Embroider a Peony
You'll learn the backstitch, the long and short stitch plus two more stitches in this two-part course. You'll create two hoop art designs: an outline peony and a realistic peony, with a motivational word included in each design.
What you are going to create
Learn and practice the back stitch on curves and letters with this peony outline design, perfect for a 6-inch / 15-cm hoop.
Learn and practice the long and short stitch, which will add subtle shading to your bloom. Then you'll add French knots to the center of your flower and learn the fishbone stitch for the leaves. Stitching a motivational word will be easy-peasy now that you know the back stitch. And finally you'll finish off the backs of your hoops with an easy technique.
Textile artist, instructor, insect lover
Barbie fashion shows featuring my original creations were regular events in my childhood living room. Real-people clothes were next and soon after that, a degree in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts. France, just a plane ride away, became home in 1991, and that's where I earned a Maîtrise in French literature and then began turning luxury fabric scraps into textile sculptures and accessories.