For some 3D embroidery, try adding Brazilian embroidery and stumpwork techniques to your crewel stitches. The dimensional effects literally take embroidery to the next level!
What makes this style unique is the dimensional flowers and the multiple layers of background foliage. Use the basic crewel embroidery stitches for Brazilian embroidery stems and background flowers.
For 3D flowers, add the following stitches:
For flower centers, try adding beads. They are an excellent accent for this type of embroidery.
This type of raised embroidery was popular in the late 17th century. It is raised like Brazilian embroidery, but there are more symbols for people and animals, with no focus on layers of foliage and perspective.
Embroidery stumpwork often has other materials incorporated, such as carved faces, mirrors, charms, chains, silk wrapped wires, tiny seashells, or even real bird feathers!
Brazilian threads are 100% rayon and very shiny. Some are smooth, and some have a kinky texture. It's best to use fine threads for the background and save the thicker, more brightly colored, and more textured flosses for the big flowers in the foreground.
Dimensional effects can also be achieved through ribbon embroidery, if you want to try a different method.
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