Vines are one of the easiest and fastest borders to add to an embroidery! In this tutorial I’ll show you how to draw the vines, how to stitch them, and also some tricks for keeping the back of your work nice and neat. 😀
Want to learn how to embroider the flowers? Here’s the tutorial!
First, you’ll want to draw a couple vines as shown in my “how to add borders to your embroideries” tutorial! Transfer them to some fabric.
Now, you’ll want to stitch the stem part of the vine using a stem stitch. If you’re not familiar with this stitch, go here to learn how to do it. 😀 It’s just as easy as a running stitch, so you can lay it down really fast.
Here’s a photo of what the back should look like when you’re done. 🙂
Once that’s done, we’ll do the leaves! Bring your needle to the front of your work right next the stem.
Insert your needle next to where you came up and poke it back out of the fabric at the end of the leaf or line you’ve drawn.
Loop the tail end of the floss behind the tip of the needle.
Pull the needle through the fabric, using your hands to keep the floss from getting crazy. As you get closer to the end of the floss, you’ll see a loop forming. This loop is your leaf! If you pull the floss tightly, you’ll get a skinny leaf like mine. If you leave it loose, you’ll have a more open and chubby leaf.
Once your leaf is the size you want it, tack the end of the leaf down by placing a small stitch over the end of the loop.
Repeat this process until you’re done! The more you make these, the better you’ll get at figuring out what the leaf will look like based on your needle placement. You can make long skinny leaves and tiny fat leaves and everything in between!
Oh! And here’s a bonus for keeping your work neat.
If you do each pair of leaves and then flip your work over, you can insert the needle into the stitches from those leaves to get you back to the middle of the stem to start again. That way you’re not carrying your floss across the left or right side from leaf to leaf. 🙂