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Thursday, December 17, 2020

~ Angel Embroidery Tutorial/Pictorial ~ PART 3 ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
~ thank you for following along with me to this, 
PART 3 and the final posting for my Angel Embroidery Tutorial/Pictorial! 

here she is, all finished and displayed in a Nurge Hoop 
{available from many sellers on Etsy, type in Nurge or faux wood embroidery hoop}

We left off at filling in her dress... 
as seen in the photo below;
once again using the outline and fill technique, 
...with the split stitch being the fill and outline stitch.

here the dress is entirely filled in...

now we'll embroider her boots
using 3 strands of DMC 3021 cotton floss:

short little straight stitches, then begin to fill with split stitch...


Once both boots are completed, 
I go back in with my pencil to add shading to the dress,
~ around the ribbon she is holding and around the boots too...

Now we'll stitch her wing...
DMC 3865 {again, 3 strands} will be the predominant color for the wing, but
we will be using 648 too in a bit....

outline the entire wing, and then fill with split stitch...
and as you can see in the photo below
I have once again used my pencil to draw directional guidelines to follow for my stitches...

I didn't want to forget to add some additional detail to the bottom of the wing,
so I intermittently stitched a few lazy daisy stitches as seen below:

...finishing the top portion of the wing, working in the direction of my penciled guidelines;
now to use the 648, {3 strands again...}
this time make small french knots between the lazy daisy stitches as shown below ~

my french knots are wonky, just like me...

once you have finished your french knots and your wing is completely filled in,
take your pencil and shade the wing as shown below...
now you don't have to do this part, but I love the look and detail this gives, and my pencil lead color almost matches the DMC 648 thread!

Now we will work on the pine bough, holly leaves and then the ornaments
using the colors below of DMC thread {3 strands}
3371, 3011 & 400 {a favorite red}

starting with the 3011, I am making stem stitches all along the center line of the bough, beginning from the tip of one holly leaf, up and over the angel, and down to the tip of the other holly leaf...

once I have stitched from leaf to leaf, I thread with 3371 {3 strands}
and make straight stitch pine needle as indicated on your drawn pattern...

once your pine needles are all stitched, take the 3865 thread and split stitch the very tips of the holly leaves as shown below:

then fill in the holly leaves with split stitch using 3011,
and use your pencil to once again add shading down the center of leaf and

we'll be using the 400 {3 strands} to embroider the ornaments with padded satin stitch next,
BUT before we do I wanted to show you that I added smaller straight stitch pine needles between the long ones that are shown on the pattern me it makes them fuller, you can opt to do yours this way, or not ;)

~~~  So, to make the padded satin stitch ornaments,
begin by filling in with satin stitch going vertical

then doing satin stitch over that, going horizontal...

you will embroider both ornaments this same way.

I usually add a penciled 'ground' to my work,
and will look over my project to see where else my pencil may lend a bit of detail...

I never can leave enough alone,
so I used my pencil to draw my initials, which I crudely cross stitched {lol}
and poked a bunch of holes to look like snowflakes {lol again}

I also added french knot berries to the two twigs in the pine bough...
and went around the ornaments once more time with my pencil
{just for good measure}
lol once more...

I am so happy with my results and my finish!
I love finishing 'in the hoop' and prefer to use these flexible, faux wood-look hoops
from Nurge...again you can google the maker, and there are many sellers on Etsy & eBay.

the hoops come with a hanger,
but I love to tuck my hoops in different vignettes...

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I came up with my 
Shaded Embroidery™ Technique!!!

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Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori


TheCrankyCrow said...

She is well...heavenly!!!! Fascinating technique! Originally seeing your work, I would have never guessed at the pencil shading/details. Wow...adds a whole other dimension. One question....When you say you made little snowflakes by punching little "holes"....with your pencil you mean?? They look like single little cross stitches in the photos....?? Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with us. I am definitely going to give this a try...hopefully sooner rather than later. ~Robin~

moosecraft said...

Looking forward to starting this on the weekend! Lovely, lovely, lovely! Thank you again! :-)

JustGail said...

The angel is very cool! Not overly sweet and pastel like so many angels are done. And thank you for the tutorials.

One question - I've heard not to use pencil because the graphite will rub off onto threads as you're stitching. Do you use a special pencil (harder lead??) or do you not have that issue? Or is it part of the charm of your method, especially on light threads - sort of giving them a bit of aged look as you stitch?

VLPDevore said...

Lori, so beautiful. My eyes are changing and I can't seem to grasp my cross stitching, but this seems easier (on my eyes). Going to give this a try and see what happens. Your explanations/teaching are FANTASTIC. Thank you so much, vickie

NMK said...

I find all your little pretty details just wonderfully amazing !!! I am in awe !!!! Just perfectly Beautiful Lori !!! I'm not sure if I have the patience , but this is just so pretty , I have to try !!!!
Thank you Lori for always sharing so many wonderful things !!!

Anonymous said...

could you post the complete list of threads yu used for this project. Its so wonderful.


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