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Modern Embroidery: How to Hand Stitch a Love Fern in 10 Days

teacher avatar Kathleen Lyons, Artist & Digital Marketer in Nash

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome & Introduction


    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Supply Recommendations


    • 4.

      Hoop Set-Up


    • 5.

      Stabilizer Application


    • 6.

      Learn the Stitches


    • 7.

      Stitch the Leaves


    • 8.

      Assemble the Plant


    • 9.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Do you love hand making gifts? Or maybe you’re a plant lover with a black thumb? Have you wanted to try embroidery but didn’t know where to start? If any of this sounds familiar, then this class is for you! Let’s start stitching together to create fun and easy gifts for the loves in your life. 

Whether you’re new to embroidery or it’s been a long-time love, this class is a fun way to create something cute and fresh for you or a friend. 

You’ll follow me as I show you step-by-step how to create an embroidered house plant from supplies to suggested stitches and patterns for you to use or for more advanced stitches, blank templates for you to make your own design!

What’s in the class?

  • Recommended supply list with links
  • Resources for basic stitches with diagrams and examples
  • Practice pattern for learning the basic stitches
  • Overview of hoop set-up
  • A quick example of stabilizer application
  • Step-by-step embroidery lessons with stitch variations

The lessons are designed for all levels but with beginner-to-intermediate stitchers in mind; if you have embroidery experience you’ll be able to easily skip ahead to the project lessons, create your own pattern, or simply go freehand!

So what are we waiting for? Let’s start stitching!

Want to connect? You can also find me (Kathleen) here: 

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Kathleen Lyons

Artist & Digital Marketer in Nash


I'm Kathleen Lyons, a Nashville-based artist working by day as a digital marketer and pursuing my creative career on nights and weekends. Every spare moment I have I spend it doing something creative; design, DIY projects, embroidery, and the list goes on.

As a kid, I was always drawing. I skipped taking calculus to take extra art courses in high school and graduated from college with a BA in Art with an emphasis on visual communications.

I started my career as a graphic designer working for an agency outside of Chicago. From there I made my way to Columbus, OH to work as a site builder for a Fortune 500 company. During my tenure there I also worked in positions that included A/B testing, analytics, and brand digital marketing.

