Ready to enhance your stitch repertoire and create your own unique designs? In the follow-up to "Startup Library: Hand Embroidery," expert embroiderer Jessica Long guides you step by step through two colorful projects: a tropical floral wreath and a bear cub design. Review embroidery basics and learn some new techniques along the way, including thread painting, hooping up and more.
Jessica starts off with a review of the tools and materials you'll need for class, including fabrics, floss, needles and hoops. Then she shows you how to hoop up (secure fabric in the hoop) and shares easy ways to transfer designs to light or dark fabric.
Start your first project, a tropical floral wreath, by reviewing key stitches such as the backstitch, satin stitch and stem stitch. Practice the fishbone stitch, before exploring color shading and gradations with the long and short stitch.
Continue stitching your floral wreath as you learn how to make woven wheel roses. Then add detached chain and French knot designs, as well as some finishing touches. Afterwards, Jessica shares ideas for design variations.
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