How to Embroider a House – from photo to finished project

black and white photo with title "Embroidering a House".

Often embroidery is inspired by nature. Plants, animals, insects and even people are common subjects. But don’t overlook another possible option – architechture.

There are many great buildings that would make beautiful embroidery pieces.

Embroidery can be done to commemorate a special vacation, even or favourite place. An embroidery of a childhood home might be the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

In this embroidery series, I am going to take you through an embroidery project from start to finish. The subject of this embroidery is a house.

You are welcome to follow along and embroider the same house, or use the ideas to inspire your own unique design.

If you follow along, there will be three different embroidery options – relaxed, intense and insane.

  • Relaxed is a simple option that can be done quickly. It is perfect for beginners or those just looking for a quick project.
  • Intense will use a few more stitches for texture and interest.
  • Insane will use a variety of stitches and colour. It will be the most time consuming and complicated.

The house I chose does not have any special significance to me other than I like the way it looks. I took a walk through my neighbourhood and took pictures of houses that looked nice.

As I went through the pictures, I looked for a few specific things. I wanted houses that were interesting, but not too complex. It is easy to add interest with embroidery stitches, so I didn’t need a complicated design to start off with.

Also, I am not very good at drawing, so I wanted a house that was mostly flat on the front. That way I didn’t have to deal with perspective and angles. I’m sure that won’t be a problem for those with better line drawing skills than I have.

brown house with tree

After looking through the pictures, I decided on this house. It met all the criteria, and I knew I could also embellish it with flowers and a tree if I wanted.

I printed the picture in black and white on regular paper. This allowed me to draw right on the picture. I put bold marker lines to mark the features and could then trace them onto another paper.

black and white picture of house

Some of the features I ignored, like the porch and drain pipe, and I moved the left window a bit to see the whole thing.

The picture is definitely two-dimensional. Although there are different layers in the house, I tried to keep it simple.

line drawing of house

The drawing is available in a download on my resource page. Access to the page is for my newsletter subscribers, so sign up today to get this and many other nice treats.

Once you have a house drawing, you need to choose materials and colours. Then you can get stitching!

The Relaxed option is done with a simple backstitch. It is quick to do and looks great. it would be fun to try on a patterned fabric.

finished backstitch house embroidery.

The Intense option is done with a single colour, but many different stitches

final hand embroidered house picture.
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Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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