embroidery in progress

Stems


In my freestyle embroidery project, I want to have bunches of wildflowers.  On the left side, I picture tall flowers mimicking the circular shape with curved stems.

My first step in embroidery is to do the stems.  I am going to use a few different shades of green to add to the wildflower look.  There are a few stitching options with stems.  Basically, you can use anything that will give you a line.  The obvious choice is stem stitch, given its name, but you could also use back stitch, wrapped running stitch or couching.

 

Along this side, I used a combination of stem stitch and couching.  You can see how I loosely followed the curve of the circle, but I didn’t trace it exactly.  I want to keep the wildflowers looking casual.

Along the right side, I used stem stitch and couching again, in different shades of green.

Along the bottom, I put in some straight stitching for some tiny flowers.

 

If you want to follow along with the project, check it out HERE.



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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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