Beginner Modern Hand Embroidery: Learn to Make a Floral Hoop | Hilary Leslie | Skillshare

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Beginner Modern Hand Embroidery: Learn to Make a Floral Hoop

teacher avatar Hilary Leslie, Embroidery Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.



    • 3.

      Prepping Your Hoop


    • 4.

      Transferring Your Design


    • 5.

      Threading Your Needle and Tying a Knot


    • 6.

      French Knots


    • 7.

      Fastening Your Floss


    • 8.

      Woven Wheel Stitch with Center


    • 9.

      Fishbone Stitch


    • 10.

      Straight Stitches


    • 11.

      Satin Stitch


    • 12.



    • 13.

      Lazy Daisy Stitch


    • 14.

      Woven Wheel Stitch Without Center


    • 15.

      Finishing Your Hoop


    • 16.

      Pat Yourself on the Back!


    • 17.

      Displaying Your Hoop


    • 18.

      Thank You!


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About This Class

Welcome to my embroidery class!

In today's lesson, you will be learning 7 basic embroidery stitches to make one of my designs, "Spring Bouquet." I made this design in two different color palettes, so you can choose which one you like best. You can of course pick your own colors as well!

This class will also cover:
*How to transfer your pattern
*How to start and finish your hoop
*Easy way to tie knots
*How to fasten your floss
*Ways to display your finished hoop

With this class, you'll receive:
*My "Spring Bouquet" pattern in 3 sizes 
*A photo stitch guide

Today's stitches will help you set off on your embroidery journey! You can use them to create your own designs or you will see them reappear in other patterns you may purchase.

Let's start stitching!

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Hilary Leslie

Embroidery Artist



My name is Hilary and I'm an illustrator and embroidery artist. I love designing motifs and patterns for print-on-demand shops as well as turning them into embroidery patterns for my company, HLeslie Design. I am constantly inspired by nature, so much of my work incorporates animals and botanicals. 

For more of my work visit my website!