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1. Welcome & Introduction: Dan making gifts. Maybe your plant lover with a black thumb like mine. Have you wanted to try embroidery, but didn't know where to start? If any of this sounds familiar, then this class is for you. Hi, I'm Kathleen Lyons. I'm an artist and digital marketer based in Nationale, Tennessee. I graduated from Aubin University with a BA in art, and I started my career as a graphic designer in 2009 outside of Chicago. Today, I spend my 95 as a digital marketer, and I spend all of my nights and weekends pursuing my creative career. I sell my work on print on demand sites such as Society six, red bubble, spoon flower, as well as my own Etsy shop. I primarily focus on hand lettering, illustration and surface design, and all of these skills have just seamlessly transferred into my embroidery practice. My dirty into embroidery actually started when I was pregnant with my second child, our daughter Ella. We had a ton of gender neutral clothes from my son, but I wanted to find a way to make them uniquely hers. It turned out to be super easy and so satisfying to take something super gray and turn it into something sweet and girly. The inspiration from this class actually came from a friend of mine as she had recently moved and I brought her a house plant as a gift as acoman gift, which is ironic because I have two black thumbs, and I have yet to be able to keep a plant alive. But she kept calling it a love fn. She's like, Oh, your love for is still alive, which was a great throw back to the movie, how to lose a guy in ten days. So classing how to stitch a plant in ten days, and we're going to create this three D embroidered plant. Whether you're new to or embroidery or it's been a long time love. This class is a bond way. I create something cute and fresh for you or a friend. You'll follow me as I show you step by step how to create a three D embroidered house plant from supplies to suggested stitches and patterns for you to use or for more advanced stitchers blank templates for you to create your own design. The lessons are designed for all levels with beginners and intermediate stitches in mind. If you're more experienced, you'll be able to jump ahead to the project lessons or even just start free handing and creating your own designs. Okay. So what are we waiting for? Let's get stitching. I'll see you on the next lesson. 2. Class Project: Class project time for this class, it's going to be super easy. You project is going to be to embroider your house plant, your three D plant with either the provided pattern or feel free, design your own, go free hand and then share an image of the finished piece with the class. For this class, you're going to need several materials, including piece of fabric or a printer, if you're going to be using the peel and stick stabilizer, but again, if you prefer to go free hand, grab a heat erasable marker, I go to town. You'll need an embroideery hoop, scissors, embroidery needles and flaws, as well as craft wire, a three H pat and plant foam. There are suggestions for each of these provided in your project resources. Talking project steps will simply use a pattern from the project resources or create your own. Apply the pattern to your piece of fabric or felt and burn the piece of your unique selection of colors and stitches. This is where you can get really creative and funky. Cut and arrange your foam to fit your pot. If you're using what's given in the resources, no cutting required. You just drop it right in. Lastly, we'll insert the leaves into the foam and then just arrange and spruce up the plant to your liking. Finally, be sure to share your work by uploading an image to the project section. Feel free to include any behind the shots, if you'd like to share those as well, or if you're gifting it, be wonderful to see it with your friend. If you have any questions or more tips, please feel free to reach out. I'm happy to help and can't wait to see where all these fun funky plants end up. I'll see you in the next lesson. Okay. 3. Supply Recommendations: This lesson, we're going to be talking through supply recommendations. Recommendations with links are available in your project resources. But remember, this is ultimately your creation, mix and match and find things that work for you. I'll do a quick walk through of each of the pieces that I'll be using during this class. Number one, as a piece of felt. Super easy. They're cheap. They come in lots of different colors. You go to the craft store, they have all different textures. There's different weights. You can also just use fabric. Choose what works best for you. Then I'll be using my favorite peel and stick stabilizer. This is again, linked in your project resources to print the pattern provided. I will have some with guidelines and then also some of that are blank for those of you who want to do your own design. Then again, if you want to go free hand, I'll link these as well. These are my favorite little erasable pens. Feel free to make this yours and use the method that works best for you. For this class, you also need an embroidery hoop. I recommend using something a little bit bigger and that way you can do when you put your fabric, you can do more leaves at once versus having a very small. You could do it with a three inch as well, but I would recommend the larger hoop for this one. You'll also need scissors. Any scissors will do, I have these link. These are my favorite little embrodery scissors. I take them with me everywhere. Then you'll also need embroideery needles. Pick the one that is right for you. DMC has lots of them when you go to the store to get your floss, if you're using floss or yarn, be sure to pick the needles that work for the fabric and thread that you've chosen to use for the project. One of the most important pieces will be your wire. This is what's going to give our plant its shape and be able to manipulate that. But we want to make sure that it's appropriate to the fabric that we're using. Mine is a little bit thicker. I have this linked in the project resources because it's going to be holding up felt. If you're doing a lightweight fabric, a smaller wire may be okay. Just make sure as you're getting those, it's going to support the fabric and thread that you've chosen. Lastly, to assemble our plant, we will need plant foam. There's three inch plant foam and then I have a three inch pot