No matter how gorgeous it may be, embroidery is, typically, rather flat. That is, unless you make it 3-D. Then, embroidery becomes extraordinary as shown in these 12 exquisite dimensional projects.
This selection of 3-D embroidery designs will get you started:
Stitch a bouquet
These beautiful roses stitch up piece by piece on shimmering organza, a specialty of Bluprint member Embroidershoppe, and are easily assembled into a stunning bouquet. Colors can be adjusted to your preference or décor.
This pillow combines fill stitch embroidery with dimensional butterflies for a lovely 3-D work of art. It is made entirely in the hoop with multiple hoopings.
Photo via Bluprint member EmbGarden
This shabby chic layered flower would wear well as a pin or accent on any purse, snap bag, tote or wall hanging.
Photo via Bluprint member Embroidershoppe
These gorgeous blooms are unbelievably lifelike. Even better, they need no pruning or watering and are guaranteed to never die.
This striking combination of filled stitching and dimensional flowers would be beautiful framed. Beading adds to the dimension.
Add a button, or two
Photo via Bluprint member Jenny of ELEFANTZ
Sometimes, a strategically placed button or two is all it takes to transform 2-D to 3-D. This piece would be beautiful without the buttons, but they definitely add interest and elegant charm to the inspirational message.
A monogram would otherwise be quite simplistic, but cover a button and add a ruffle and it turns into a whimsical accent. In-the-hoop hair clippies, shown on the above right, are very popular. They finish up quickly and are adorable.
Use decorative trims
Photo via Bluprint member Baby Kay’s Appliqué
The tentacles in this jellyfish appliqué design could have easily been digitized as fill stitches, but incorporating rickrack into the design adds so much more interest and depth. A coordinating bow finishes off the ensemble.
Photo via Bluprint member Val Laird Designs
Coordinating fabric roses offset these lovely travel pieces. Diagonal threading and tiny buds embroidered on the rick rack further enhance the overall elegance.