|No beads added to the centers yet!|
Since I was seduced by beads and bead embroidery so many years ago, I have somewhat neglected my thread embroidery skills, if I ever really had any. Part of my new year's resolutions was to try something new, so I dug out an old book I'd purchased but never used, and put my needle to work: The Art of Dimensional Embroidery by Maria A. Freitas.
If you are proficient at thread embroidery, you'll see all kinds of imperfections and irregularities in my stitches. I just want you to know that I got better as I went along! My next step is to fill in the centers, with beads of course.
Added later: Here is the finished piece
|Pistol stitch flowers|
|Bullion and loop stitch flowers|
|Knotted chain, bullion, cast-on, and pistol stitches|
The book features what is called the Brazilian style of embroidery, which is a raised form that usually features rayon threads. I used some rayon, but mostly stuck with the cottons, silks, and blends that I already own. I highly recommend Maria's book (all the stitches are shown as black and white drawings...very easy to follow), but if you'd like to see a few of the easier stitches online first before you decide, here are a few resources:
Loretta's Custom Stitchery
Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery
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