Story of the Street in Gothenburg design
Do you love embroidery and dream to visit Scandinavia? You’re in the right place! As a Swedish embroidery artist, I had to create a design of my birth city: Gothenburg. This thread painting of a street in Gothenburg, Sweden is a fun challenge for embroiderers who wish to expand their embroidery skills.
Thread painting, as opposed to modern hand embroidery, is characterized by stitched surfaces. The split stitch or satin stitch techniques are ideal, which makes the process slightly more time consuming than our graphical embroidery designs. However, the pattern fits perfectly into a hoop of 15cm (6″) in diameter. Therefore, despite a lot of surfaces to cover, the smaller size of the design makes it very manageable.
Furthermore, thread painting is unique for its focus on painting techniques. This means that a greater emphasis is put on color choices and direction of stitches to capture depth in the design. For example, if you stitch vertical or horizontal satin stitches, you will create different illusions of the height of the building.
Embroidery stitches used in this pattern:
- Back stitch
- Satin stitch
- Split stitch
- French knot
Materials you need to complete this embroidery design:
- 🖼️ Cotton canvas (or any non-stretch and non-transparent cotton fabric such as Duck canvas 7oz)
- 🖼️ Embroidery hoop of 15cm (6“)
- 🎨Embroidery needle (We love to use 1-5 Bohin France or DMC needles)
- 🧵 Embroidery floss (DMC colour codes are indicated on your pattern pdf)
- ✂️ Scissor
- 📝 Carbon paper for transfer (Alternatively solvy paper, iron-on pen or any other transfer method of your preference)
- 🖊️ Pointy ball point pen
- 📏 Optional: Small ruler
Here is an article with more information about the various materials that we use.
→ Included in your pattern pdf is a video tutorial on how to transfer our architectural hand embroidery designs with carbon paper.
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Then you’d want to have a look at our in depth Architectural hand embroidery and threadpainting courses on Charles and Elin Academy!
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