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Fabrics 101: Embroidering on Velvet

Fabrics 101:
Embroidering on Velvet

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.


Velvet is a very soft and luxurious fabric to embroider on. Find our best tips for embroidering on velvet in this helpful tutorial, including hints for hooping, stabilizer, and more.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Velvet
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)

Designs featured in this tutorial and video include:

J4837, Couture Dress Form - Little Black Dress
J2908, Shoes Fashion Silhouette Square
J5294, Flower Cameo - Gerbera Daisies

Free video with instructions on how to create a velvet shoe bag.

This video demonstrates how to embroider onto velvet, and make a shoe bag too!


Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Velvet comes in a variety of styles. Some has a high nap, others a low nap. Velvet can be stretchy, or relatively stable.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
When choosing designs to embroider onto velvet, choose designs with medium complexity.

Avoid light designs with running stitches, like Redwork, vintage, or toile. The light stitches will likely disappear in the nap of the velvet.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Generally velvet should not be hooped, as the hoop can crush the nap.

Instead, spray a piece of medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Hoop the stabilizer firmly.

Smooth the velvet on top.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Add a piece of lightweight water-soluble stabilizer (like Sulky Solvy) to the top. This helps to keep the stitches from sinking down into the nap.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Pin all three layers -- cutaway stabilizer, velvet, topping -- together.

Place the pins very close to the sides of the hoop so that the needle doesn't hit the pins while embroidering.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the design.

A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is fine choice when working with velvet.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
After embroidering, trim the cutaway stabilizer away from the back.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Tear the lightweight water-soluble stabilizer away from the front, too.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
This fabulous shoe bag uses velvet to create an extravagant look.

See how to make the bag in this free tutorial.

Free instructions for embroidering on velvet.
Velvet is also a popular fabric to use for Christmas projects, like this elegant ornament.

Find the free step-by-step instructions for this ornament here.


Stitching tips for velvet:
 

Needle 75/11 or size 11 embroidery needle
 
Stabilizer A medium-weight cutaway stabilizer (2.5 ounces) is the best choice. Light-weight water-soluble stabilizer on top helps to prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric.
 
Design Choice Choose designs with medium complexity; avoid light or running-stitch designs, as those will likely get lost in the velvet's texture.
   


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