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Stumpwork: Raised Embroidery Essentials

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Add gorgeous dimension to any embroidery project! Expand your needlework repertoire by learning how to create stunning, nature-inspired stumpwork designs.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipies
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Celeste Chalasani
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Bring your designs to life with modern stumpwork embroidery techniques. Let expert needlework instructor Celeste Chalasani be your guide as you learn how to add texture and dimensionality to your work. Begin by setting up your nature-inspired class project, preparing your hoop, planning the stitching order and creating outlines. Then, start adding dimension to a flower and bee design with whipped reverse chain stitch and Turkey work. To achieve a raised effect, you'll build layers of stitching and felt padding underneath your embroidery. Next, incorporate wire slips — three-dimensional elements such as petals and wings. You'll learn how to fill the slips in with stitching and apply them to your design. Plus, make your work shine from all angles with Celeste's methods for stitching on sheer fabric. Then, complete your lovely project with classic finishing touches.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Stumpwork
Meet Celeste Chalasani and learn about the history of raised embroidery, then choose backing and background fabrics for the class project. You'll transfer the design from the included template and learn how to prepare your hoop or frame. Choose your threads and you're ready to go!
2. Dimensional Stitches
3. Padding With Stitches
4. Padding With Felt
5. Wired Slips
6. Transparent Wired Slips
7. Cutting & Applying Wired Slips

Recommended with this class

  • Wire: 28-gauge unwrapped, 32-gauge wrapped, or 33-gauge wrapped wire Tweezers
  • Background fabric such as silk shantung
  • Sheer fabric such as polyester organza

Taught by

Celeste Chalasani
Celeste Chalasani
Celeste Chalasani is a designer and needlework instructor specializing in stumpwork embroidery. As an Embroidery Guild of America teacher, she often leads workshops at chapter and national events around the United States. She was the March 2015 featured Designer Across America in Needle Arts magazine and is also a member of the National Embroidery Teachers Association (NETA).

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