The Art of Embroidery: Adding Dimension and Texture To Your Work | Amanda Neely | Skillshare

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The Art of Embroidery: Adding Dimension and Texture To Your Work

teacher avatar Amanda Neely, Hand Embroidery Artist and Maker

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Texture and Dimension

    • 3. Supplies Needed

    • 4. Stitching the Face, Hands, and Coffee Mug

    • 5. Gathering Inspiration and Reference

    • 6. Embroidering the Sweater

    • 7. Embroidering the Hat

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About This Class

Have you ever wondered how you can add a little something extra to your embroideries to really make them stand out?

This class focuses on ways you can create the illusion of more 3-dimensional work by implementing an assortment of stitches and utilizing colors the right way. This will really make your embroidery "pop"! This class is recommended for stitchers of all levels, as we'll be going over techniques anyone can benefit from. :)

Some of the stitches we'll be using are:

  • satin stitch
  • chain stitch
  • split stitch
  • back stitch
  • turkey stitch

We'll also be going over:

  • using shading/color
  • implementing stitches in a way that creates more interesting texture
  • creating a focal point for your work

**This class does not going over embroidery basics such as transferring your pattern and starting and ending stitches, but all of the stitches are explained at length!

I hope you enjoy the class!

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Amanda Neely

Hand Embroidery Artist and Maker


Amanda is a self-taught hand and chain stitch embroidery artist. She started embroidering in nursing school as a creative outlet and since then has a shop where she sells embroidery patterns, custom pet portraits, and chain stitch embroidery. You can follow her on her Instagram and her embroidery blog.

