Machine and hand embroidery are the hallmarks of art quilt design and construction. Depending on the stitch and the thread or fiber used, embroidery techniques can give your quilts a contemporary edge or vintage charm.
In this free eBook, Essential Embroidery Stitches: Free Hand and Machine Embroidery Designs and Techniques, we've assembled four of our best articles on machine and hand embroidery techniques. Each one gives you tips, hints, and instructions for adding embroidery patterns to your quilts.
First up, internationally known expert Ellen Anne Eddy reviews the basics of free-machine embroidery in her article "Defining the Line: Free-motion Embroidery Skills." Ellen offers tips and hints for how to get started, from which foot to use to how to sign your name in machine embroidery stitches.
|Satin stitch embroidery
by Kathy York.
One of the most versatile machine embroidery stitches to master is the satin stitch. In Kathy York's article of the same name, she explains how satin stitch embroidery can play a unique role in the making of art quilts. From using it to finish the edges of a quilt, to joining quilt blocks, to free-motion quilting and creating shapes, the satin stitch is one you'll use over and over again.
Susie Williams shows how to incorporate a hand-embroidered motif into a pieced quilt in "Off-site Embroidery." This method involves creating a design with hand embroidery on a piece of fabric, cutting the finished embroidered image off the base fabric, and appliquéing the motif to your artwork. You could even use some bead embroidery techniques or stamped embroidery designs for your focal motif. It's a great way to add detailed hand work without your piece becoming too bulky.
|Hand embroidery created off site
and stitched to a quilt.
Finally, in "Reverse Appliqué & Bobbin Embroidery with a Twist," Yvonne Brown teaches you to combine painted tissue paper, fabric, and machine bobbin embroidery to create flowing, textured, and layered embroidery designs. Because you wind the specialty threads or ribbons in the bobbin, you stitch with your work face down on the machine. A more challenging embroidery technique, but the results are worth the effort!
We know you'll use the knowledge and inspiration from Essential Embroidery Stitches: Free Hand and Machine Embroidery Designs and Techniques again and again to enhance your hand and machine embroidery skills and artistry.
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