This year, we’ll be working our way through a series of tutorials for embroidering (blank) – that is, a number of different embroidery subjects.
We’ve already worked through how to embroider wheat five different ways, and we’re on our way through strawberries at the moment. You can see in the image below a sneak peek of what’s coming up after the strawberries.
Right now, there are six projects planned, from a list of possibly eight.
The series focuses on small projects with elements stitched using different approaches, to give you ideas on how to incorporate various techniques into your own embroidery projects.
Accessible for Beginners & Beyond!
The projects are suitable for beginners and beyond.
As the project unfolds on Needle ‘n Thread, I link to appropriate tutorials and tips that will help you achieve a successful finish. I provide the design for download and a list of materials that I used, although you can always substitute your own materials from what you have on hand.
This is where I will keep the project list and a list of the articles in each project. You’ll find a link to this index under “Tips and Techniques” in the main menu on Needle ‘n Thread.
1. Wheat Five Ways
This project focuses on how to embroider wheat in five different ways, from easy to more complex. The final project looks like this:
Here are the articles in the series:
2. How to Embroider Strawberries
This project focuses on five different ways to embroidery strawberries, from highly stylized to more realistic. The project is currently running. This is what it looks like so far:
Here are the articles in the series:
Part 2: Simple Strawberry & Blending Colors
Part 3: Burden Stitch & Woven Picots
Part 4: Lattice Work over Surface Satin Stitch
Part 5: Strawberry in Battlement Couching
Part 6: Last Strawberry & Blossoms
3. How to Embroider Daisies
This series will focus on the ‘umble but sweet daisy, and we’ll look at a few different ways to embroider them. The design combines stylized and realistic daisies.
Here are the articles in the series, in chronological order:
Part 3: Stems, Leaves, Corrections, and Daisy #3
Part 4: Long & Short Stitch with Turkey Work
Part 5: Satin Stitch & the Finish
How to Embroider Grapes
This project focuses on a number of ways to embroider grapes in a bunch. We will look at many approaches all in one design, so that you can decide what approach you like and maybe apply that approach to the entire design. The initial grape bunch will end up looking like a sampler.
Here are the articles in this series so far:
First Foray into the Grapes – Design & Color Consideration
Part 3: Outlining instead of Filling
Part 4: Structured Fillings, Shisha, and Overcast
Part 6: The Finished Grapes – Tendrils & Leaves
How to Embroider Dragonflies
In this series, we’re going to embroider two different dragonfly projects. The first is the basic dragonfly, so you get a sense of how it’s done. The second is another version in different colors, with a bit of a setting behind it.
An Introduction to the Projects
Part 1: Design, Materials, and Set-Up
Part 2: Embroidering Wee Bodies
Embroidering the Rest of the Dragonfly
Dragonfly #2: Design & Materials
How to Follow
The tutorials are published here on Needle ‘n Thread and are free for your personal use.
The best way to keep up with them as soon as they are published is subscribing to my email newsletter, which is essentially each article delivered to your email inbox.
If you’re a member of my page on Patreon, you can download a PDF version of the tutorials (sometimes with a little more detail and accompanying stitch tips, and sometimes with the next step of the project already included), so that you can save it to your computer and print it easily for your personal use.
The projects often contain good instructional content and tips that you can apply to your own projects, so even if you don’t want to stitch them, you’ll hopefully pick up a good tip or two!
But we’ll also be continuing with regular Needle ‘n Thread content between installments, so you can still expect plenty of variety on other needlework topics and projects.
If you’re looking for this Index on the website, you’ll find it listed here under Tips & Techniques, in the top section under “Hand Embroidery Lessons & Step-by-Step Projects.”
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