Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Adding Embroidery Stitches to a Fiber Art Piece

Embellishments can add a wonderful additional layer of artistry on a quilt, and one option is to use embroidery stitches. They pop off the top giving texture, and three dimensionality (is that a word?). You don’t need to know a bunch of different embroidery stitches.  In fact, a straight line (running stitch or back stitch) goes a long way.

For the Circle of Life piece I used embroidery stitches on the foliage, bird claws, and tree branch. I think those stitches really improved an otherwise “ok” area. Here are some photos of the embroidery on this piece:


tree french knots 

plant stems

The other nice thing about embroidery stitching is its' portability. You can do it while watching TV, or at a friend's house. 

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