Learn how to create embroidery on printed photo fabric

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There are endless creative possibilities with embroidery – it’s not just needle and thread. Giebels floor, aka Full Metal Needle, is an artist who goes beyond craft traditions by incorporating photography into her hoop art. His pieces feature characters with their backs to the camera, gazing at picturesque landscapes. Areas such as the ocean, grassy fields and forests remain as printed images while the characters are enhanced with stitching.

A key element of Giebels couture is the hair of her subjects. This is where she uses the yarn blur to her advantage. Giebels uses the thread painting technique to convey shadows and highlights on a braided coif or long, loose hairstyle. Placing certain hues side by side creates a realistic effect that complements the photograph it is stitched onto. The results are a unique form of mixed media art.

If you want to learn to sew like Giebels, now is your chance at My Modern Met Academy, our online learning platform with online courses in a variety of creative subjects. Her class is called Intermediate Embroidery: Getting Creative with Printed Fabrics. You’ll take your embroidery to new heights using printed fabric while learning how to embroider hair and clothing.

“I created this course to show students, step by step, how they can combine embroidery with printed fabric,” she says of her class. “I love helping other embroidery artists build their skills and learn new things. I really enjoy working with printed fabrics and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks.

Floor Giebels, aka Full Metal Needle, is an artist who goes beyond embroidery traditions by incorporating photography into her hoop art.

Embroidery on printed fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on printed fabric by Floor Giebels

His pieces feature characters with their backs to the camera, gazing at picturesque landscapes.

Embroidery on printed fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on printed fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on printed fabric by Floor Giebels

Areas such as the ocean, grassy fields and forests remain as printed images while the characters are enhanced with stitching.

Embroidery on printed fabric by Floor Giebels

Embroidery on printed fabric by Floor GiebelsEmbroidery on printed fabric by Floor Giebels

Here is an overview of the class:

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