How to Machine-Embroider a 3-D Flowercomments (8) September 27th, 2008
I first saw these amazing flowers at a Pfaff convention a few years ago. They were beautiful then, but they're even better now because Pam (the owner and designer of Pam's 3D Designs) has been busy refining her technique. When you try to push the envelop and think outside the machine-embroidery box, the results can sometimes be a little off. Happily, this is not the case with these flowers. It was a pleasure to embroider the petals and leaves and assemble the Confederate Rose. It's not often that I work on a project where I get to whip out my glue gun and wire-cutting scissor-I had a blast making this bloom. I hope you enjoy it too, plus it's a great way to Make It Pink! Here's the best part: You can try it for free. Click here to download a zipped folder containing the design files. Be sure to check out Pam's 3D Designs to see a full line of embroidered flowers, butterflies, and much more!
Here's what you'll need:
- The Confederate Rose downloaded and transferred to your embroidery machine
- A 5 x 7-inch hoop
- Three pieces of poly mesh stabilizer
- Two shades of pink for the petals
- Two shades of green for the leaves
- Fray Check
- Sharp scissors to trim away the stabilizer
- 22- and 26-gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Floral pearls (double sided)
- Florist tape (I love it because it stays put without a sticky mess-I bet you could wrap it around your thread to help keep it from unraveling!)
- Glue gun
This is a great project to work on while you're working on something else. Set your machine up and let it run, stitching out the petals and leaves. This take a little while, and since there is only one color change per hooping, you'll have plenty of time to accomplish something else at the same time! (I love multitasking!) Later, after the embroidery is done, you can relax on the couch and watch TV (or listen to TV) while you're trimming all the stabilizer away.
Before you start trimming, dot the edges of each section with Fray Check. That way you can get really close to the stitching without worrying about raveling or cutting the stitching and ruining the petal.
Make three bunches of double-sided pearls. Cut three pieces of 22-gauge wire approximately 12 inches long. Fold each bunch of pearls in half and twist one end of a piece of wire through the fold.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery