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Hand Embroidery for Beginners: Wildflower Bouquet

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

Hand Embroidery for Beginners: Wildflower Bouquet

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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8 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Class project

    • 3. Supplies and tracing

    • 4. Stem and leaves

    • 5. Outline flower

    • 6. Pink and teal flower

    • 7. Dark orange with light blue flower

    • 8. Thank you

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About This Class

In this class, we will learn how to make wildflowers with embroidery. this Class is great for beginners. I will show you exactly which materials to use, how to trace the image & I will teach you all the steps in the embroidery proces. 

This class is for those of you who want to learn the basics of hand embroidery and also like something cute to hang on the wall.

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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 : Hi, My name is Floor. Welcome to the skill share class. I've been teaching on skill share for well, and I absolutely love it. What I mainly like to do when it comes to embroidery, it's look a different kind of things that I love to see and think. How can I translate this back to embroidery? Well, I recently saw someone hanging up with right flowers on the wall with a little masking tape , and I loved it. And I felt myself How can I bring this back to embroidery? And I came up with this, so they're not exactly dry flowers, but I wanted to make a kind of like a bouquet that they have with dried flowers, and I really loved a little masking tape. This project is very begin ish, friendly, and I'm gonna go over all the details, all the materials and how you can transferred image, and we're going to make this project. It looks really beautiful on the wall, and it's a great gift 2. Class project: for this class project. I would love it if you make it your own, because every time I look at all the projects and my skill share classes, I am amazed. Invited talent that comes up, I really am. I'm very impressed, and not only with the techniques, but also but your own style that you got spooked in. So I see a lot of different color uses and different kind of styles, and I love that. So for the Project section, what I really would love for you to do, I said, Just look at this piece and look at the work shed that I put in it and think of your own interior. Think of your own color choices. What works, what you are you? Someone who is likes moody colors? Or is that in your so in your interior? Is there more pastel colors to really think about that? And also think about framing. There is so much which you can do it framing. Everybody always thinks about an embroidery hoop, but there's so much more that you can use to frame. This is just a old vintage frame that I found in a thresher. It's plastic I think. But I saw it and I think like, Oh, that's perfect for embroidery. And it looks so cute on a wall. So really think about what can you use as framing and go nuts on eBay? 3. Supplies and tracing: So before we go into the tracing, I'm gonna show you the tools that you're going to need for these projects. First, What I have is an embroidery who this hoop is 18 centimeters. But anything bigger will do. A tiny bit smaller will also do. If you hope is around 16 18 centimeters, that is great. You're gonna need a pair of scissors. I used to have really cute scissors, but I keep losing them, and I don't know why, but these are decisions that I found in the kitchen. Any sisters will do efs for needles. Well, I have my needles and very cute case year. But for needles, I recommend that you're gonna use a needle with a sharp ends. This one is a bit bigger than this one. It's a bit thicker, but both of them are actually fine. You know, you sometimes have a preference for a needle. I like to have them really, Tim and really sharp. So if you're looking for a needle to do embroidery, just just remember that it has to have a sharp end. We're gonna also use one strength and then you really want to just poke it in fast, and when you have a blunt needle, then it's very difficult to get through to fabric. So I recommend using one with a sharp Adams, and high after is really cute. Case. He's doesn't work anymore, Stuber. But this one is for record needles, old record needles on. That's where I like to keep them in. Now, as for drawing on the fabric, I like to use this pen. It's called a friction pen, so what you do is you draw the fabric, and afterwards you can use a hair dryer, and you use the hottest setting on the hair dryer than it removed. Every it will remove all of these markings and asked for defense. Brick. I just have the cotton. We call it Poplin cotton. And just look, if you're looking on life of fabric, just look for a tight woven poplin cotton. And what is very, very important is that it has doesn't have any stretch because sometimes you see that when people have distorts distorted stitches or puckering off the fabric, that is most of the time. It's because of this fabric that is stretched, and then it's very difficult to in border on it So what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna take a piece of fabric. For now, I'm only using one. And afterwards I'm gonna use another one and not a layer. Because I don't want you to see over its to see the stitches through the fabric, because you can see that the fabric always is a little bit. See true. And you don't want set because I don't want to think about the back off the embroidery. That's usually not meet with me. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna leave it like this with the first layer of fabric. I'm gonna gonna unscrew it. I put my fabric down, get the dog hair off it. I have dark, so there will be dog hair everywhere. Just a heads up. When were you gonna true this over it. Make sure it is, as we call it in the embroidery community. Drum tight. So once that is done, you're gonna turn it around, because if this is a side that we're gonna use and now it is a time for tracing, Okay. When it comes to tracing, you can do it two ways. I'm gonna show you to wait it. I do it the way I always do it. But the other thing that you can do is you can print out the pattern that is any work. She'd tape it against your window, and then you can go against this like it is now also against the window and trace it like that's for me. That is a bit off slow process. So I like to do it fast. And this is my version off how I like to do it. So this is how I like to do it. I have my Mac book. Rich is very dirty. Um, I haven't now open and illustrator, but you concede in your project section in the same way I like to put the brightness as much up as I can. And you see, I can do this. And then I really what I am doing now is I'm using my and lapped up as a drive people. So now my design is done, and what I'm now gonna do is I'm gonna remove this one and put an extra layer underneath it . Dark hairs. - And the reason why I'm during these two layers is because this is gonna be messy. That's just how I work. I know that traditionally, embroidery the front has to be or the back has to be justice. Knee as the front, I notice. Use the back. That's my thing. I am. I use a double layer. She can see through the fabric that I'm sure you cannot see through the fabric. And then I can just do my end. Something that I wanted. Stress is what can happen when you leave it really long is that sometimes you're doing this and then you accidentally stitch the fabric onto your hoop, so I'd like to remove excess fabric a little bit. 4. Stem and leaves: So we're going to start with the green track and we're going to use one strand. So this is the tread, and it's red comes in six Strand's you can see here. So what you're gonna do is you're going to take one of these strands off. And what I like to do is I hold I take one strand and hold the other strands, and then it comes right up. I'm going to start at the bottom. I'm gonna put it in here my needle, and then write about a year. I'm stopping Be a little bit more. I'm going in again and I'm not pulling your heart only a little bit. And I'm cutting up with my needle a little bit. It's I any of it amounts just to stay the mountain as we did before. Go up and you see here just not pulling too hard, should it is, stays intact. And then I'm gonna go close up free guys and I'm gonna go in the other hole of the stitch. And at this point, I can pull it as hard as I want because it will not go out of the fabric and we continue to us all the way up Sometimes you see, this is happening to me. No back can get stuck. Just use your needle and you go. - So I like to do Is I going to go over each individual strands? It's each individual line, and we're gonna get saying you're doing this with all the lines. Okay, you can see that. I did all the lines and now we're going to do all the other stitches which agree. So here it's just straightforward Sitges. You only need one little stitch for these things. And they were going to go in and do these Little league. And what I advise you to do with these little leaves, what I do is I go in and I use a straight stitch going up, going down and just fill in everything with a strange stitch. He gets a shape, right? So you're in What? Your needle. You go in, right? You needle. That's a line. He just went straight down. Sure, not a one year. This one. I like to begin at the middle, at the middle of the leaf, I begin and then I slowly make my way down. See here that you never see that in the middle. Here is a little bit of space. I'm just going to go in in that space and fill that up, and we're going to do this with all the other little leaves. 5. Outline flower: Now you see that? I did all the leaves. Never gonna go over to Dishman right here. I refers. Gonna outline it with this one. It's not brown. It's not purple. I think it is malls. I don't know if that's how you go it mob maybe. And I want to show you a little trick. It's ah, embroidery. Heck as you will we're gonna use to stress. But my skills in threading a needle is very limited. I'm not good at it. It can really frustrate me. And especially because I really love to use thin needles Like what I like to do is I take a long tread very long tread they take once trends just gonna slip it off and going to tread that one needle off that one tread I got in front of a camera. Yes. And this is a trick. I'm going to make the ends. Even so, the ends are now even and we now have two strands. But you only had to tread once, friend. So this is how I like to do it also Why I like to do it is because, um your needle is your needle is than into project. So whenever I'm stepping away from the project and I wouldn't do something else, the needle is, um, you know, hanging there because you're gonna in border, and then it's just gonna hang there from the project, and I kind of like that. So we're gonna outline Oh, these lines here are gonna ended at the same way as we did with these, But then with two strength, so again, so again, we're just going to follow the lines, go in the other Tritch. And don't worry about this because now anything like, Oh, but it's not really good because slyness should take. Don't worry about that. It's gonna fix itself. - So this is definitely more challenging than the other ones. But you know, you can do it. Did you sue little stitches when there's a curve and then you make your weight down and when you think that it's pretty one solid line and you can go pretty far down already with your needle, you tread, and that's how we're gonna outlined his whole flower. So now you can see I outlines the entire followed, and now you have two choices. You can use one strand or two strands and we're going to fill up the inside off the part that we outlined. I'm going to use two strands good start year. And I also