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Level: Beginner

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1. Welcome!: Hello everyone and welcome to my sculpture class. My name is Hillary and I'm an illustrator and hand embroider artists. And in today's class we are going to be learning how to create a spring bouquet embroidery hoop. Both of these hoops have seven different basic stitch types that I think are great for beginners. And you can use them in your own designs or you'll see them in a number of other artists, embroidery patterns. We're going to be going through how to prepare your hoop, how to do each of these stitches, how to finish, oop. And we'll go over how to display them as well. You'll see that there are two different color palettes for this particular design that I've created. So in the resources below, you'll see the color codes for the flops. But if you'd like to choose your own colors, that's awesome too. So let's get started. 2. Supplies: You'll need some cloth. I-i like to use cotton, a bamboo embroidery hoop. They also make them in plastic and erasable pen or another means of transferring your design. An embroidery needle. This particular one is DMC size five. Some scissors ANY type will do. Andrew embroidery floss. You can see at the bottom of your label is where the color code is. This is so you'll know exactly which color you're using. 3. Prepping Your Hoop: To prepare your hope, you're going to need to separate the outer hoop from the inner hoof. Your class is going to be stretched over your inner hoof. So you'll want to make sure that your cloth is centered before putting on your outer hoop. Once you've locked your outer hoop in place, tighten the screw at the top to make sure that your class is taught. To make sure your cloth is extra touch, an easier they've stitch. You can pull the cloth alongside the frame. Once you've centered your cloth with your hoop, I like to take off the corners and some of the excess cloth. I do this because sometimes they're needle can get caught with these extra bits, especially when you're pulling down through. So just something to consider as you're starting out. I don't come very close to the hoop and time entirely finished with the pattern and I'll show you that later. But this just makes kind of a cleaner start to your project. 4. Transferring Your Design: There are a number of ways to transfer your design onto your cloth. I'm gonna show you a method that I've found is the easiest for me. I'm using a digital format of the pattern that I've created. And I'm placing my hoop over the five inch pattern. So once I've centered it, I'm going to start tracing the pattern onto the cloth with my erasable pen. It's really important not to bear down very hard with the pen, not only for your cloth, but also to protect your screen. You can also use this method if you have an iPad, I tow it. So this is I'm using my computer. My laptop screen bends all the way back. I'm still just want to trace all of the lines. It doesn't have to be perfect because the embroidery floss is going to be covering these lines. And with this particular pen, erasable pen, it will disappear within about 24 hours, but sometimes longer. Again, if you bear down harder. After you've transferred your entire pattern, it's time to take the outer hoop off again. So we're going to flip the fabric over the inner hoop so that the outside is the design centered. You can before placing the outer hoop back on. Once it looks centered, you can kind of play with the outer edges. Keep pulling to make sure it's centered and as taught as possible. And at the same time you're going to want to tighten your screw to make sure that your cloth is in that exact position. So this might take a few tries. It takes me a few tries every single time I do a project. So just kind of keep playing around with it. Sometimes you'll see the lines of the pattern. We'll go a little wonky. So that's something to keep in mind. But just keep playing with it. Pauling, tightening, centering. And it takes a lot of practice, but this is normal. You can also tap your fabric just to make sure there aren't any loose segments. 5. Threading Your Needle and Tying a Knot: Before we can begin any stitches we're going to need to thread the needle. Standard embroidery floss is made up of six individual strands, as you can see. And we want all six of those strands to go through the eye of the needle. The simplest way to create a nod at the bottom of your strand of Floss is to simply wrap it around your index finger, pinch and then roll the floss towards you. This will naturally form a naught. 6. French Knots: The first stitch i'm going to teach you today is the French naught, as you can see, is in the center of the flower. So since we've made are not in our floss at the bottom, we're going to poke up through the backside of our fabric and told the knots stops us. So pulled the floss all the way through. Now we're going to wrap the floss around our needle twice. And then back down through the fabric slightly next to where you came up. I like to pinch it just to make sure it is definitely going through the right spot. For the next one. Poke a little bit farther out from where you started. Again, pull all the way through till it stops, wrap the floss around your DTL twice. And then back down very close to where you started. Keep going like this for the full circle. You can kind of separate them in rows if that's easier for you. Or you can do the whole perimeter of the circle and then start filling in the center. I kind of go in rows. I find that that's easier for me. And the very edges of the circle don't worry if it's not perfectly circular because we're going to create some petals using a different color and they're kinda kind of hide some of the french naughts on the very edge. Mm-hm. Yes. 7. Fastening Your Floss: When you don't have enough floss to keep going with your stitches on the outer side of your hoop. Flip it over and fascinate to the back. So the first way I'm showing you is just to weave it through your previous stitches. This creates a flatter look. And you can do this a couple of times in a few different directions before cutting your floss. But for the sake of this video, I'll show you another method on top of that, which is to create a not. So I just do a basic knot and pull it as close to the fabric as possible before sniffing it. Thank you. 8. Woven Wheel Stitch with Center: To create a woven we'll stitch, we're going to need to use 12 strands of Floss. This means that when you thread your needle, pull it all the way through so that both