On Friday, in our Friday Flashback series, I re-introduced you to a fantastic collectedion, called The Shadowed Garden. Today I am going to share with you the techniques to complete this fantastic technique.
- Before beginning embroidery, take the voile/sheer cotton fabric, and spray starch it heavily before ironing it.
- When choosing your fabrics, remember that they will appear muted under the voile.
- When looking for interesting fabrics, consider the back of fabrics as well.
- I use a soft poly-mesh cutaway stabiliser, allowing the designs to remain pliant once completed.
Instructions for completing shadow embroidery. I am using the Rose Design, from the Shadowed Garden.
- Place cutaway stabiliser in the hoop, and tighten screws to ensure a tight fit.
- Load the design into your embroidery machine, and embroider the first colour (this will be green for the leaf).
- Take your wadding and fabric, and lay on top of the outline.
- Take the hoop out of the machine, and trim away all excess fabric and wadding.
- Re-attach the hoop and stitch out the next block of the design (for the rose, that will be the actual rose flower)
- Repeat steps 3-4.
- Take your voile/sheer cotton fabric, and lay on top of the design (you can pin the corners to ensure the fabric will not move.
- Stitch out the green and red colours to highlight the design.
- Lastly, remove the design from the hoop, and CAREFULLY cut away the excess poly-mesh/stabiliser (it is very easy to cut the voile here)