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Some floral embroidery

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

The Art of Dimensional Embroidery

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Genevieve said…
This is really stunning. I actually learned bead embroidery first, so I'm now in the process of learning thread embroidery - I'm finding that it's not difficult to learn, but you need practice to make nice even stitches; no shortcuts here.

By the way, did you see the button dress from CHA?
Cyndi L said…
It was really fun to "get back to my roots". The evenness of stitches is what I was lacking when I began this piece, but it got better :-)

Thanks for sharing that button dress...that's amazing!
Cherie said…
Aw, I love it. You really did beautiful work here, Cyndi.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Cherie. I'm happy with the colors, but I can see *all* the mistakes!
Limarea said…
Wow! This is so very beautiful! I did some embroidery a (aherm) long time ago. Maybe I should take it up again :D
Cyndi L said…
I'll bet it wasn't as long ago as it was for me, Limar ;-)
Eileen Bergen said…
You did a beautiful job, Cyndi. If there are any imperfections, I certainly can't see them.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Eileen! I need more friends with bad eyes lol ;-)
Tammy said…
I never was that great at embroidery. Maybe now that I've done a fair amount of bead weaving I might be better at it. I think your flowers look great, especially considering you haven't done this is awhile.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you Tammy :-) Now that they have their beady centers in place, they look much better!