ends match up at the bottom that we're going to tie a knot as we did before. So wrap it around your index finger, roll and then pull through and it will create a not. Now that we have our French naught center, we're going to be using the woven, we'll stitch should create the petals. So first you're going to use all 12 strands and just make basic straight stitches along the lines. These are your starter stitches for the woven wheel. For any woven we'll stitch, you're gonna wanna use an odd number of starter stitches. I think using five is the easiest. That's just my go-to. So this is what we'll be using today. Now you're gonna poke up through the back of your fabric in the middle of two of the starter stitches. And you can either go over or under first, it doesn't really matter. I'm going under one of the starter stitches in this video. I kinda got it caught on a little bit of the cloth there. But don't worry. So go under one spoke and then over the next spoke. So you're gonna go under over for this entire stitch. So we go under the stitch. And then over, the next step is you're gonna keep alternating as you go around and around. And as you'll see, the 12th strands really make this flower come to life. And it adds a 3D effect that makes the flower local, really fluffy and bold. And it's just a really fun stitch to do. You can either do it with something in the center as we're doing now and later on, I'm gonna show you the woven we'll again without any Center at all. Okay. You'll probably have to read thread your needle multiple times throughout this stitch because it uses up so much floss. So just make sure that you keep track of where you left off from the last stitch. Get more floss, and then start where you ended. So keep going in the same pattern, over, under, over, under. And keep creating more layers for your flower. Once you can't pull your needles through any of the starter stitches anymore, you can kind of hide those by creating extra loops along the edge of the flower. So just simply pull up through the back and then down wherever you think is appropriate. 9. Fishbone Stitch : To create a leaf, we're going to be using the fishbone stitch. So once you've threaten your six strands of Floss, pull all the way up until the knots stops you. Then you're gonna go down along the center line about half an inch or so and pull all the way through. You're then gonna poke just next to where you did before, but a little bit lower. So poke up, pull all the way through. And then you're gonna go back down along the center line, just a little bit farther out from where you pulled it down before. Now you're going to alternate sides. Poke up through the back, just a little bit lower than the first stitch. Paul all the way through. Then you're gonna go back down along this center line, just a little bit farther out from where you poached down before. We're going to continue doing this alternating sides while following the outside line, the lease and the inside middle line. To create your lease? The slope is one. He didn't say. Yes. In that case. Even if. 10. Straight Stitches : This is probably the easiest stitch that you'll do in this entire pattern is just a basic straight stitch using six strands of Floss. You're gonna go up through one end of the stem, following the pattern. And then go back down at the end or the edge of the stem. And you can do multiple stems in one go instead of tying off your floss every time. So up one end, and then go back down. The other end. Go back up and then pull all the way to the bottom. Here's the French naught again, but this time for little buttons outside of your big flower. So again, poke up from the back and tell your NOT stops, you, wrap it around your needle twice and then go back down very close to where you came. 11. Satin Stitch: To create a satin stitch, you're gonna wanna use six strands of Floss again. So for our pedal, we're going to start at the tip of one of them and then go back down to where the center of the flower should be. For your next stitch, it's really important to make it as close to the first stitch as possible, but not going up through the same hole. So pull up through the back and then down at the middle of your flour. And you're gonna continue to do this along the outer edges of the pedal until you've done one side of the pedal. And then we're going to alternate to the other side of the pedal. For these petals. In this flower, you can start at one edge and go all the way to the other. But I've found with multiple patterns and experienced that starting in the middle of the pedal is much easier and doing 1.5 before doing the other half. I don't know why this works, but it's just easier for me, you can kind of experiment. But today I think that this is the best technique. So keep following the outer edges of your pedal as close to the previous, Such as possible. And then back down through the middle. Once you've created your first layer of satin stitch petals, we're gonna do the Outer Pedals using the same technique. So start in the center on the outer edge and pull up through the back and then down to where the tip of the previous petals are. So instead of going all the way to the middle of the flower, we're just going to be going to the edge of the previous petals. And like last time, we're just going to want to follow the outer edge of the pedal and go all the way on one side before starting the other side. Ok. To create some Added Texture, we're gonna be using the straight stitch again, but this time through our previous stitches in our blue flower. So come up about the center of one of the petals through the back. And then go back down to where the circle is naturally formed in the center. And this just kind of gives it some more color, some more texture. This is totally optional. You don't have to do this, but I thought that this flower looked good with another pop of color. So go up through the back and the center of your pedal. And then down where the natural circle has formed in the center of the flower. And you can alternate these stitches so some can be long, sum can be short. It's really up to you. You can make them all the same. But you just keep adding these. This is also a six strands. If you make it with 12, it, it might be a little thick because there are so many stitches already here from our satin stitch. But just do what you want. But I think that the six strands are perfect. Once you finish the straight stitches for the Added Texture, we're gonna be making loops in the center of the flower. So come up through the middle and poke down a little bit next to it. But