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Tutorial: Embroidering with Sequins

Embroidery Tutorials

Tutorial: Embroidering with Sequins

A few years back, I started making new felt ornaments for my tree every holiday season. Last year, I discovered sequins, and now I'm hooked. They just add so much fun holiday sparkle and cheer! Making felt ornaments with them is easy as pie.

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Tutorial: Colorful Hand Drawn Linework in Photoshop

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Tutorial: Colorful Hand Drawn Linework in Photoshop

In my quest to "find my style," I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I do and don't like in my drawings. One thing I've discovered I like a lot is the sketchy graphite linework in my initial thumbnail sketches, so I'm trying to find ways to bring that into my finished work.

I recently discovered an easier way to bring that into digital work, so I put together a tutorial to share it with you.

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Embroidery Tutorial: Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch

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Embroidery Tutorial: Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch

I've been working on an embroidery of a flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz. I knew I wanted to play with some fun stitches, and his fur and the embroidery on his outfit seemed like a great way to experiment with some new techniques.I learned a new stitch for this project called the Hungarian braided chain stitch, and I thought I'd share it with you as a tutorial. It creates a really lovely textured, raised line that seemed perfect to decorate the monkey's little cap. Start with a small straight stitch at the beginning of your design line.Bring your needle up...

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Embroidery Pattern: Stumpwork Tombstone & Ghost

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Embroidery Pattern: Stumpwork Tombstone & Ghost

I've wanted to try 3D stumpwork embroidery for quite a while, and what better way to learn a technique than to teach it? I created this wired ghost popping out of a tombstone, with a PDF that has a tutorial for the stumpwork technique you'll need. I love the fact that he's ready to escape from the frame!

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Embroidery Tutorial: Blending Colors with Seed Stitch

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Embroidery Tutorial: Blending Colors with Seed Stitch

I always love a project that challenges me to push my craft forward, and I've been running into quite a few of those lately. One of the new techniques that I've been having the most fun with is for a project where I was asked to recreate the garish festive look of an ugly Christmas sweater as embroidered text. I'd like to share with you the shading method that I used in this project to blend together the clashing cheery colors in the embroidery.

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