linked. This will keep it nice and small. I'll just have to push it right on in. We'll have to cut this one and it's the perfect size. Your desk. But again, feel free to make adjustments. This is ultimately your creation. Happy shopping. I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Hoop Set-Up: In this lesson, we'll be talking about hoop setup. We'll be setting up our hoop for the project. Again, I highly recommend using a larger hoop for this particular project, so you can do multiple leaves at one time. It definitely helps expedite the process. Let's jump in, so I can show you a quick demo of setting up the fabric in the hoop. In this lesson, we're going to be working on getting our fabric into our hoop. It's really simple. We're going to. We're going to loosen this so that our inner ring out. And then we're going to put the fabric over that inner ring. Again, because we're not keeping this in the hoop, it really doesn't matter if you have it centered. I'm going to try to use as much of the fabric as I possibly can. I'm going to loosen this all the way. I'm just going to slide this over top of my inner hoop. Okay. My felt is pretty thick, so I'm going to go ahead and make that tot. Just tight mess as much as I can. Now, if I were leaving this in the hoop, it would look terrible because you see this isn't full But since we're going to be cutting this out, it really doesn't matter. As long as you have your fabric in the hoop and it's nice and top, we'll be able to apply our pattern and get stitching. I'll also be using an embroidery stand off and on, but it's totally optional. It can be a huge help if you're working for long periods of time. Key takeaways. Setting up the hoop is easy for this project. No need to center. A large hoop will allow you to work on more leaves at one time and expedite the process. An embroidery stand is optional, but it can be a big help. I'll see you in the next lesson. 5. Stabilizer Application: In this listen, we'll be talking through our stabilizer application. We're reviewing how to print and apply the stabilizer to the fabric. You're welcome to use the pattern from the project resources or create your own using the blank version. And again, always welcome to go free hand with your heat erasable markers. So we're jumping back in with our hoop. We've got our fabric in our hoop, and now I have printed my pattern from the resources. My printer did a little funky here. I'm going to see how many of these fit in my hoop and it looks like quite a few of them. I'm just going to size this out. I'm going to go for this section right here. So I really can just cut crest. One more. I think this is big enough for me to work with. So instead of just doing a few, I can actually get quite a few of these on here. This will help expedite as you're going through, you don't have quite as many times to adjust your fabric in your food. I cut those out. You can feel free. If you want to get more frugal with your fabric, you can cut these and probably put them closer. But when I'm arranging the wires, I don't mind if these are a little bit further out. I may actually put these into strips thinking about that. Because your wires will become a little bit tangly once you get a few of them going. Let's cut these a little bit further apart. Okay. So now that I have these, I can simply peel this off and apply it on to my fabric. Put this guy in the top. P this one. Put this lower. I'm going to put this guy right in the middle. Now, we're set up to stitch. Key takeaways. Be sure to use the technique that works for you. Feel free to simply draw on your fabric or use the provided patterns. If you're using the pattern, be sure to double check which way the stabilizer should be facing for your printer. Using a large hoop can help expedite by allowing you to do multiple leaves at one time. Let's get stitching. I'll see in the next lesson. 6. Learn the Stitches: And this lesson, I'll show you step by step how to complete each of the stitches we'll be using for this project. The stitches combined with your threads and things that you choose is really what's going to make yours pop and be different. It's going to be uniquely yours. Guides with the stitch examples and diagrams are also available under the project and resources section, along with the sample pattern. Let's get stitching. We're going to start. We're actually going to move left to right. It may not seem that way because this looks the most complicated, but this is actually going to be our easiest, and it's going to get a little more complicated as we get over to the right hand side. First things first, we're going to come through. We make this giant straight stitch. Again, this is going to be our easiest one. This is a straight stitch. You just come up through the fabric, and then back down through the fabric. That is it? That's the whole stitch. That's a straight stitch. Now you're just going to go through and keep a straight stitch. I may outline this with a backstitch. To keep it truly a straight stitch, you could just cut this and leave the edge raw and fill in with these little they can sometimes be called seed stitches too. Just fill in. You can draw in on the blank leaves and create your own straight stitch pattern. There's a lot of flexibility with this one and it's super easy. We have our first one done here. Again, feel free to mix this up. I think this would look really cool with just a satin stitch on one side and then some of the seed stitches. We've outlined it with the back stitch, which is what we're going to move on to the second sampler leaf here. I'm going to start with that straight stitch again, come up through the back and then just straight back down. Then I'm going to go right back in that hole I already made from my very first stitch. Then I'm going to follow that all along here. I'm just going to keep making about the same size coming up through the back and then back down in that last hole that I created with my previous stitch. So I have my outline done, and I'm realizing now that I actually meant to do this as a backstitch, all the way down. But that's what's going to make it uniquely yours. When you mix up things, you do straight stitches with backstitch or satin or some of the stem stitches, that's what's going to make it uniquely yours, that combination. Now we are going to move into this blank one. This is where we're going to do our satin stitch, which is a great one for