Draw a design on the water-soluble stabiliser. One tip is to use a printer to print a design and transfer it by tracing it onto the interfacing.
Fix the interfacing on the fabric using an embroidery hoop. Make sure the fabric is nice and taut.
Embroider your design and when you’re done, simply use water to dissolve the interfacing.
When working freeform, try using a variety of embroidery stitches. Download the list of all the stitches we used below. Here’s what we embroidered:
The stems are embroidered with a stem stitch (image 2) and the leaves using a satin stitch (image 4).
The white flowers have a French knot stitch (image 1) at the centre and loop stitches (image 5) for the petals.
The large pink flowers were worked in woven wheel stitches (image 3) to produce three-dimensional roses.
The dark red flowers have French knots at the centre and satin stitch petals.
Are you tired of counting exact thread and stitch numbers when embroidering? Then try freeform embroidery instead! Freeform embroidery is just what it sounds like, a craft technique where you can embroider exactly what you feel like and where it doesn’t have to turn out exactly as you thought in the beginning. One tip is to base your embroidery on a design drawn straight on the fabric or on water-soluble interfacing. Then all you have to do is let your creativity loose and freeform embroider using all kinds of stitches and techniques. Decorate a bag with hand embroidered flowers, stitch beautiful embroidered detailing onto a sweater or embroider an attractive decorative piece to hang on the wall.