want to point out that in the pattern, it says indeed, that year we have lines that we're gonna fill up. But we're going to do that at the very end. See that you can see it, right? Yes. So make sure you're not going over the stitches. I'm just gonna fill it in. - We're going to repeat this with, Oh, the pedals. So now that everything is layered in, I used to strands and I just went over it and over red and just filled it in. Now we are going to use our move and you could have seen on bad and that I have, like, strokes there, and it's it's too difficult to in border around that, and it's you don't have that much space to put a thread between it, so I'm just gonna wing it, and so can you. And we're going to use our mom again and we're using once trends and we're just gonna make stitches insides and take that city end and you can choose that you do two or one. Personally, I suggests at some places like these to do too. But mostly just one. Just for a little shading effect. You're just going to go in? I'm gonna show you, for instance, Here. You just gonna go in what you needle and all the way down? Just one stitch. If you want. You can make it ju for more debt. We're going to do that all the way around every single pedal. Okay, Now you can see that I feel them all in. I used one strands. So what? Every pedal. I just used one strength for a nice effect We're never going to do to middle. And we're gonna use with the teal for that. We're gonna use two strands. You're just gonna fill this in? How we're gonna do that is a settin stitch. And Sutton stage means actually that you just gonna go from one side city out of sight and to make this one in the middle said a bit more out. I'm gonna frame it with the life big. Also, to hide a bit. The mistakes that I made around it to make it a little bit more meat. - You just do a little dull stitches. And this is maybe also it's it because I notice runs when I draw a pattern on myself that some elements turnout bigger or smaller, because now I see that the Middle Circle turned out a lot smaller than I intended it to be . But it's fine. It happens and maybe looks even better. I don't know what do you think and now we're going to go on to this one. 6. Pink and teal flower: Okay, so you see that already did apart. And they were going to do all the other parts. And so you're going to do long and sure. - Sanada , we're done Are stitching part here. You can see that. I me clear. I use a long and short stitch. What we're now going to do is we're gonna take, uh, blue to, and we are going to the two. I'm gonna fill the rest up with that. And for the two, we're gonna use two strands. Do you want to start? That's a very end. And let's say we want to go in here regards the end of the other stitch here. We're gonna go old ray around like that. So here, you just gonna go in the middle. Who? But you see that you still have space left. So you're just gonna fill that up? I'm gonna go next to here and again go into the other stitch, the very end. We're going to do that all the way around. You see here that I finished it. And now we are going to do the same thing as we did here with the brown in the middle 7. Dark orange with light blue flower: And now we're going on to the last flower. And what I want to show you is a different technique on how you can do this. First, we're gonna free the sides so we know where endpoints are. So you're gonna do that. So this side last side is here, Okay. And now we're gonna fill in. Oh, thes four birds with the dark orange. So you're just gonna go from mm fish from you're gonna go from year. So you are you just going to do that? Every old away around except a does where we have the line. So where the line is that we made Which light? Blue Greatly. Great Blue. We're gonna leave that, um you were not gonna stage over that, obviously. And then I'm going to show you the technique on how we can also make those lines a different way. Maybe an easier way for you. Maybe it's the way you prefer. Okay, here. You know, see that I filled up all the stitches. It's just with a straight stitch. Go from here to there and all the way around what we're now going to do instead of what we did here This is just another technique you can try to use. I'm gonna take the light blue grey with two strands and we're going here. You can choose what you want. Like you can go as far as you want. You can look at the pattern to see how far you want. This is just a not a way to do it. So I go in a little bit longer from the middle, further up from the middle, and then I just go older waiver on flight is higher. You start there, share go in the middle. She's just a combination of long and short stitches. Maybe it's a bit more difficult because there is no you can see the guidance for the lines , but you can also do it the way we did it here. You can see that it gives a different effect, doesn't it? It really does. Here you really see that the stitches are above on top and here you can see that they are in, if you know what I mean. If you got an understanding me and here you can really see that they're in. And here, there on top. I'm going to do this all around so, you know, almost done. And we're gonna go in the middle of the flower, as we done with all the other flowers is go from the other side from one side to the other side with the sudden stitch and we are done, you can use masking tape if he wants to go for the fact that have created here. What I did is I just had it. No peace ripped it off. She is not completely perfect. Could make its in there. You can make it bigger, but I thought it looked cute. You can also use organza if you want or something more fancy to masking tape. 8. Thank you: I really want to thank you so much for taking this class. I really, really appreciate it. And I really love it. If you can give me some constructive feedback on what I can do different or what you like to see more from me and give me feedback. And thank you so much for watching this class. It means the world to me.