The technique for creating the flower can be used for individual items or for large areas of thread work, such as thread painting landscapes.
For the flower, choose two shades of embroidery thread any color you like, and place one in the needle and the other in the bobbin. I used cotton embroidery thread.
Next, stabilize a piece of base fabric and secure it in an embroidery hoop. Choose a closed free motion foot so that the thread work does not get caught while you’re working.
Drop your feed dogs and work a zig zag stitch over all the surface.
I set the width at 3.5, but experiment and see what width you like best. Move rather quickly, allowing the stitches to build up on each other. When the surface is almost covered in stitches, tighten the top tension until the bobbin thread shows on top. Work around the surface.
When you’ve covered an area large enough for your flower, dab the circumference with some Fray Block or a similar product before cutting. Once dry, cut out your flower shape.
Remove the free motion foot and attach an open toe foot. Using silk roving or yarn, couch a decorative edge around your flower with a zig zag or buttonhole stitch.
Take another piece of silk roving or yarn and shape a center for your flower. Attach it with your Babylock Embellisher or needle punch machine.
Next, take a little orange or yellow roving and needle punch it in the center of your flower.
For the final embellishment, sew a cluster of beads in the center. Your flower is complete.
In part six, we will thread paint some leaves, make a cord on our sewing machines for the stem, and complete the project.
N. Rene West