Hand Embroidery: Thread Painting with Brush Effect | Floor Giebels | Skillshare

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Hand Embroidery: Thread Painting with Brush Effect

teacher avatar Floor Giebels, Embroidery Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Needlepainting embroidery intro


    • 2.

      First Letter


    • 3.

      Letters HE


    • 4.

      All about that L


    • 5.

      Second L


    • 6.

      Last part


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About This Class

Are you interested in embroidery and needlepainting, but are not sure where to start with blending colors? If so, this is the class for you - in each of these videos, I explain the techniques and tools I use personally use, and take you through the process step-by-step with a real-time example of one of my designs. 

This is an introductory course, covering the basic techniques I’ve learned in my personal embroidery journey. Each video builds on the last and guides you in a stitch-a-long which is suitable for any level of expertise.

No experience with the basics of embroidery is required, and in fact, I encourage complete beginners to try   - one of the great strengths of embroidery is that if you make a mistake, the thread can always be removed and lessons learned!

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Floor Giebels

Embroidery Artist

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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. Needlepainting embroidery intro: Hi. My name is Floor, and in this class, you will create a watercolor brush effect with embroidery. This video is perfect if you want to do a stitch along. In the notes, you can find that the DMC colors and I will attach to image for you to stitch in the Project section. I really think you can make this without any experience in hand embroidery. The great thing about embroidery is that you can always correct mistakes. I actually did not edit any mistakes that I made myself so that you can learn from my mistakes and see how easy it is to correct them yourself. 2. First Letter: I already traced my image. You can look at my other video to see how to do that. You will be able to see in the notes what kind of DMC I'm using. Because this is a very long class, I will not talk you through the entire video because it will just be the same steps that I will just repeat. Only this video, I will talk you through the entire steps and then you can just stitch along. We're going to start with the bright orange. You are going one centimeter down and then come up, leave the strand hanging. Don't make a knots, don't think about the back of the piece, it will sort it itself out. Now you're going to make a row of stitches and don't worry about them being too perfect next to each other or the same length. Because after you've done the rows, you don't really see that anymore. That doesn't really matter. About one centimeter and then you go up and you fill that up so that you don't see any space between. That's a whole top is covered. Now it's covered. I'm going to go one centimeter down again, about more or less. You're going to just wiggle that in the other threads. Doesn't have to be perfect in another thread and it just needs to be a little bit in the fibers. You just go straight up somewhere in the other threads. With this row you're also going to have all the stitches next to each other. Here I'm making this one a bit longer. You're just going to have a second row. You're just repeating the same steps. You're just going up and put it in another thread. I really love this color, so I'm making this be a little bit longer. What are you doing now is that you're making stitches that are not going to be really close together so that you're going to have a really nice blending in. I'm just going to put one in the middle, put one a little bit more down so that the blending will go evenly. If you don't like it, then you can always go over it or take it out, doesn't really matter. Now we're going to take the lighter orange. Now we're going to go pretty far down. I actually made a mistake here and I will show you how we're going to fix it. You're just going to fill in those gaps. You're going to fill in those gaps and go all the way up and wiggle it in there somewhere that you're going to wiggle in the other in the same color. You call this a split stitch. We're just doing a split stitch the entire time. See it's already starting to nicely blend. You go a little bit more down. You also like really layering it. You go in the orange. You making rose next to each other again. Basically, they are going into the other thread and it doesn't really matter where you start, like where I place my needle now. You can go so far more down if you would like. Now is a little bit the tricky part because you see that there's a curve coming. Well, there was already a bit of a curve. But then on the side, you just put your needle because now we're just filling it up. You're going to place that and when you come up, you're going to put it there and others trend just spoke it in, but the other fibers. Then it looks like one long line. I realized something. I made a mistake because there is one color in between that I forgot because I said the lighter orange and actually this is already the yellow. I thought to myself, "Okay maybe I should edit this out." But I was too lazy to, I hate unpicking. You can unpick with an unpicker and I hide it. Look what I'm doing. I'm getting the lighter orange and just poking it in between and just blend it in. This is not how we're going to do all the letters, but this is what you can do if you make a mistake, if you're like, "Oh, no, I forgot, I did the wrong color." Or when you're done and you want to