Take Embroidery to a New Dimension With 3-D Embroidery Designs

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.

3D embroidered poinsettia wreath on BluprintPoinsettia Christmas Wreath via Bluprint member Embroidershoppe

This selection of 3-D embroidery designs will get you started:

Stitch a bouquet

3D machine embroidered organza roses by Embroidershoppe on BluprintPhoto via Bluprint member Embroidershoppe

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.

Get the 3-D Organza Rose design here.

3D butterfly pillow by Embroidershoppe on BluprintPhoto via Bluprint member Embroidershoppe

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.

Get the Lavender and Butterfly Pillow design here.

Layered flower by Embgarden on BluprintPhoto 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.

Get the In the Hoop Layered Flowers Mega Set design here.
Machine embroidered 3D lily and violet on Bluprint

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.

Get the St. Joseph Lily design here.
Get the Purple African Violets design here.

3D machine embroidery on BluprintPhoto via Bluprint member Embroidershoppe

This striking combination of filled stitching and dimensional flowers would be beautiful framed. Beading adds to the dimension.

Get the Watercolor Bird and 3-D Blossom design here.

 Add a button, or two

Grattitude is an Attitude by Jenny of Elefantz on BluprintPhoto 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.

Get the GRATTITUDE is an Attitude pattern here.

3-D wristlet and pinwheel clippie by EmbGarden on BluprintPhotos via Bluprint member EmbGarden

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.

Get the Free Ruffled Bracelet Project here.
Get the Pinwheel Hair Clippie design here.

 Use decorative trims

3-D jelly fish applique by Baby Kays on Bluprint 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.

Get the Rick Rack Jellyfish Appliqué design design here.

Strewn With Roses by Val Laird Designs on BluprintPhoto 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.

Get the Strewn With Roses pattern here.

How do you make your embroidery 3-D?

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