This is the last in a series of articles about designing a hand embroidery project. It moves from creating the design to working the finished project. Links to previous articles are the bottom of the page.
Up until this stage I had been working on hoop and moving the hoop around. Eventually I get to the stage where I can not reposition the hoop without squashing stitches. It gets worse if I start adding beads. At this point in the process I usually stretch the embroidery frame. I dont really like frames, so I put it off as long as possible but as the pieces becomes heavier with the stitches and beads keeping an even tension is harder.
At this stage I concentrate on filling in the negative space areas with highly textured stitches. The areas are encrusted which is why I call it encrusted embroidery. The textured surface stitches I am using are Bullion Knots, French Knots, Buttonhole wheels, Buttonhole Wheel Cups, Whipped Wheels and Cast-on stitch. All of these stitches you can find in my Stitch Dictionary.
- From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A file cover part 1
- From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A file cover part 2
- From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A file cover part 3
- From Studio Journal Design to Embroidery: A File cover part 4
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