don't pull through all the way. This is going to create a little loop. And once you have a whole bunch of these in the center, it's going to add a really fluffy texture that looks really cool through the back, down close next to it. But don't pull all the way through. And do this as you see fit. So if you want to add just three, you can do that. If you want to add as many as possible, it's gonna look that much fluffier. So just keep doing this until you're satisfied with how the center of the flower lux. 12. Loops: For these next flowers, we're gonna be using only loops. So like we did with the center of the satin stitch flower, we're going to be using the same technique to create a really fluffy look. In this video, I'm using 12 strands just to give it that extra fluffiness. You can do this with six strands, but it will take longer. So w're floss like we prepped our needle for the woven we'll stitch that will give you your 12th strands of Floss. Nb creating loops all the way down this pedal. These kind of looked like lilacs to me. You can also switch up colors if you want. But in this video we're going to be using all one color for one of the flowers and then another color for the other. So as you can see, you don't want to pull your floss all the way through. You're going to create the loop by not pulling all the way through. Okay? Okay. Okay. 13. Lazy Daisy Stitch: To create a lazy Daisy stitch, you're going to poke out through the back of your fabric with six strands of floss. And then down either through the same hole or very close to your first. Don't pull all the way through. So keep the loop. Then poke up through the back of your fabric again so that this loop can go around it. Once you've put it through the hole, pull it all the way through until it's taught. And then you're going to secure the stitch by going down right next to your loop. So I'll show this again. You're going to go up through the back of your fabric, pull all the way through, down just next to it or through the same hole. Don't Paul all the way through because you want to create a loop. Then poke up through the back of your fabric to the edge of the pedal so that the loop will create the petal thing you're gonna go, you're gonna poke down through to secure that stitch in place. To poke up through the back, down just next to it. Create your loop. And then poke up at the very edge of your pedal. Pull it taught and then secure it in place with one more stitch going down. You can make lazy Daisy stitches in any size that you want. So this is a very, very small one that they also look really cool when they're elongated. You can make that for a different type of leaf or to add some different textures to your botanical embroidery. 14. Woven Wheel Stitch Without Center: This is a woven we'll stitch without anything in the center. So like we did before, you're going to want to make your starter stitches by following the lines of your pattern. But this time since there is no centre, pull it down right where all of the lines come together and do this for each starter stitch. Now that you've made all your starter stitches, we're gonna be going up through the fabric again in-between two of your starter stitches and either go over or under this stitch. Once you've done that, you're going to keep alternating as you go around in a circle like we did before. So over one, under the other, over one under the other. And for these first few stitches, since there is no center, you'll want to make sure that the stitches are pretty tight together so that you don't see the markings from your pan and that it makes a really tight, clean Center. Okay. Yes. Yes. 15. Finishing Your Hoop: To finish your hoof, we're gonna be using a basic running stitch with six strands of Floss. So make sure the knot is facing towards the inside of your hoop. And then hold your fabric flash so that you can go in and out, weaving your floss through. So we're gonna be doing this in a circle. So just go in and out, in and out. And I like to pull the floss all the way through after doing a few stitches out of time. So keep doing this. And then keep moving your hoop around until we reach the end. I like to put a circular piece of felt in the back of my hoop just so that if I'm giving it away as a gift, people aren't going to see all the stitches in the back. Some people like to put another piece of fabric over there, running stitch once they've done that. But I kind of like the texture it gives. So I just put the felts underneath the cloth. So keep going with your a running stitch. Once you get to the end and you don't have any room to make more running stitches. Pull your needle through the fabric towards the center and then take your needle off of the floss. Now we're going to create just a very basic not and try to get it as close to your fabric as possible so that it keeps that tension from your running stitch. And I like to double or even triple naught this last stitch just because the one stitch or the one not holding everything together. So I'm going to do that a couple of times before getting your scissors. And then snippet as close to the not as possible and take out the excess thread. And you're done. 17. Displaying Your Hoop: One way you can display your hoop is to simply hanging up on the wall. In this video, I've used swayed courting that I found at Joanne's fabrics, but you can also use twine or thick string or whatever you may have around the house. Another way you can display your hoop is to simply lean it against something like a plant or a bookshelf. You can also get fancy and use an ornament holder. This particular one was my grandmothers, and it actually works better for smaller hoops. And I'll show you that. So if I made the courting shorter, this would be better for displaying. But with a three inch tube like this one, it balances out the space really well. In this demonstration, I'm using a wooden phone stand that somebody gifted me. It's been perfect for my hoops instead of my phone to take pictures and display them with. So if you have any sort of phone stand that has a back support and a front notch. You can use these for your hoops. 18. Thank You!: I want to thank you for joining my class today. I hope you had a lot of fun learning these basic embroidery skills to make your own botanical. And I hope that this inspires you to design some of your own patterns and continue in your embroidery journey. If you have a photo of your completed pattern, I would love to see it in the class projects section. And I hope this class was fun and informative for you and I hope to see you next time. Okay.