have more colors in it or I don't know, you can just go over it. See, this is way nicer. It blends nicely together. In and up. I also thought it was nice to show you these two colors together because it's contrasting, so you can see better where to place the needle. No that's not true. I didn't do it on purpose, I really did it as an accident. We're almost done with the other color. I also didn't make this up front, so I'm really making this as I go along now. I don't know if you call that back planning or just fun and impulsive. What you're going to do and now it's already nice and blend. You can tell how much better that looks. Now we fix that, we're going to go with a bright yellow. It's really nice, I love this color, it's like super bright yellow. I'm going to go throughout the whole video, put notes in when you have to change colors because it's very difficult to see, which is also the point. You're just making the rows. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can always go back or serous still. It's a bright yellow. We'll just continue what we did. Watch out with the curve, don't go too far with the curve because you want to be able for the thread make the curve. This is as far as you can go, I think. Now we're going to go ahead and use the lighter yellow. You are going to go pretty far. We go a little bit on the side, it's nice and blended. You can see that it's just all the time we are going to the other threads. This is quite a tricky one because it has a really big curve. What I suggest is the best thing to do is just first do the outlines of the letter, so that you can later then worry about how to fill it up. This is easy part, so first get rid of the difficult part. Now you're going to go in between and just fill it up. You can hardly see it because it is like the other shade. But what we're now going to do, it's really light green, it's very subtle. We just going to put that in, it's going to be very subtle. After this one, now I also see that I made one mistake, but I was doing this and then I saw that it would be nice to also add a darker mustardy yellowish. This one is almost done. I mean, that's pretty. I'm going to go ahead and get the mustardy yellow and put it in between. Just a little bit. This is so fun because you get endlessly just add things that you like. It's also goes through all different colors. Completely different, and you get that watercolor effects, without having the scary part of, oh my God, I made a mistake because that watercolor paper is expensive. Now we're also going to do dark line there, from the edge. Now what I also was thinking that it would be fun to have a really dark red with it, so we're just going to add. We are just repeating the same step. Although you can't really see that once we go further in the video that I become a little bit more. Yeah, sorry, I made a mistake. You can go into the same hole. Oh, my fingernails are really dirty from working in a garden. Because I find this looks so nice on this side, why not do it on the other side also a bit? So really light. It's also fun if it's not really exactly the same as the other side. Yeah. You just go around a bit, so that it has a good dark edge. You can always stop the video if you're like, okay, going too fast. Here I am just making a line next to the letters so it's a bit like a darker edge. Further looks pretty. We're just going to do a really tiny bit. But see that it looks nicer. Yeah finishing. You can see there. I felt that was not completely round. We're going to go ahead and get the orange, and we're just going to repeat the same steps. I also want to mention that after this one, I think the videos are much sharper. I figured it out how to do that a bit better after this video. So I'm sorry for that. We are going to go ahead with the more lighter orange. You see now that it's not completely the same as the other line, because it's nicer to have a little bit of a shifting. Now I'm placing this thing a bit lower, not too much. We're almost at the end of Part 1. You can always ask me anything whenever, I will always respond. Also, I'm not going to talk through all the other videos, only the one in the end or when I have something to say, but I will put a note in if it is. Just stitch along and I hope you're going to have fun. If you have questions, always ask me. 3. Letters HE: We're still busy with letter H, and in this video, I'm also going to show you the letter E. We're basically finishing the letter H and then going back to the letter E. This video, you will finish the H and E. Good luck. 4. All about that L: Okay. In this video, we're going to finish the l. It's quite tricky, this l, so it's going to be a video all about the l. 5. Second L: Now we're almost done, we're going to now finish to knot our l and a little piece of the o, and that's it. We are almost done. 6. Last part: We're now on our final part, and that is the o, and then we're done. It wasn't that long. I really think that a lot of people think that embroider is like hours and hours. I mean, yeah, it is more or less an hour hours but not as long as I think that people think. Yeah, almost there. Here we are, we're done. I thought it will give you a look from above how I'm filming it. I have this stand that is amazing, you can just buy it anywhere online. I think this one was from Amazon, it's just embroidery set. Yes, hear we have the final product in our hands. My nails are so dirty for working in the garden. But I really hope you like the video and I really want to thank you for taking this class. That means a lot to me. I really enjoy it when other people feel confident in doing embroidery and yeah. Thank you very much. I hope you had a really nice time listening to me. Please give me feedback or anything.