Another month, another project! I’m sharing my Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) project- this month’s ‘theme’ was needlework. You can see more about the year-long adventure and what else I’ve tried in this post. I tried my hand at “stumpwork” which basically means raised embroidery. I went with the simplest type, adding felt padding for a 3-d effect, but more advanced techniques include wire. I first heard about stumpwork when Rebecca tried it last year, making a planet.
Stumpwork beetle embroidery
I used a tutorial from Sew in Love; she seems to have the most comprehensive stumpwork information online, as far as I can tell! You can see the 3-d element from this angle.
I added two beads for the eyeballs and love the effect on this beetle embroidery, I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me to include beads in embroidery! I love how the little beetle turned out and need to get my hands on some metallic thread to make more of them. Stumpwork really excited my imagination, and I want to try other techniques soon.
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3 years after this post, I turned it into a necklace! I bought the hoop/setting from artbase off Etsy and love how it turned out!
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Stumpwork hand embroidery tutorials & resources
I always spend a lot of time browsing images, tutorials, and information before I try my hand so I’ll share those below, I also found out that there is Craftsy class about stumpwork* that looks neat and gets good reviews.
Some visual browsing inspiration for you below, too:
- A TON of cool projects all rounded up at Sew in Love
- Earthy moss art by Emma Mattson
- Modern, shocking KISS fan art on flickr
- Cute squirrel on The Floss Box
- Sweet bird’s wreath on The Floss Box
- Fuzzy bird on The Floss Box
- There were some beautiful looking books on stumpwork* – I ordered the beetle one, on a whim!
Have you tried stumpwork before?