far off. Just see what you like. So the long and short you're now making the long ones and you go in TV. Utter stitch. So you splitting the utter stitch? Excuse me for this is absolutely awful, because I'm going to go out of the screen and you don't see what I'm doing. It's genius. Well, it's just me not seeing it on a computer. So and it only happens for, you know, three seconds. And that is a lot stitch of the think reddish and I were going to do Oh, my favorite color. The bright orange 6. Mixing two colors together: Okay, so we're gonna start with the orange. We're not going to do exactly the same. Same because we're not gonna use orange as much as the other color. So you're just gonna put some stitches all the way around, so it's not going to be debt many. It's just nice for a subtle effect in it. Sweet. So we're gonna do toe, um, only Ah, you know, we did like a row like to say length, stage and under split stage, and now we're gonna do like the row and then some split stitches. See, that's nice coming along. And it's, um it's subtle and also like that. It's not exactly the same length on every side. She kind of have that. Oh, I hate that. I hate it. When that happens, you just you just grab your nails and fingers and you just look it out. - Case you're reading to her last stitch rolled round again, made the full circle, and now it's time to get the been gone. So the next video will be, um yeah Dip Inc 7. outline of the flower: as you can see already did some. And I'm going to show you how you're gonna take two strands. You go up in the utter stitch. Two strengths. It's really easy and just gonna follow the line. This is a great stitch because, you know, it's a nice stitch. Also used for you know, if you just wanna have a line drawing that you want to trace, you can have a really nice smooth line trick is gonna go all the way. Are you gonna go old away? Um, over to leave and then into the beginning so that you really see that it's a metal. Why do I call the leaf? It's a metal. I'm sorry. English is not my first language. And it's some things are just paddle leave. Yeah, but you know what I mean? So didn't It's fun. Yeah. Okay, sir. Almost done. And we did this step now because if you do it at the end, then it's difficult, you know, to see the line. And this is easier for yourself to get like, an outline and to know Ah, where to go with the bank, Sir. After this, we're going to go on to do pig 8. filling in with pink: Okay. So as you can see, I already did apart. So you can look at it. So you're not going to start all the way at the end. You're going to start a little bit in the middle, and you're just going to repeat what we already did. And it's going to be a little bit difficult, because you need Teoh get their, um, get really close to the the outline of to peddle. So I tried to get us closer. She can, but that's the last road that you do, so don't worry about it. Now. Now you're just gonna, uh, do the same thing that we did before. - Okay , now we made a row. First row. Now we're going to do the same thing as you did before, but this station already going, um, against Beddoe line, see that it's a little bit. You can see that it this forms the line a bit, but you can fix that with the other stitch. So just go over that. You can see that it's a really precise Well, you can see that's a lot of layering because you don't wanna have this stitches too long because that doesn't look good. But the problem that I have with this is that it Oh, at one point it gets a bit boring because it's so much bank. And then you're like, Oh, I mean, yes, I love embroidery, but sometimes you can have too much of one called Lord. It's also good to switch it up or go to a different projects or because then some things you end up making mistakes or making it not pretty. Okay, so I thought I'm going to show you one leave, otherwise going to show you our battle. I'm not going to show you all the petals because it's yes, the same thing. Now we're going to go to the last bar. 9. shading the flower: So now we're going to start with the last part. First, we're going to go with, um, kind of pinkish color. I was just gonna go like we did before. You're gonna go split stitching it, or you go a little bit of in between here. Yeah, And then you go just in between and just look how you think that looks to prettiest. This is how I do it. And for this part we're using, like, real, using two colors. Here you go. Make split search, and I do Ah, dis s last because it blends nice in because the the the light pink sewed it so much layers that it's nicer if you do the shading far as last because then it sits on top of it. Should I'm going to take another color. It's like purple pinkish to give it like a nice effects. Um, yeah, like a nice shading effects. And we're just gonna peep toes in a tweet. No man is getting really tough getting that needed. No. So you basically get what you're going to do now with the purple is that you place it somewhere that you think that's gonna look nice in between two stitches that I made and you go pretty far to the end and that's it. You're going to do that everywhere. I thought. I'm going to show you guys like one side only because to do all the side, it's like the same thing. And so thank you for watching.