filler. It's super easy. Again, this one, I think would be really cool if you're doing a contrast, like say you had a green felt with white. This is going to work better if you do more of a tone on tone. I think this is actually what I'll be using is the satin stitch and using it green felt with a green floss. But again, I'm going to come up here. I always like to divide my shapes. But essentially the satin stitch is a lot of straight stitches that run parallel to each other. Come up through the back and straight back down. On an I do one side at a time. So what I'm going to do is come up as close as I can to that first stitch while I'm making my way down the outline. And I'm going to come back right over here. So these are all going to run parallel and just fill in this shape. Back. I've refreted this. And actually, I'm using a different color so that you can see the contrast from the two sides. I also decided to use four strands instead of six. So if you're working with embroidery floss, there are six strands. So I mentioned splitting the thread, and now I feel like I need to show you because I think this is the perfect candidate for adding CTL. I'm going to move this all the way. There are six strands in here and you can actually split this apart. I think I'm going to just take three. I'm going to split it in half and just pull. I want to split this the contrasting color. I also think hot pink orange would look really cool here, like get more of that chaple leaf vibe. But I just grabbed the thread from our first leaf here. I'm going to go and split this down the middle. And then I could leave it there, and that still gives it a lot more variety. Or I could go ahead and add in smother veins. Come back through here and start our fish filling. So we're going to start our leaf by dividing it with a big straight stitch. And then I'm going to start. I'd like to divide this one too. So I'm going to come back up similar to a satin stitch. I'm going to come back up really, really close to this. I'm just going to go on the opposite side. And you can play with us and see how you like to divide yours up. I'm going to come back up the other side and do just the opposite down here and cross that center line. I'm just going to repeat that going back and forth down the leaf. So as promised, this is going to be our hardest stitch. I struggle with this still, this may be more appropriate for our intermediate and advanced. I'm going to start with this center shape. I'm going to do a straight stitch. S stitch. Come back through and try to do about half of what this size was. I'm going to do that for this whole layer here. Because I've done this long, long, then, when I come back through, I can do just the same short stitch over and over again. So we're back on this last sampler stitch. And I think this one is a little bit hard to read with the dark Fred. I'm going to try to do it a little more exaggerated just to help visualize how this works. So you can see some of the long short and then it's creating this layered brick effect. So again, the tighter one, I actually didn't love as much as I like some of this looser work here. I'm going to try one more time. We finally finish these stitches. This last one, I think you can see a little bit better that brick effect. But this one again, take liberties. I mean, it doesn't have to be a perfect layered brick. Just mix up your sizes if you like this textured look. Then again, look at how different these are. From our straight stitch, stem stitch to our back stitch, satin, fish bone, and this brick. They all give different flavors. So think about that as you're deciding which one you'd like to do for your plant. Because all of these are going to look different, even though this is obviously the same person stitching these, they look wildly different because of the stitches because of the colors. Th through that, keep practicing and I'll see you back here to start our plants. Key takeaways. Guides with stitch examples and diagrams are available under the project and resource section. Play with each filler variation to find the stitch that you like best for your plant. Remember, perfection isn't necessary. Be sure to practice, but sometimes the mistakes we make give our work its unique style. I'll see you in the next lesson. 7. Stitch the Leaves: In this lesson, we'll begin stitching our plants. So we'll go leaf by leaf. A long as I show you how to get this embroidered plant started. Let's get stitching. We're back and ready to stitch our leaves. I have chosen this bra floss. It's a DMC. You can get this at a craft store. This number right here, this 4066. That's how you can identify it. So if you want to get the same one, that's what you'll be looking for. I have decided I'm going to do the fish phone that we went over in the patterned sampler. I'm going to come up through the back here. I'm going to start with a straight stitch. From here, I'm going to come about three quarters of the way down to go on the other side of my center line. And I'm going to go, like I said, about three quarters of the way down, and I'm going to land on the other side of my center line. Push that back then I'm going to come on the other side. And then again, match this and come on the other side of the center line. We finished this first leaf, and this is actually going to be good practice because what we actually need is our wire. Let's take it a step back. I'm going to measure this out. What I've found that's been working for the size and the fabric that I'm using is about quarter inches. It gives me enough of a stem to work with but not having too much extra. I'm just going to lay that across here, these don't need to be exact. You can always trim them later. I would just try not to get them too short or too long. There. You should be able to cut your wire with just like a normal pair of scissors. I'm going to outline this. I'm going to create my stem. These are super pliable, you should be able to bend this around pretty easily. Then I'm going to work that around my outline. This is my tip top. I'm going to use my nail to help create that shape. And then Make sure I have some overlap to be able to twist this. Now, I like to be able to cover this twist. If you don't mind it, you could also have the twist coming down the stem, play around with it a little bit, see what feels right to you. Again, this is all of these little details and tweaks are going to make your