Keeping it Real: Stitching Outdoor Embroidery

Make your outdoor embroidery designs look even better with these tips!

Glitz and Glitter

Giant Flutters from Inspiration Mutz incorporates iridescence into its designs. Just like delicate butterfly wings, a shimmer under the stitching is easy to create with mylar.

Silhouettes for Impact

Into the Woods from Kreations by Kara has everything a machine embroiderer could want. Blocks are pieced, quilted, and embroidered in the hoop. Gorgeous quilting is accented by striking animal silhouettes.

The Elephant Sunset Appliscape from Ananda’s Divine Designs takes silhouettes to new levels. Dark appliques pop on a gorgeous background. Up to 18 different colors of fabrics create realistic looking sunsets, pieced right in the hoop.

Frame It

Window frames give scenic embroidery three-dimensional appeal. Fancy Window from Stitch Delight appears to be looking into a room from the outside. A graceful arch ties everything together for embroidery so lovely, you should hang it on a wall.

Outback Embroidery uses a window frame concept to capture Serenity in stitches. It provides a pretty beach view through a window whose four panes create the gorgeous scenery.

Sometimes, a piece of the landscape frames the embroidery like the Good Old Days Swing Girl from Molly Mine. You have the crazy quilting separation of land, sky, and water with the dainty lady framed by the tree from which she is swinging.

Go 3D

Make your embroidery pop off the fabric by using 3D techniques. Cape Dutch Garden from Enchanting Designs makes that happen with stunning freestanding florals and greenery stitched on organza. The combination adds so much depth and realism to the project.

What is your favorite tip for realistic outdoor embroidery?

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