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Friday, July 8, 2016

Embroidered flowers Part 2

Here's a couple of easy ways to finish your small stitched art pieces.

First, I used some watercolor paper that's heavy but flexible, I'm not sure of the content because my sister sent it to me, but its a nice, heavy paper that may have linen in it.  I cut an opening in the paper, then placed it over my stitched piece, ran a light line of glue to adhere the fabric and paper together, and stitched a zigzag stitch along the paper edge.

I found that it's helpful to use the same color thread in the bobbin and on top, which I didn't do here, because the bobbin thread was darker and got pulled to the top in a few places, but still looks okay.

Here is the whole piece, I'll still need to trim the ragged edges of the paper to even it up for framing.

Next, on this piece, I took some yarn and laid it down parallel to the edge of it (after I trimmed it up evenly) and I just stitched a medium width zigzag along the edge. 

After the first round, I went around the entire piece one more time with the same zigzag, just for stability.

 I suggest starting with your finished size in mind, not just make a random sized piece like I did.  It's easier to find frames if your finished piece is somewhat standard! And if anyone reading this has done embroidered pictures, please comment with any helpful hints or suggestions you may have learned in the process. 


  1. I shudder to think of you cutting off that gorgeous deckle edge on the top sample!!! that's the most beautiful part of the paper -- you should float that on a background fabric or mat board before framing.

  2. I completely agree with Kathleen! Those aren't ragged edges but deckled and you pay more for them! If you must change the size of the paper because you want a particular size then at least tear off the edges rather than cut them. But, like Kathleen said, please consider floating the entire piece in a larger frame.

  3. Love the edges, leave them on! I have used stretched canvas paintings I have found at the resale shop for cheap. Slap some like colored paint on them and you have a finished piece.

    Thanks for the ideas about finishing, would never have thought of that cording.

  4. Totally agree with Kathleen and Quilt or Dye. The deckle edge was what 'made' the work for me. Floating it on a background (perhaps an accent color from the work...?) would be stunning when framed. Beautiful stitched art!

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!! Your pieces are wonderful!!


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