plan, especially yours. This one is a little bit big for my pattern. I'm going to try this one more time. I'm going to try to get it a little bit smaller. That's pretty close. You could twist this around down the stem. I am still going to twist this up into the leaf. I like to hide it a little bit more. Now we're ready to attach this to our felt. I'm going to come usually start at the top. You can really start anywhere. You're just going to basically straight running stitch around this to secure the wire to your fabric. They don't have to be super close together, but enough that you are able to secure that without it. Being too wobbly so as you're working to fill it, it's not moving around on you. I'm going to finish coming around the rest of this leaf before filling it in the way that we did here. We have our wire secured here. Now we can start filling in. Again, I start at the top and divide M leaf. That's a little off center, but that's okay because I'm going to be doing more of that fish bone style, and so it's going to go back and forth. I'm going to come up through the top again. Side. I'm just going to continue going down and making my fishbone pattern here with my stitch. Depending on what stitch you've done, you can fill in with your satin stitch or do a backstitch. You can even just do some secure your wire and do some seed stitches. However you want to make this come alive. Now, keep in mind when you are selecting your thread and your stitches. If you are going to do one that has less thread work that you're not going to cover. So I wasn't too concerned with how I outlined this because I know I'm going to cover it. But if you're doing something with less thread work, just be mindful of the colors and wire color that you're selecting. Okay, so I'm going to need to re thread, and then I will meet you back to wrap this one up. But he's looking pretty good. Okay. So now I have that filled in as far as my pattern goes, I'm just know if you can even see this. There's just a little bit sticking out here. I want to try to cover some of this wire. I have my first one done here, but I wanted to show you I have another one in progress. Just to keep in mind. I have a few of these getting a walk here, a variety, but I think that'll actually make the plant look even better. But as you start adding, you're going to start getting these wires in the way. So be cognizant when you're placing your patterns. This way, I try to do windows here, so my wire will come in between these and these I can even fold. And then I actually because you can work around your hoop. I have these upside down so that the wires will be going the other way. Just be mindful as you're setting up that as you get going, you're going to depth with a bunch of wires. I'm going to keep working on these and I will meet you back here once we're ready to cut out an assembler plan. Key takeaways. Choose a color palette that speaks to you. Keep in mind the stitch length is totally up to you. Mix it up or keep it consistent for a cohesive feel. Feel free to shake up your color choices and stitches to help make your work unique. I'll see you on the next lesson. 8. Assemble the Plant: And this lesson, we're rearranging our plan. Yes. We're almost there. Start by dropping your foam into the bottom of the pot. If you've purchased the two on the suggested list, you're done. No cutting necessary. Once the foam is in the pot, we're simply going to begin arranging the leaves. You can see, I have a few of these started. I have my first row cut out and I'm going to continue cutting these. So I'm using a pair of fabric scissors and please be mindful. I did nick myself. Be careful, they're very sharp, but I'm just going through and I'm leaving just a little bit of the border of the felt outline my leaves, and it helps cover any of those loose threads you may have on the back. If you have some unwieldy threads. Go ahead and just put a glue dot and glue it to the back of it. But I think overall between the felt It's not too bad. So pretty quick, quick and easy to cut those out. One by one, and then once I have them all cut out, I will meet you back here to assemble the plan. Okay. Okay. So I have all of these divided out now, and actually, it turned out pretty even. I had a six that were seven that were medium and seven that were. So I've got 20 here and I'm going to start you have your foam putting the foam into the pot. So I'm going to start and this is going to take some playing around, but I'm going to start with my bottom. So my leaves. I just put them in. Try to do this evenly across the bottom and then know that I will fill in as I move up into each layer. Okay. So I've got that base layer. Pretty well spaced and I understand a keep building. Now that you can bend these two and give your leaves some shape. I'm going to get a little more creative with that. I'm going to make sure that this is a little bit taller than my last group. I'm actually having better luck if I bend it at the top. And then put it in. Oh. So that's filling in pretty nicely, and I've got one more set to go. We've got just a couple here. Don't be afraid to go back if you're not liking how something's sitting or you think there should be a different layer. Go back through and just massage as much as you need until you're totally happy with the final look. Here we go. All right. This is all time. Key takeaways. If you're looking for ease, grab the foam and pot listed in the suggested materials, no cutting necessary. Once you place the foam, take your time, arrange in the les, and be sure to create layers. If you need to cut the wire, go for it. Having layers gives your plant more depth and remember, this is ultimately your creation, so have fun. I'll see you in the next lesson. 9. Final Thoughts: How we do. Hamming gifts are cost effective and fun and they really show the loves in our lives that we care. It's also a great way to express self love and self care, Broder is expressive and fun. Get creative and think of ways to create new patterns to make pieces that are uniquely you or reflect the recipient of your gifts. Be sure to post your final pieces in the project section and keep on stitching. If you share on social, please use the hashtag arts stitches so we can follow and support each other online. Please also review and follow me on Skillshare. I'd love to hear your feedback and have the opportunity to engage with you. I'll see you all the next class.