3D Embroidery Art: Needle Felting Harvest Vegetables
This project combines the classic crafts of hand embroidery and needle felting, to help create an eye-catching 3D embroidery piece of art, that’s perfect for adding autumnal decor to your home, this harvest season. Grab your free printable template and follow Kelly Anne Jordan’s step-by-step tutorial below, to have a go at creating your very own veggie-themed hoop!
You Will Need:
- Printable template [DOWNLOAD HERE]
- Embroidery threads in green
- Embroidery hoop 5”
- Embroidery needles
- Fabric 7” x 7”
- Felt fabric
- Needle felt in orange and brown
- Needle felting needles and foam pad
- Fabric marker
- Glue gun
- Light tablet
Trace the outline of the pattern OF the carrot foliage onto the centre of your fabric with a fabric marker. For this project, I recommend practicing a straight stitch and back stitch.
Place the fabric into an embroidery hoop. Start the carrot foliage with three strands, and trace over the entire image in your green thread using the back stitch or straight stitch.
Start working on your needle felt carrot by creating a cylindrical shape and compacting the felt with your needle, continuously turning the piece as you work across the whole carrot surface. As you work, the carrot will compact and get smaller.
To achieve the ‘wonky’ carrot look, use the needle at different angles such as from the top and bottom of the carrot, and work the fibres together to tangle so it bends the carrot in places.
To give the carrot a more realistic finish, use a few strands of brown and work them into the bends and dips in your carrot surface. Do this by working the needle on those areas to tangle the fibres, and create a smooth surface.
Attach some thread to the top of your carrot so that you can connect the hand embroidery piece to the felt piece. Do this by holding the thread across the top of the carrot and felting into place with some strands of orange felt; continue working until it is secure and the area is smooth again.
Remove the fabric from the hoop and iron out any pattern marks. Before placing the piece back in to the hoop, draw around your hoop on to some felt and cut out. Now put your piece back in to the hoop and ensure that the fabric is pulled taught.
Trim off the over hanging fabric so that there is enough to adhere this to the inner hoop.
Use a glue gun to adhere to the inner hoop and then stick the felt backing to the back of the hoop to hide the back of the stitches. Cut a strip of felt approximately 2” x 1”. Apply some glue at each end and place on the back, at the top of the hoop.
This will act as a hook for hanging.
Now your gorgeous piece of 3D embroidery hoop art is all finished, and ready to be hung!
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