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1. Introduction: if you've ever wondered how you can add more dimension and texture to remember Teres, this class is just for you. This class will go over how you can incorporate stitches and colors to make your embroidery look more three dimensional and have more texture to it. In this class project, I'll provide you with a stencil the stitches and colors that I used to complete this embroidery. 2. Texture and Dimension: in this class, we're going to be going over a few techniques you can use to make your embroidery look more three dimensional. We'll be adding more texture and adding more debt to do this. To add more texture, we're going to be focusing on stitch direction and varying are stitches for the hat. We're going to be using stitches such as the split stitch and the turkeys ditch for the sweater. We're going to be using stitches such as the chain stitch, satin stitch and split stitch. In order to add more depth or embroidery. We're going to be working with darker shades for the background and the shadows, and we're also going to be working on drawing the attention to the sweater and hat as the focal linked. In order to do this, we're going to be using a simple back stitch toe outline, the hands, the face and the coffee mug. Uh, 3. Supplies Needed: Here's what you'll need for this class. A needle, some embroidery, scissors with sharp tips, some fabric color of your choice, a fabric market, a transfer, your pattern, a six inch embroidery hoop and some threat. These air the colors that I'm going to be easing. If you'd like to use different colors than this, I recommend using one color for the hat and three different shades of the same color for the swath. 4. Stitching the Face, Hands, and Coffee Mug: So the first ditch that we're going to be using as just a back stitch around the outline of the hands, the cup, the face, the hair. Um, if you're familiar with the stick, you can just skip ahead to the next video. But if you would like, I'll give you a demonstration of that. So here is how you can do it back stitch. So you're going to come up to the fabric. You gonna leave a little bit of space and come back down through the fabric? You're gonna leave a little bit of space again, You're gonna go back towards the last it you just made, and that's how you do it. 5. Gathering Inspiration and Reference: So I quickly wanted to go over a way that you can kind of reference things to make your burger. You look more realistic or three dimensional for this. I went with a net sweater just because I knew that there would be a lot of texture and stitches in it. And I took a look at this reference photo here, Teoh, find some inspiration as to like how I wanted to stitch the sweater in the embroidery. So, as you can see, the braid looks like it has, like, actual chain stitch and burglary stitches in it. Chain search looks kind of similar to a knit stitch. And then for the outsides here, I wanted to kind of stagger some back stitches and for the little ridges right here of stitches will do some chains to Jane and we'll do some satin stitches for the collar just to kind of fill it in right here. So that's how I kind of used a reference image. The other image I had was this one, as you can see so you can see that he stitches in between the rope, Um, looks a little bit darker, so we're gonna be using the darker thread kind of toe push that towards the background and that have the braids and the chain stitches to be the focal point of the sweater. 6. Embroidering the Sweater: So for the braid in the knitted sweater, Um, I wanted to do something that wasn't too bulky, because it's gonna be hard to stitch in such a small space. So I'm going to be using a split stitch, which is kind of in the same family as a chain stitch. So what you dio is you're going to start from the back of the fabric and you're going to take a stitch. You're gonna come up through that stitch and literally split the stitch. You're gonna go back down and repeat annuals do that for each portion of the braid and one of the ways that you can really make it really pop and look nice is making sure that you're going the direction the braid is going. So your stitches all should be going kind of curved like this. And this and this. The other thing, you can do this. The stitch can get a little bit jagged on the edges so you can take your needle and just kind of make a couple of streets stitches around the edge just to kind of flatten it out a little bit. So I've done one part of the braid and I will show you how to do the next part. You're going to start at the bottom or the top, whichever, and you're going to start going the direction of that curb of the braid. You're just going to keep doing this all the way up that braid. As you can see, the change of direction in my stitches is how you can still kind of see that braid pattern . So that is that the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna satin stitch the caller. So I'm just gonna be taken stitches, vertical stitches all the way down this collar and satin Sitges if you're not familiar with them or just basically straight stitches lined up side by side to fill in an area. So I'm just ending right at the top of that grade and taken those straight stitches. - So now, like I was talking about before, I'm gonna take the darker shade that I have, which is the 3782 and I'm gonna be making horizontal stitches right next to and in between these lines. So they're basically just gonna be like, I guess you would technically call them back stitches or satin stitches. So I'm gonna make to here, right? And then in order to stack stagger them, I'm gonna be making one rate in between the 1st 2 that I made and the number is gonna make two little ones. So these are really tiny stitches, and I'm just gonna go all the way down like that. So then the next line, I'm gonna do those two stitches like I did. So I'm just gonna alternate like that the whole way down. The other thing you can do if this is, like, too tedious or, um, whatever you can just do satin stitch is all the way down this space. And don't worry if they're not perfect like that one was a little off, But as long as you kind of keep them staggered, it'll add that extra texture. And so I'm all done with the staggered stitches. It took a really long time, but it's worth it because I like the way it turned out. But now we're going to be doing a chain stitch in the gaps of the sweater. So if you've never done one before, you're gonna go up through the fabric and you're going to basically catch that loop with your next stitch. See how I'm holding it with my thumb going back down the fabric and then coming up the fabric and catching the loop. So that's how you do the chain stitch you're gonna be doing to chain stitches per gap. If you can't fit it, that's fine. You can just do one. But the central that I drew out, you should be able to fit too. Rows of the chain stitches. So now you're Sweater is really coming together. But now it's kind of hard to differentiate between the sleeves and body of the sweater. So I am just using my 8 40 thread, and I'm doing back stitches around the outline of the sleeve and the cuffs of the sleeves just to make sure that that pops a little bit. I wouldn't recommend doing like black or anything like that, because it's gonna create too much contrast, and it's gonna kind of take away from your pretty sweater that you made. So if you are working with a different color of thread than what I've um, I'm working with, I would make sure that you have a darker shade, but it's not like Super a super dark. In contrast with the rest of the sweater 7. Embroidering the Hat: All right. So for the hat, I'm just going to be doing a split stitch for the cuff of the hat and for the body of the hat. And then I'll be showing you the turkey sits for the actual ball of the hat. Um, but I just wanted to quickly show you how I like Teoh lay out the stitches on this. So I'm going to be doing vertical stitches on the cuff of the hat. And then I like to make four little wines before I fill in the rest of stitches for the top portion of the hat, and they're all gonna meet at the top. So it actually looks like it's like a knitted hat. So that's how I lined everything up. I won't go back over the split stick because we've already done it, but I just wanted to show you that. All right, so I'm done with the body of the hat, and now we're just going to go over this little top part here, and I'm gonna be using a turkey stitch. This is by far my favorite kind of stitch. Um, because it will literally look like a little pom pom on her hat. It's gonna be so cute. So you're going to be starting. I find it easiest to start at the very top for this stitch. So you're actually gonna be starting from the front of your fabric, which is kind of unusual, and you're gonna pull through. I like to leave. A generous amount was kind of hold onto with my thumb and you're going to take a stitch right beside and right over top of where you came up through the fabric. And then you're gonna come back up through where you first came through the fabric. You know what will happen, and that's gonna anchor that stitch in place. Then you're gonna go back down and you can leave like, a little bit of room when you go back down and you're gonna do it again, going to go right beside that steps you took to secure it and then go back down and then come back up through the whole there and this is going to hold those stitches in place. So then you're just gonna have to trim your thread on each row so that you can come back up through the front of the fabric and you don't have Teoh go right underneath. You can leave a little bit of a gap. And again, you just keep your your string up with your some here and you just keep creating rose range . All right, So I'm all done. Um, this is by far the most satisfying part. If it'll you're going to basically cut all the loops and then you'll trim it. Teoh, the height that you want the pile to be could be a little bit messy, but it's gonna be really cute once it's done. Trim mind pretty short. So the very last thing I'm gonna do to add a little finishing touch is Teoh. Make some satin stitches on this hearing she has right here, and that will be it. You can do whatever color you like, but I think it's kind of cute to have, like a matching hat and hearing more of a change tomorrow. There's nothing going on with radar. However, the sunlight was pretty interesting. It is the finished product. I am so so don't how it turned out. I hope you guys enjoyed this class and you wanted something. I would love it if you posted your finished product in the projects and let me know what you thought about this class. Thank you so much.