How to Create Depth and Shading in Your Embroidery Piece | Floor Giebels | Skillshare

How to Create Depth and Shading in Your Embroidery Piece

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

How to Create Depth and Shading in Your Embroidery Piece

Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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3 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tracing

    • 3. Embroidering

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About This Class

There are many different techniques that can be effectively used to improve your embroidery pieces. On Instagram, you can find many examples of artists adding depth and shading to their pieces - this might look complicated but I will show you how easy it is!

In this class firstly we will learn how to trace your image for creating depth and shading, and you can then stitch along with me to see the process from beginning to end. Take a look at the project description and resources for a list of the materials we will be using in this class. 

I will go over:

  • Materials you will need
  • How to select and trace your image
  • Getting the image onto the fabric
  • Selection and placement of the stitches

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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 : how many Miss Florida. I'm nobody artist from the Netherlands. I start with embroidery in 2016 and basically never stopped. I never went a week without embroidery. I discovered it on Instagram, and it looks very, very difficult. But the more I zoomed in and the more I looked at tutorials, which were very few. But when? In 2016 I couldn't find any tutorials. A couple of them I found online and YouTube, not as it is today, with all of those online classes online like this one. I started with basic shapes, but after a while I saw people instagram making shadings and lines of clothing, fulls and hair and that kind of thing, and I really wanted to try it myself. And at this point, I'm making bordering pieces rake and see the hair and the shadings and all these kind of other things. And in this letter, plus, I want to show you how to make that. I'm gonna show you how you can turn a T shirt and add depth of field to it with different kind of threat colors. It's basically going to be a white T shirt, but we're going to make it which fold, so it has more shading to it. 2. Tracing: we're gonna start with tracing our image. I have the image on my computer and what I use is tracing paper is this. It's very easy to use and you can buy it anywhere. And it's not really expensive, but I use it all the time for my projects. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put this on my computer to trace the image. If you're not comfortable that I can imagine. You're like, OK, I don't want to put my tracing paper on my computer and Tracy, because I'm scared I'm gonna room my computer, which are not going to do. But if you think you are going to do that, then print out image and trace it over like that's but I'm going to trace it over my computer and gonna. But to Brighton is very high, so I can trace it over. This is the image we're gonna work with. We're not going to use the whole image. We're just gonna use the shirt. I skilled the image, and now I'm gonna use my tracing paper for the beginning of the tracing. You're gonna use a normal pencil. I'm now gonna line up all the folds. We're just gonna make a rough sketch of the lines and later on, re gonna and handset with a fine liner. You see the end results renowned in its acre fine liner and enhance aligns with the image next to us. I place tracing paper on a white papers so you can see it better. And for me to have underground never going to put a bit more dates all in with the Bensel. I will put image next to the video so you can see how I make the shading a bit more detailed. - The next step is to use a fine liner. This could be any basic fine liner you want and you just go over the lines. She created Richard Pencil. - Now you're dung for creating our image, and we can now. But the image on our fabric you will need an embroidery hoop this when I have a 6.5 centimeter butter images small seek and also use a smaller one. This one I just had laying around and it was the 1st 1 I saw for the fabric. I use Muslim cotton In my class description. You can find a link for some really pretty gotten from Trish burst upside. It is a cotton that I highly recommend. Make sure you cut off all the access fabric so it doesn't get into way while you are doing embroidery. I'm going to repeat the process we did before. So I'm going to put the tracing paper on my laptop and trace over it with my pen. I can understand that you don't feel constable using a fine liner like me. And in that case, I have links to friction pens. In my class description, you can use a blow dry after you don't want your embroidery, and the pain will disappear from the heat. The next step is going to be this stitching. 3. Embroidering: I'm starting with the darkest color at the beginning of the lines that I created from now von Tobel speed up. Its I would every color I use, You can still see the pros says. And if you want to see it's slower than simply, just adjust the speed of the video. Now we're starting with the lighter gray color. You're just gonna finish the lines completely. What's agree? There were going to use all the whites for filling in all the outer parts, and you will sit it gone dress and how we create folds and depth in your work. Thank you so much for watching my class. I hope you got some helpful tips on how to great depths unfolds in your embroidery pieces.