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.
Wrap some florist tape around the base of the stems to secure them.
The 9 petals that stitched out together are slightly smaller than the 12 that were stitched. These smaller petals are the ones that are used to make the bud centers.
Cut nine 12-inch pieces of 26-gauge wire. Make a small loop at one end by wrapping it around your finger. Use a glue gun to stick these loops to the base of each of the smaller petals.
Cut six 12-inch pieces of 22-gauge wire. Use the glue gun to stick one end of the wire down the center of six of the larger petals, on the wrong side. The remaining six petals need a piece of 22-gauge wire glued down the center-with no stem. Trim the wire even with the base of each petal.
Gather the nine smaller petals that have the wire loops glued to them. Arrange three petals around each pearl center.
Arrange the three completed buds together to form the center of the rose.
Arrange the six larger petals with the wire stems around the clustered bud center.
Finally, place a dab of hot glue on the RIGHT SIDE of each of the remaining petals. Stick them around the outside of the rose to make it fuller.
Add the leaves around the outer edge of the rose. The leaves also need a 12-inch piece of 22-gauge wire stuck to the backs of them first. I decided to use only two of the three leaves that I embroidered. Then all you have to do is wrap all the individual wires together to form the stem using the Floral Stem Tape. Trim the ends of the wire at the desired length of your stem before you wrap it with the tape (that way you can cover the sharp ends).
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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