Embroidery and Embellishments 1
Updated: Jan 16, 2021
Tomorrow evening I will be giving a zoom class on embroidery. Slow stitching as students will have to use what they have on hand.
The students have different skill levels so I planned the class to teach basic embroidery skills and show a few samples of what can be accomplished with these basic stitches. I will be showing you their results as they create.
Start with 2 layers of cotton or polycotton fabric from an upcycled man's button down shirt.
40 x 20 cm.
From your pile of cotton, polycotton remnants, which I know you all have. Choose a color coordinated selection in a variety of sizes. 5 x 4 cm, 7 x 4 cm slightly larger and slightly smaller.
Create a visually appealing layout
Choose contrasting or matching threads and create some coordinating yoyos to use for embellishment later on.
The yoyo technique - cut a number of fabric circles
On the side of the fabric circle that is NOT going to be shown make a circle of small, even running stitches as close to the outer edge of the circle as possible. This will be used as a gathering stitch
Pull the thread and place your finger at the center of the yoyo and press down whilst you pull so that the result is a yoyo and not a hat.
Place the needle in the centre of the yoyo and stitch through to the back. Stitch up and down a few times via the center and then leave the needle on the underside of the yoyo
Backstitch on the back side to secure the thread and then cut it.